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Preeti R. John, MBBS, MPH, F.A.C.S., FCCM, CPE, HEC-C

Academic Title:

Clinical Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:


Additional Title:

VAMHCS Integrated Ethics Program Director, Chair of Ethics Consultation Service, Vice-Chair of Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Ethics Committee


VA Maryland Healthcare System (VAMHCS), 10 N. Greene Street Room 5C-119

Phone (Primary):

(410) 605-7233

Education and Training

  • St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences, MBBS, Bangalore, India
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MPH, Baltimore, MD
  • Johns Hopkins University Division of Gastroenterology, and Department of Medicine, Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Baltimore, MD
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Surgery, General Surgery Residency, Baltimore, MD
  • Rutgers University Hospital Department of Surgery, Clinical Fellowships, Newark, NJ
  • Rutgers University Hospital, Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care and Trauma, Newark. NJ
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, Fellowship in Trauma Surgery, Baltimore, MD


Dr. Preeti John is a general surgeon who is fellowship trained in Trauma and Critical Care. She is triple board certified in the following specialties: General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She currently practices at the VA Maryland Healthcare System.

She is a healthcare ethics consultant (certified by the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities), and serves as chair of the VA Maryland Healthcare System's Ethics Consultation service. She also serves as vice-chair of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Ethics Committee (2022 - 2024).

She is the editor of a book titled ‘Being a Woman Surgeon – 60 Women Share Their Stories’ and is on the editorial board of the American Medical Women’s Association’s ‘Literary AMWA’ publication. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

Healthcare Ethics, End of Life Care, Pain Management, Tele-Critical Care

Highlighted Publications

Do Not Attempt Resuscitation in the Operating Room: A Misconstrued Paradox?
Journal of the American College of Surgeons, May 2022

DNR in the OR: Do Not Retain or Do Not Rescind? Use Your H.E.A.D
The American Surgeon, November 2020

Society of Critical Care Medicine Crisis Standard of Care Recommendations for Triaging Critical Resources During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Society of Critical Care Medicine

Optimizing Acetaminophen Use in Patients with Risk Factors for Hepatotoxicity: Reviewing Dosing Recommendations in Adults
Pain Medicine, Oxford Academic; pnaa274

Intermittent Pneumatic Compression of the Upper Extremity for Post-Operative Deep Venous Thrombosis Prophylaxis: A Pilot Randomized Trial
The American Surgeon, November 2020

Optimizing Advance Care Planning: The Veterans Health Administration’s Life Sustaining Treatment Decisions Initiative
Journal of Palliative Medicine, 2019 Vol 22, No. 5 p478

Disruptive Physician Behavior: The Importance of Recognition and Intervention and Its Impact on Patient Safety
Journal of Hospital Medicine, 2018 Mar;13(3):210-212


Being a Woman Surgeon – Sixty Women Share Their Stories
Publisher: Gordian Knot Books, April 2015; Narrative non-fiction

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Awards and Affiliations

2022 Presidential Citation for outstanding contributions to the Society of Critical Care Medicine


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