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Academic Title:

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:


Additional Title:

VAMHCS Integrated Ethics Program Director, Chair of Ethics Consultation Service, Facility LSTDI Director


10 N. Greene Street

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 and is executive director of the Integrated Ethics Program. Dr. John also directs the implementation of a Veterans Health Administration quality improvement initiative, the “Life Sustaining Treatment Decisions Initiative”, (LSTDI) co-ordinating all aspects of the LSTDI in the in-patient and out-patient settings and intensive care units.

She is a healthcare ethics consultant (certified by the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities), and serves on the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Ethics Committee. She is editor of a widely acclaimed 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

Highlighted Publications

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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