• Kim Overby

Kim J. Overby, MD, MBE


Dr. Overby is a clinical ethicist and pediatrician who has served on the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Iowa, the University of Pennsylvania, and Weil Cornell Medical College and as the Medical Director for a non-profit human service organization working with children and adults with developmental and other disabilities. She has participated on the clinical ethics consultation services at both New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she also served as the Physician Co-chair for the HUP Ethics Committee. Dr. Overby’s scholarly interests center on ethical issues encountered in contemporary healthcare settings with a particular focus on disability, chronic illness, and the healthcare experience of vulnerable and marginalized populations. She participates in teaching bioethics and professionalism to medical students at the Perelman School of Medicine and master’s candidates in the Penn Masters of Bioethics Program.

Selected Publications

Overby KJ, Fins JJ:

Organ Transplantation for Individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Sandra Jensen’s Legacy. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 2016;25:272-281.

Overby KJ, Weinstein MS, Fiester AM:

Addressing Consent Issues in Donation after Circulatory Determination of Death.  American Journal of Bioethics. 2015;15(8):3-9.

Overby KJ, Weinstein MS, Fiester AM:

Response to Open Peer Commentaries on "Addressing Consent Issues in Donation after Circulatory Determination of Death." American Journal of Bioethics. 2015;15(9):W3-W5.

Olson T, Overby KJ, Bessler M, Wilson DB:

Chapter 24: Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Medical Care for Patients with Dyskeratosis Congenita. In Dyskeratosis Congenita Clinical Guidelines (1st ed., 2015). Editors: Sharon A. Savage and Elizabeth F. Cook. Dyskeratosis Congenita Outreach Inc.

Overby KJ:

Chapter 1: Pediatric Health Supervision. Rudolph’s Fundamentals of Pediatrics.  3rd edition (2002).  Abraham Rudolph, Robert Kamei, and Kim Overby (Editors); McGraw-Hill, New York, New York.

Overby KJ:

Chapter 1: Pediatric Health Supervision. Rudolph’s Pediatrics.  21st edition (2003). Abraham Rudolph, Colin Rudolph (Editors); Appleton and Lange, Norwalk, CT.

Overby KJ (with Drs. Rudolph and Kamei):

Editor, Rudolph’s Fundamentals of Pediatrics. 3rd edition; McGraw-Hill, New York, New York 2002.

Overby KJ:

Associate Editor, Rudolph’s Pediatrics. 21st edition (2003). Appleton and Lange, Norwalk, CT.


MBE, University of Pennsylvania

Internship and residency, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Robert Wood Johnson General Pediatric Fellowship, Stanford University

MD, University of Pennsylvania

BS, Ohio University