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William R. Sexson

Dr. William R. Sexson, MD, MABioethics, FAAP

Dr. William R Sexson is a practicing Neonatologist with a Master‰Ûªs degree in bioethics. His long-term efforts to practice, promote, and advance ethical conduct have encompassed legislative initiatives, community engagement, ethics training, and educating society‰Ûªs leaders and professionals nationally and internationally. He spent 28 years in the Air Force before retiring as a Colonel (O-6). He served as Consultant to the Surgeon General USAF in Neonatology and Regional Systems development. While at Emory University, he has served as the Director of the Emory Regional Perinatal Center, Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs / Grady. Over his career, Dr. Sexson was appointed by the Governor to chair the Georgia Council on Maternal and Infant Health; Chair of Georgia Medicaid‰Ûªs Physician‰Ûªs Advisory Board, and Chair of the Child Health Advisory Committee for Georgia Medicaid. He was originator and founding Director of Emory‰Ûªs Urban Health Initiative. He is currently: Associate Director for Global Ethics of the Global Collaborating Center in Reproductive Health; Senior Faculty Fellow at the Emory Center for Ethics; Director of the Ethics and Engaged Professionalism Project (E2P2) at the Emory Center for Ethics, where he is developing the ‰ÛÏCivility Initiative‰Û to expose various communities to both conservative and liberal approaches to divisive topics.


  • Neonatology

Board Certifications

  • ABMS Pediatrics


  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center


  • Emory

Education & Training

  • Medical School: University of Mississippi School of Medicine
  • Internship: Wilford Hall Medical Center
  • Residency: University of Mississippi Medical Center

Honors & Awards

Leila D. Denmark Lifetime Achievement Award, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017

Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Humanitarian Award for Compassionate and Patient/Family-Centered Care, 2016


Stajich GV, Sexson WR. ÒEffect of Oval Famotidine on 24-hour Gastric Acidity in a Neonate with Suspected GER.Ó International Pharmaceutical Abstracts. 3/3597. Nov 15, 1996