What Is Professionalism?

Professionalism describes the behaviors, responsibilities and values one assumes in practice of a profession.

In medicine, medical education and training, professionalism includes absolute integrity, awareness of the impact of one's behavior on patients, colleagues and coworkers. It includes clear, honest and timely communication, meticulous, compassionate and up-to-date care, with the highest priority given to the needs and interests of our patients.

In research, it includes absolute integrity and collegial and respectful relationships with colleagues and coworkers. It is respect and concern for the welfare of research subjects, both human and nonhuman, and manage any potential conflict or appearance of conflict of interest.

Our Staff

Director Ellen Friedman, M.D., FAAP, FACS

Ellen Friedman, M.D.
Ellen Friedman, M.D.

Since 1991, Dr. Ellen Friedman has served as the chief of service for the Department of Otolaryngology at Texas Children's Hospital and has held the Bobby Alford Department Chair in Pediatric Otolaryngology at the College since 2009.

She has held hospital appointments in Boston at The Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Friedman is on the editorial boards of a number of professional journals.

She has been president of the American Bronchoesophagological Association and the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology.

Dr. Friedman is currently serving:

  • As a director of the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • As a representative for Otolaryngology for the Residency Review Committee
  • On the advisory council for the American College of Surgeons
  • Past president of the medical staff at Texas Children's Hospital

Among many professional honors, she was named the 2010 recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award for Humanism in Medicine, which honors compassion and empathy in the delivery of patient care.

Recently, Friedman was recognized by the Baylor College of Medicine Academy of Distinguished Educators with the Fulbright and Jaworski Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching and Evaluation.

James Banfield, J.D.

James Banfield is a key member of the Center for Professionalism in Medicine. His legal expertise, supportive approach and experience in related areas are critical to the success of the mission for the center. Mr. Banfield's understanding of complex issues as well as a demonstrated determination to create solutions which are fair and balance the interests of all concerned make his role essential to this group.