Dr. Ira J. Kodner


Dr. Ira J. Kodner is our featured Ageless- Remarkable St. Louisan of the day! 


Dr. Ira J. Kodner, 76, a retired colorectal surgeon, discovered a need to teach medical personnel better ways to deal with patients and their families early on in his career, which led him to a lifetime commitment to the study of medical ethics.

Today, he is a nationally recognized expert in the field. As director of the Washington University Center for the Study of Ethics and Human Values, Dr. Kodner advocated, published books and articles, and lectured across the country, bringing the issue of medical ethics and end-of-life issues to the forefront of healthcare.

He continues to teach, consult, write and maintain a leadership role in educating surgical residents on these important topics. He currently serves as Emeritus Professor of Surgery at Washington University, a member of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation Board and on several national boards and committees that promote palliative care and other ethical issues.

He also volunteers on the Jewish Community Relations Council, the OASIS Institute, Washington University Medical School and Lift for Life Academy.