Alex Lion, DO MPH

Alex Lion, DO MPH

Associate Director, The Evans Center for Spiritual and Religious Values in Healthcare at IUH

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Cancer Predisposition

Co-Director, Religion and Spirituality in Medicine Scholarly Concentration at IU SOM  


Dr. Alex Lion is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children. Dr. Lion’s clinical work focuses on neuro-oncology and cancer predisposition, with a scholarly focus on the integration of spirituality in medicine. He is the co-director of the Religion and Spirituality in Medicine Scholarly Concentration at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is also the wellness officer for the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Riley Hospital. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Public Health from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed Residency at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and Fellowship at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.  Dr. Lion also completed a Fairbanks Clinical Ethics Fellowship at Indiana University.  When not working, Dr. Lion enjoys reading comic books, making music, and spending time with his wife and three children.


  • 2018 – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Fellowship
  • 2017 – Fairbanks Clinical Ethics, Fellowship
  • 2015 – Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, Resident
  • 2012 – Touro University California, MPH
  • 2012 – Touro University California, DO
  • 2005 – Fresno Pacific University, BA

Representative Publications

  • Csaba Szilagyi, Alex H. Lion, Shelley E. Varner Perez, Sarah Koch, Oladele Oyedele, James E. Slaven, Kianna Montz, Joan E. Haase, Christina M. Puchalski. Interprofessional spiritual care education in pediatric hematology/oncology: A pilot study. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, First published: 16 December 2021
  • Bibler, TM, Stahl, D, Fantus, S, Lion, A, & Brothers, KB. A process-based approach to responding to parents or guardians who hope for a miracle. Pediatrics, Volume 145 (3), March 2020.
  • Lion, A (2020). First Rites: A Spiritual History Case Study. JAMA Oncology, Published Online: January 9, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.5980
  • Lion, A, Skiles, J, Watson, B, Young, JD, Torke, A (2019). Chaplain care in pediatric oncology: Insight for interprofessional collaboration. Pediatric Blood & Cancer,
  • Gunderman, R and Lion, A (2019). How Intrapersonal Diversity Enhances Creativity: Leonardo da Vinci. Academic Radiology, Volume 26, Issue 7.
  • Lion, A, Skiles, J, Watson, B, Young, JD, Torke, A (2018). Whole person care in pediatric oncology: insight for chaplain-physician collaboration. Neuro-Oncology, 20(suppl_2):i179-i179.
  • Lion, A, Skiles, J, Torke, A, Young, JD, Ott, M (2017). Ethics case study in spirituality in pediatric oncology: Physician Prayer. Newsletter of the AAP Section on Bioethics.
  • Lion, A (2017). The Code, the Cloud, and the Doppler. New England Journal of Medicine, 377, 20: 1915-1917.