Childress directs the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life. He is the author of numerous articles and several books in bioethics, including, with Tom L. Beauchamp, Principles of Biomedical Ethics (6th edition forthcoming in 2008). Childress was vice chair of the national Task Force on Organ Transplantation and has also served on the Board of Directors of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). He chaired the Institute of Medicine Committee that produced the report, "Organ Donation: Opportunities for Action" (2006).