St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
As a pediatric oncologist, palliative care physician, member of the ethics committee and Phase I and end-of-life care clinical investigator at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, I am intimately aware of the distress experienced by children with advanced cancer and the ethical and end-of-life/bereavement issues surrounding their disease progression. I currently serve as the Chief of the Division of Quality of Life and Palliative Care at St. Jude as well as the medical director of our Quality of Life Service – the St. Jude palliative care team. I also serve as the Director of our Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship program – the largest fellowship program in the state of TN. My research interests include ethical considerations surrounding enrollment in Phase I clinical trials, AYA palliative oncology care, end-of-life decision making, integrating palliative care into the ongoing care of children with cancer as well as pain and symptom control in the context of pediatric oncology care. I have participated in >25 studies related to pediatric palliative care and have authored numerous manuscripts and book chapters on the topics ethical decision making as well as other palliative care subjects within the context of pediatric oncology.
Pediatric Oncology, Palliative Care