Chris Feudtner, MD PhD MPH, is a pediatrician, epidemiologist, historian, and ethicist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania who focuses on improving the lives of children with complex chronic conditions and their families.
He is the Director of the Department of Medical Ethics at CHOP, and holds the Steven D. Handler Endowed Chair of Medical Ethics at CHOP, where he is also an attending physician and director of research for the Pediatric Advance Care Team (which provides palliative, end-of-life, and bereavement services) and the Integrated Care Service (which cares for hospitalized children with chronic conditions and technology-dependent health care needs). He has published over 160 articles and chapters regarding pediatric palliative care, epidemiology, health service use and quality, child outcomes, and medical ethics, with funding from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Library of Medicine.
As a historian of medicine, Chris authored a book on the history of diabetes in America, entitled Bittersweet: Diabetes, Insulin, and the Transformation of Illness (University of North Carolina Press, 2003). Chris’s teaching, mentoring, and research accomplishments have been recognized by the Stanley Stamm Role Model in Medicine Award (2000), The Class of 1990 David Cornfeld Bedside Teaching Award (2005), The Leonard Tow Humanism Award (2011), the Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award (2011), and the CHOP Mentor Award (2012).
1994. Do Clinical Clerks Suffer Ethical Erosion? Students' Perceptions of Their Ethical Environment and Personal Development. Acad Medicine Vol. 69: 670-679.
1997. Temporary Matters: The Ethical Consequences of Transient Social Relationships in Medical Training. JAMA Vol. 278: 739-743.
2001. Ethics and Immunization Policy: Promoting Dialogue to Sustain Consensus. Pediatrics Vol. 107: 1158-1164, May 2001.
2002. Characteristics of Deaths Occurring in Children's Hospitals: Implications for Supportive Care Services. Pediatrics Vol. 109: 887-893.
2007. Shifting Place of Death Among Children with Complex Chronic Conditions in the United States, 1989-2003. JAMA 297(24): 2725-32.
2007. Collaborative Communication in Pediatric Palliative Care: A Foundation for Problem-Solving and Decision-Making. Pediatric Clinics of North America 54(5): 583-607.
2010. Parental Hopeful Patterns of Thinking, Emotions, and Pediatric Palliative Care Decisionmaking: A Prospective Cohort Study. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. Sep;164(9):831-9.
2011. Pediatric Palliative Care Patients: A Prospective Multicenter Cohort Study. Pediatrics. May 9. [Epub ahead of print]
2011. Prevalence of Polypharmacy Exposure Among Hospitalized Children in the United States. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011. [Epub ahead of print]
2012. Influences on decision making identified by parents of children receiving pediatric palliative care. AJOB Primary Research.; 3(1):1-7.
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