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Dr. Feudtner's research strives to advance the well-being of pediatric patients with complex chronic conditions and serious, often rare, illnesses, and to promote the well-being of their families. Along with his colleagues, Dr. Feudtner is conducting studies focusing on pediatric palliative care, complex care, the impact on families of pediatric serious illness, and pediatric medical ethics.
As a pediatrician, clinical investigator, and ethicist, Dr. Feudtner has focused his career on improving the lives of children with complex chronic conditions and their families, including the provision of palliative care when indicated.
In the realm of pediatric palliative care, he is board-certified in hospice and palliative care medicine. He co-founded and co-lead the Pediatric Palliative Care Research Network, which has over 100 members across the United States and beyond. Currently, he is the principal investigator for the “SHARE” RO1-funded multicenter prospective observational cohort study of pediatric patients receiving palliative care services. He has been honored to receive the Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award (2014) and the Award for Excellence in Scientific Research in Palliative Care from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2019).
Regarding pediatric complex care, Dr. Feudtner has been a practicing “complex care” pediatrician for over 20 years. Earlier work on pediatric complex chronic conditions – enabling epidemiologic and health services research studies of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with these conditions –has resulted in hundreds of citations with work by other investigators, and has helped to bring the importance of this domain of pediatrics into clearer focus.
In the field of medical ethics, Dr. Feudtner is the director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Department of Medical Ethics, which provides clinical ethics consultation and ethics engagement throughout the hospital and network. As an investigator and scholar, he has examined the ways that emotions and cognitive heuristics shape medical decision-making, ethical considerations for programs aiming to serve children with medical complexity, and the interface of ethics and palliative care. In recognition for this work, he was appointed as a Hastings Center Fellow (2014) and received the American Academy of Pediatrics’ William G. Bartholome Award for Ethical Excellence (2017).
Education and Training
BA, Princeton University (Molecular Biology), 1985
MA, Lancaster University (History of Science), 1987
MD, University of Pennsylvania, 1991
PhD, University of Pennsylvania (History of Medicine), 1995
MPH, University of Washington (Health Services), 2000
Titles and Academic Titles
Division Chief, Division of General Pediatrics
Director, Department of Medical Ethics
Steven D. Handler Endowed Chair of Medical Ethics
Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Ethics and Health Policy
AOA Medical Society, 1995-
Society for Pediatric Research
Academic Pediatric Assocciation
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
American Association for the History of Medicine
American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
William Osler Medal, American Association of the History of Medicine, 1993
Stanley Stamm Role Model in Medicine Award, Pediatrics, University of Washington, 2002
Class of 1990 David Cornfeld Bedside Teaching Award, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2005
2011 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, Arnold P. Gold Foundation, 2011
Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award, University of Pennsylvania, 2011
Mentor Award, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2012
Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award, The Hastings Center, 2013
Fellow, The Hastings Center, 2014