Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH
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Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH

Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH

 

Chief, Division of General Pediatrics

Stephen D. Handler Endowed Chair of Medical Ethics

Physician & Research Director, PACT & Complex Care

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

 

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Roberts Center, Room 11123

2716 South Street

Philadelphia, PA 19146-2305

 

 

 

Education and professional experience

1985

BA, Princeton University (Molecular Biology)

1987

MA, Lancaster University, England (History of Science)

1995

MD, University of Pennsylvania (Medicine)

1995

PhD, University of Pennsylvania (History and Sociology of Science)

2000

MPH, University of Washington (Health Services)

 

 

1995-98

Pediatric Residency, University of Washington

1998-00

Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Washington

 

 

2000

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington

2002

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania

2010

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania

2014

Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, U Pennsylvania

 

 

2008-22

Director, Department of Medical Ethics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

2008-

Stephen D. Handler Endowed Chair of Medical Ethics

2010-19

Fellowship Director, Academic General Pediatrics

2015-21

Associate Chief, Division of General Pediatrics

2020-

Chair, Healthcare Ethics Consultant Certification Commission

2021-

MPI, Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Training (PHEOT)

2021-

Chief, Division of General Pediatrics

 

 

Short biography

Chris Feudtner, MD PhD MPH, is a pediatrician, clinical investigator, and ethicist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, who focuses on improving the lives of children with complex chronic conditions and their families. He is an attending physician and Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at CHOP. He is the founder of the Department of Medical Ethics at CHOP, holding the Steven D. Handler Endowed Chair of Medical Ethics, and director of research for the Pediatric Advance Care Team (which provides palliative, end-of-life, and bereavement services) and the Complex Care Service (which cares for hospitalized children with chronic conditions and technology-dependent health care needs). He is currently the chair of the national Healthcare Ethics Consultation Certification Commission. He has published over 300 articles 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, the National Library of Medicine, and several generous private foundations.  In the realm of pediatric palliative care, Chris is board-certified in hospice and palliative care medicine, and is one of the leading researchers, educators, and leaders of the field.  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).  He has also published Light and Shadow: A Novel of Pediatric Internship (BookBaby, 2021). In the field of medical ethics, Chris has worked on understanding medical student and resident ethical development, examined the ways that emotions and cognitive heuristics shape medical decision-making, and on the interface of ethics and public health policy regarding immunizations and the care of children with complex chronic conditions, including when needed palliative and hospice care. Chris’s clinical, teaching, mentoring, and research accomplishments have been recognized by the Stanley Stamm Role Model in Medicine Award (given by the residents in the pediatric training program at the University of Washington in 2000), The Class of 1990 David Cornfeld Bedside Teaching Award (given by the residents of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2005), The Leonard Tow Humanism Award (given by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2011), the Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award (given by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2011), the CHOP Mentor Award (given by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2012), the Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award (2014), the American Academy of Pediatrics William G. Bartholome Award for Ethical Excellence (2017), appointment as a Hastings Center Fellow (2014), and the Award for Excellence in Scientific Research in Palliative Care from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2019). He lives outside of Philadelphia with his wife (a family physician), three children (two now off at college), and a very eager canine companion on morning outings, Rita.

 

Even shorter (and preferred) biography

Chris Feudtner is a pediatrician, clinical investigator, and ethicist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania who focuses on improving the lives of children with complex chronic conditions and their families. He is Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at CHOP. Over the years, he has conducted a wide variety of research projects and been involved in developing clinical programs while also taking care of complex pediatric patients, including providing palliative care, as well as providing clinical ethics consultations. He lives outside of Philadelphia with his wife (a family physician), three children (two now off at college), and a very eager canine companion on morning outings, Rita.