Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH

Professor, Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine

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 the Director of the Department of Medical Ethics, and holds the Steven D. Handler Endowed Chair of Medical Ethics at CHOP, where he is also the Associate Division Chief for the Division of General Pediatrics and 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 300 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. In the realm of pediatric palliative care, Chris is board-certified in hospice and palliative care medicine, and is one of the preeminent 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). 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 Pediatric’s William G. Bartholome Award for Ethical Excellence (2017), and appointment at a Hastings Center Fellow (2014). He lives outside of Philadelphia with his wife (a family physician), three children, and two dogs.