Chris Feudtner Honored for Distinguished Palliative Work
distinguished work in advancing the practice of palliative care. The annual Cunniff-Dixon awards honor five physicians in various stages of their careers for "exemplary skill and compassion at the bedside.
Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine; Director of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Department of Medical Ethics and Director of CHOP's Pediatric Advanced Care Team.
In nominating Dr. Feudtner for the award, Perelman School Medical Ethics and Health Policy Chair Ezekiel Emanuel wrote that Dr. Feudtner's "plural excellences -- extraordinary success as a nationally recognized researcher and ethicist combined with exceptional face-to-face skills -- make him, in my mind, the epitome of the kind of doctor all worried parents would want for their sick children and the embodiment of the clinical leader needed by complex health care organizations serving sick children and their families."
The Cunniff-Dixon Foundation, whose mission is to enrich the doctor-patient relationship near the end of life, funds the awards. The Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute that has done groundbreaking work on end-of-life decision-making, cosponsors the awards. The Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life oversees the selection process.