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Chris Feudtner, M.D., Ph.D.
Chris Feudtner, M.D., Ph.D., is a pediatrician, epidemiologist, historian, and ethicist. He holds the Steven D. Handler Endowed Chair of Medical Ethics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHO) and is the first Director of the Department of Medical Ethics at The CHOP. He has pioneered research and scholarship in the fields of pediatric palliative care and pediatric medical ethics.Dr. Feudtner’s research has provided crucial data for the design of systems of pediatric palliative care in both the hospital and the home settings. His colleagues have spoken of his tremendous work ethic, intelligence, thoughtful advice and outstanding clinical research expertise; he is considered the “go-to” faculty member for those faced with a difficult methodology issue or in need of assistance in working through challenges in project design. His explorations into the psychology of decision-making research focus on the psychological processes involved in decision-making in the setting of pediatric palliative care; this is yet another facet of his goal to develop better means to support parents in this most difficult and emotionally challenging of tasks. Dr. Chris Feudtner is a national leader in the arena of pediatric palliative care, constantly helping to improve care for both patients and parents in providing health services and care for children with complex chronic conditions.