Our Team

Section Chief

As the inaugural Section Chief of Palliative Care at Texas Children’s Hospital, I see the fundamental importance of treating distressing symptoms experienced by children and parents, understanding how parents, patients and care providers make medical decisions as disease changes, finding the best... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 832-822-7228

Attending Physicians

Dr. Jessica Casas' passion for influencing positive change and alleviating suffering guides her career goals that include integrating her work as a clinical oncologist with the development of a palliative care program. She strives to help other medical professionals become more familiar and... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin St., Ste. W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 832-822-7228
Dr Jarrell believes in a holistic approach to caring for patients and families and relies on an inter-disciplinary team to address physical, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of wellness and illness.  She strives for good communication with patients and families as well as with other... Read more

Address: Complex Care Clinic - Main Campus 6700 Fannin Street, Suite 1730 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US , Address: 6621 Fannin Street (Palliative Care) W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US , Address: Healthbridge Children's Hospital United States See map: Google Maps US
Phone: 832-822-3436 (Complex Care) | 832-822-7228 (Palliative Care)
As a dual trained critical care and palliative care physician, I am dedicated to a holistic approach to medicine that includes high quality, patient and family centered care. I am passionate about primary palliative care education, debriefing and physician wellness.  Clinical Interests: Palliative... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US , Address: Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus Houston, TX 77094 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 832-826-6230 (Critical Care) | 832-822-2778 (Palliative Care)
I am a dual-trained physician in pediatric rehabilitation medicine and palliative care. I am committed to providing my patients with high quality and evidence-based care that is also compassionate and patient and family-centered. Having lived and experienced medical education in a few different... Read more


Phone: 832-822-1620 (PM&R) | 832-822-7228 (Palliative Care)
No child or family should suffer needlessly as a result of their medical conditions. Clinical Interests Pain and Symptom Management, Ethics, Shared Medical Decision Making Research Interests Pain Management, Bereavement, Narrative Medicine

Address: 6621 Fannin Street W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 832-822-7228
I am a pediatric intensivist also certified in Palliative Medicine, which focuses on the care of seriously ill children, their families, and their medical teams. It is a privilege to provide direct care to these children and families as part of an outstanding multidisciplinary team, and to support... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 832-824-1000 (Critical Care) | 832-822-7228 (Palliative Care)
As a physician who treats children with medical complexity and children in need of palliative care, I am committed to supporting my patients and their families through their unique challenges and providing care that improves my patients’ quality of life. Clinical Interests: Care of the medically... Read more


Phone: 832-822-3436
I believe that every child deserves thoughtful, compassionate, person-centered healthcare. Clinical Interests: Communication, pain symptom management, and shared decision making. Research Interests: Medical education, communication, public understanding of healthcare.

Address: 6621 Fannin Street W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 832-822-7228

Palliative Care Nursing

Melody Hellsten is an experienced pediatric oncology and pediatric hospice nurse practitioner who has been board certified as a hospice and pediatric palliative care nurse.  She specializes in pediatric palliative care and is a member of the Palliative Care Program at Texas Children's Hospital.... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin St., W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 832-822-7228
To ensure that every patient and family receives access to high quality, compassionate, collaborative palliative care across the TCH system and to advance the field of pediatric palliative care. To provide this care in a holistic family centered approach utilizing an interdisciplinary team.... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 832-822-7228
I am passionate about providing comfort and enhancing quality of life for children with chronic and life limiting conditions. I enjoy working in two sections that allow me to focus on helping children live better for longer. Clinical Interests: I like teaching effective communication skills for... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus 18200 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77094 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US , Address: Texas Children's Hospital - The Woodlands 17580 Interstate 45 South The Woodlands, TX 77384 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US , Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus 6621 Fannin Street, W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 346-257-9942 (Direct Line) | 832-822-7228 (Clinic)
Pain and symptom management is one of the cornerstones to good pediatric palliative care.  As a nurse practitioner I see my role as a clinician and educator in helping managing pain and other difficult symptoms during the course of a child’s illness. Clinical Interests:    Pain and Symptom... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 832-822-7228

Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Team

Shannon Barnes, LMSW has been a social worker since 2007 and has worked with patients of every age and stage in life. Her most recent experience includes working with patients and families in the PICU at Texas Children’s hospital prior to joining the Palliative Care Team. The most important thing... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 832-822-7228
My practice is driven by two core social work values: recognizing the dignity and worth of each person and emphasizing the importance of human relationships. I approach each patient holistically with consideration of their unique family systems to better understand their quality of life goals. My... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 832-822-7228


Address: 6621 Fannin Street W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 832-822-7228


Address: 6621 Fannin Street W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 832-822-7228

Palliative Care Administration



Address: 6621 Fannin Street W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 832-822-7228


Address: 6621 Fannin Street W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 832-822-7228
I believe that everyone should serve as if they were a leader. Serving as a leader is to be inspiring, to be creative, and to have a complete vision of the objective, with the willingness to perform any task to reach the common goal. In essence, leading by example, and applying ethical principals... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 832-822-7228

Research

Through research I have come to understand and value the importance of compassion, comfort and communication especially when working with children and their families. I believe that we can improve the delivery of our healthcare system, and thus create a more positive and holistic environment for... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 832-822-7228
I aim to contribute to research that helps mitigate harmful outcomes of adverse life experiences including difficult symptom management. By partnering with patients and families, I believe we can build more resilient communities. Clinical Interests: Adolescent & young adult mental health,... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street W1990 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas US
Phone: 832-822-7228 (Clinic) | 832-824-9348 (Direct Line)