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Palliative Care


Texas Medical Center

Phone: 832-826-8047
Fax: 832-825-7829


6621 Fannin Street
Suite W1990
Houston, TX 77030

Gina Santucci, MSN, FNP, APN-BC

Nurse Practitioner


School Education Degree Year
Drexel University Masters Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner 2006
S.U.N.Y Downstate Medical Center Bachelors Bachelor of Science in Nursing 1985


Supporting an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to 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 managing pain and other distressing symptoms during the course of a child’s illness.

Clinical Interests:

Pain and symptom management, Communication, Children with medical complexity

Research Interests:

Pain management, improving communication skills


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine Member
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Member
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Member

Selected Publications

Santucci G., Kang T., Introduction to Pediatric Palliative Care In: Kobler, K., Limbo, R., (Eds) Conversation in perinatal, neonatal and pediatric palliative care. Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing (2017) 1-7. 

Santucci, G., (Ed) Core Curriculum for the Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Nurse 2nd Edition.  Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association; 2017.

Santucci, G., Battista, V., Methylnaltrexone for opioid induced constipation in patients at the end of life.  International Journal of Palliative Nursing (2015) 21 (4). 

Battista, V., Santucci, G., Presenting pediatric palliative care as a model of care for the hospitalized child. In: Dahlin C, Coyne PJ, Ferrell, BR (Eds) Oxford Textbook of Advance Practice Palliative Nursing. New York, Oxford Press (2015) 

Santucci, G., Mack, J. Common gastrointestinal symptoms in pediatric palliative care: nausea, vomiting, anorexia and cachexia. In: Kang, T., Munson, D., Klick, J. (Eds) Pediatric Clinics of North America (2007) 54(5) 673-689.

Santucci, G., Battista, V., Kang, T., Caring for the Infant with Trisomy 18: The bioethical Implications of Treatment Decisions on Nurses. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing (2004). 16 (7) 388-393. 

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