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Palliative Care


Texas Medical Center

Palliative Care
Phone: 832-822-7228
Fax: 832-825-7829


6621 Fannin Street
Suite W1990
Houston, TX 77030

Kim Sawyer, MD, MA, HEC-C

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Palliative Care, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Cincinnati Professional Education Graduate Certificate – Medical Education 2022
University of Washington Masters Master of Bioethics 2020
University of Washington School of Medicine Fellowship Bioethics 2020
Baylor College of Medicine Fellowship Hospice/Palliative Care 2018
Baylor College of Medicine Residency Pediatrics 2015
Baylor College of Medicine Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2012


I believe each child and family deserves holistic and personalized care. I love working with an interdisciplinary team to ensure that physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs are addressed as we walk with families facing serious illnesses.

I am also an ethicist, and seek to support patients, families and medical teams as they make complex decisions for children with all types of illnesses.

Clinical Interests:

Shared decision-making
Clinical ethics

Research Interests:

Medical education
Clinical ethics
Shared decision-making


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Member
American Academy of Pediatrics Member, Section on Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Section on Bioethics
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Member

Selected Publications

Johnson LM, Elliott A, Sawyer KE, Steuer KB, Levine DR. Beyond Mediation: A Toolkit Approach to Preventing and Managing Conflict with Patients and Families in Difficulty. American Journal of Bioethics. 2023 Jan;23(1):70-73. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2022.2146799. PMID: 36595020. 

Sawyer KE, Carpenter AT, Coleman RD, Tume SC, Crawford CA, Casas JA. Provider Perceptions for Withdrawing Life Sustaining Therapies at a Large Pediatric Hospital. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. 2022 Sep;64(3):e115-e121. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2022.05.009. Epub 2022 May 23. PMID: 35613688. 

Sawyer KE, Dundas N, Snyder A, Diekema DS. Competencies and Milestones for Bioethics Trainees: Beyond ASBH's Healthcare Ethics Certification and Core Competencies. Journal of Clinical Ethics. 2021 Summer;32(2):127-148. PMID: 34129529. 

Sawyer KE, Kraft SA, Wightman AG, Clark JD. Pediatric Death by Neurologic Criteria: The Ever-Changing Landscape and the Expanding Role of Palliative Care Professionals. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. 2021 Nov;62(5):1079-1085. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2021.04.026. Epub 2021 May 11. PMID: 33984463. 

McEvoy MJ, Scott MJ, Sawyer KE. Requests for Accommodation in Brain Death Cases: Emerging Role for Pediatric Palliative Care. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. 2021 Dec;62(6):1319-1324. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2021.04.020. Epub 2021 Apr 29. PMID: 33933614. 

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