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Palliative Care


Texas Medical Center

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


West Tower
6621 Fannin St., Ste. 1990
Houston, TX 77030

Melody Hellsten, DNP, APRN, PPCNP-BC, CHPPN

Instructor / Nurse Practitioner, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology-Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
UT Houston HSC, School of Nursing DNP Doctor of Nursing Practice 2014
Syracuse University Masters Master of Science in Nursing 2000
Western Illinois University Masters Clinical Psychology 1987
Western Illinois University University Music Therapy 1985
Rush University Bachelors Bachelor of Science in 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.

Board Certifications
PPCNP-BC (American Nurse Credentialing Center)
Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse (HPCC – Hospice & Palliative Credentialing Center)

Selected Publications



* Texas Children's Hospital physicians' licenses and credentials are reviewed prior to practicing at any of our facilities. Sections titled From the Doctor, Professional Organizations and Publications were provided by the physician's office and were not verified by Texas Children's Hospital.