Tammy I. Kang, MD, MSCE, FAAHPM
As the inaugural Division 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 ways in which to care for patients and families holistically, and seeking data on how the integration of palliative care impacts the larger health care system. I have committed to growing the field of pediatric palliative care through training of specialists who have helped shape the landscape of the field in the United States. Collaboration in research to help improve aspects of care provided to this vulnerable population is paramount.
Feudtner C, Feinstein JA, Satchell M, Zhao H, Kang TI. Shifting place of death among children with complex chronic conditions in the United States, 1989-2003. Journal of the American Medical Association 2007 Jun 27;297(24):2725-32 PMID:17595273.
Feudtner C, Kang TI, Hexem KR, Friedrichsdorf SJ, Osenga K, Siden H, Friebert SE, Hays RM, Dussel V, Wolfe J. Pediatric palliative care patients: a prospective multicenter cohort study. Pediatrics 2011 Jun;127(6):1094-101. doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-3225.PMID:21555495.
Kang TI, Hexem K, Localio R, Aplenc R, Feudtner C. The use of palliative chemotherapy in pediatric oncology patients: a national survey of pediatric oncologists. Pediatric Blood & Cancer 2013 Jan;60(1):88-94. doi: 10.1002/pbc.24329. PMID:23024072.
Mack JW, Cronin AM, Kang TI. Decisional Regret Among Parents of Children With Cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2016 Sep 12. pii: JCO691634. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:27621402.
Wolfe J, Orellana L, Ullrich C, Cook EF, Kang TI, Rosenberg A, Geyer R, Feudtner C, Dussel V. Symptoms and Distress in Children With Advanced Cancer: Prospective Patient-Reported Outcomes From the PediQUEST Study. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2015 Jun 10;33(17):1928-35. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2014.59.1222. PMID:25918277.
Kang TI, Munson D, Hwang J, Feudtner C. Integration of palliative care into the care of children with serious illness. Pediatric Review 2014 Aug;35(8):318-25; quiz 326. doi: 10.1542/pir.35-8-318. No abstract available. PMID:25086163.
Morrison W, Kang T. Judging the quality of mercy: drawing a line between palliation and euthanasia. Pediatrics 2014 Feb;133 Suppl 1:S31-6. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-3608F. PMID:24488538.
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