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Brittany Cowfer, MD
Brittany Cowfer, MD

Brittany Cowfer, MD

Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty




  • BA (Molecular and Cellular Biology) – Vanderbilt University
  • MD – University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Internship and Residency (Pediatrics) – Seattle Children’s Hospital/University of Washington
  • Fellowship (Pediatric Hematology/Oncology) – Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Fellowship (Hospice and Palliative Medicine) – Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine

Research Interests

  • Medical education, particularly communication training and debriefing
  • Prognostic communication in pediatric oncology
  • Palliative care in pediatric oncology

Selected Publications

Cowfer B, Kang TI, McEvoy MT. Practical Considerations for Prognostic Communication in Pediatric Cancer. Curr Probl Cancer Published online Sept 5, 2023. doi:10.1016/j.currproblcancer.2023.101009

Byrd AB, Akard, TF, Cowfer BA, Dietrich MS, Newton JL, Gilmer MJ. The Impact of Animal-Assisted Interaction on Anxiety in Children with Advanced Cancer and their Caregivers. J Palliat Med Published online ahead of print Sept, 2023. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2023.0091

Cowfer BA, Hunley TE, Mason EF, Dulek DE, Benedetti DJ. Thrombotic Microangiopathy Due to Progressive Disseminated Histoplasmosis in a Child With Down Syndrome and Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 45(1):38-40, 2023. doi:10.1097/MPH.0000000000002556

Cowfer BA, Dietrich MS, Akard TF, Gilmer MJ. Relationships Between Parental Anxiety and Child Quality of Life in Advanced Childhood Cancer. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol Nurs 40(4):209-216, 2023. doi:10.1177/27527530221147876

Walker H, Brisman R, Miller MC, Cowfer B, Akard T, Gilmer MJ. The effects of animal-assisted interactions on quality of life in children with life-threatening conditions and their parents. Int J Palliat Nurs 27(10):524-530, 2021. doi:10.12968/ijpn.2021.27.10.524

Akard TF, Burley S, Root MC, Dietrich MS, Cowfer B, Mooney-Doyle K. Long-Term Follow-Up of Legacy Services Offered by Children’s Hospitals in the United States. Palliat Med Rep 2(1):218-225, 2021. doi:10.1089/pmr.2021.0009

Cowfer BA, Akard TF, Gilmer MJ. Animal-Assisted Interventions for Children with Advanced Cancer: Child and Parent Perceptions. Palliat Med Rep 2(1):328-334, 2021. doi:10.1089/pmr.2021.0039

Cowfer BA, Dietrich MS, Akard TF. Effect of time on quality of parent–child communication in pediatric cancer. Pediatric Blood & Cancer 68(10):e29091, 2021. doi:10.1002/pbc.29091

Cowfer B, McGrath C, Trowbridge A. Teaching Pediatric Palliative Care Communication Skills to Fourth-Year Medical Students Through Role-Play. MedEdPORTAL 16:10991, 2020. doi:10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10991

Last update: November 2023