Deena R. Levine, MD
Deena R. Levine, MD

Deena R. Levine, MD

Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty

Departments

Divisions

Education

BA – Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
MD – Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Residency – University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey
Fellowship – Johns Hopkins - National Institute of Health, Baltimore - Bethesda, Maryland

Research Interests

  • Pediatric palliative care and end of life care
  • Early integration of palliative care with oncology care
  • Bioethical issues in pediatric oncology
  • Decision making in pediatric oncology
  • Quality improvement to ensure the best care for pediatric oncology patients

Selected Publications

Levine D, Liederbach E, Johnson LM, Kaye EC, Spraker-Perlman H, Mandrell BN, Pritchard M, Sykes A, Lu Z, Wendler D, Baker JN. Are We Meeting the Informational Needs of Cancer Patients and Families? Perception of Physician Communication in Pediatric Oncology. Cancer. 1;125(9):1518-1526, 2019.

Levine D, Baker JN, Wolfe J, Lehmann LE, Ullrich C. Strange Bedfellows No More: How Integrated Stem Cell Transplant and Palliative Care Programs Can Together Improve EOL Care. Journal of Oncology Practice. 13(9):569-577, 2017.

Levine D, Johnson LM, Baker JN. Navigating Nondisclosure Requests in Pediatrics: Honesty and Sensitivity Are Transcultural Practices. JAMA Pediatrics. 2017.

Levine D, Mandrell BN, Sykes A, Pritchard M, Gibson D, Symons HJ, Wendler D, Baker JN. Patients’ and Parents’ Needs, Attitudes, and Perceptions About Early Palliative Care Integration in Pediatric Oncology. JAMA Oncology. 3(9):1214-1220, 2017.

Levine D, Johnson LM, Wiser RK, Gibson D, Kane JR, Baker JN.  Integrating Palliative Care in Pediatric Oncology: Evidence for an Evolving Paradigm of Comprehensive Cancer Care. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. 14(6):741-8, 2016.

Levine D, Johnson LM, Mandrell B, Yang J, West N, Hinds PS, Baker JN. Does Phase I Trial Enrollment Preclude Quality End of Life Care?  Phase I Trial Enrollment and End of Life Care Characteristics in Children with Cancer.  Cancer. 1;121(9):1508-12, 2015.

Levine D, Lam C, Cunningham M, Baker JN, et al.  Best practices for pediatric palliative cancer care: a primer for clinical providers.  Journal of Supportive Oncology, 11(3):114-125, 2013.

Levine D, Cohen K, Wendler D. Shared medical decision-making: considering what options to present based on an ethical analysis of the treatment of brain tumors in very young children. Pediatric Blood Cancer 59:216–220, 2012.

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Levine D, Johnson LM. The Ethics of Everyday Clinical Encounters: Unique Considerations for Adolescents and Young Adults: Ethical Issues in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Ed. Mazur. Springer, 2019.

Kaye EC, Gushue CA, DeMarsh S, Jerkins J, Li C, Lu Z, Snaman JM, Blazin L, Johnson LM, Levine D, Morrison RR, Baker JN. Impact of Race and Ethnicity on End-of-Life Experiences for Children With Cancer. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. Epub ahead of Print March 2019.

Levine D, Liederbach E, Johnson LM, Kaye EC, Spraker-Perlman H, Mandrell BN, Pritchard M, Sykes A, Lu Z, Wendler D, Baker JN. Are We Meeting the Informational Needs of Cancer Patients and Families? Perception of Physician Communication in Pediatric Oncology. Cancer. 1;125(9):1518-1526, 2019.

Kaye EC, DeMarsh S, Gushue CA, Jerkins J, Sykes A, Lu Z, Snaman JM, Blazin L, Johnson LM, Levine D, Morrison RR, Baker JN. Predictors of Location of Death for Children With Cancer Enrolled on a Palliative Care Service. Oncologist. 23(12):1525-1532, 2018.

Snaman JM, Kaye EC, Spraker-Perlman H, Levine D, Clark L, Wilcox R, Barnett B, Sykes A, Lu Z, Cunningham MJ, Baker JN.  Incorporating Bereaved Parents as Faculty Facilitators and Educators in Teaching Principles of Palliative and End-of-Life Care. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 35(12):1518-1525, 2018.

Kaye EC, Jerkins J, Gushue CA, DeMarsh S, Sykes A, Lu Z, Snaman JM, Blazin L, Johnson LM, Levine D, Morrison RR, Baker JN. Predictors of Late Palliative Care Referral in Children with Cancer. J Pain Symptom Manage. 55(6):1550-6, 2018.

Snaman JM, Talleur AC, Lu J, Levine D, Kaye EC, Sykes A, Lu Z, Triplett BM, Baker JN. Treatment intensity and symptom burden in hospitalized adolescent and young adult hematopoietic cell transplant recipients at the end of life. Bone Marrow Transplant. 53(1):84-90, 2018.

Kaye EC, Gushue CA, DeMarsh S, Jerkins J, Sykes A, Lu Z, Snaman JM, Blazin L, Johnson LM, Levine D, Morrison RR, Baker JN. Illness and end-of-life experiences of children with cancer who receive palliative care. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 65(4), 2018.

Levine D, Baker JN, Wolfe J, Lehmann LE, Ullrich C. Strange Bedfellows No More: How Integrated Stem Cell Transplant and Palliative Care Programs Can Together Improve EOL Care. Journal of Oncology Practice. 13(9):569-577, 2017.

Levine D, Mandrell BN, Sykes A, Pritchard M, Gibson D, Symons HJ, Wendler D, Baker JN. Patients’ and Parents’ Needs, Attitudes, and Perceptions About Early Palliative Care Integration in Pediatric Oncology. JAMA Oncology. 3(9):1214-1220, 2017.

 Kaye EC, Snaman JM, Johnson LM, Levine D, et al. Communication with Children with Cancer and their Families throughout the Illness Journey and at the End of Life. Palliative Care in Pediatric Oncology. Ed. Wolfe, Jones, Kreicbergs, & Momcillo. Cham: Springer, 2017. 55-94. 

Snaman JM, Kaye EC, Sykes A, Levine D, Mahoney D, Baker JN. Going Straight to the Source: A Pilot Study of Bereaved Parent-Facilitated Communication Training for Pediatric Subspecialty Fellows.  Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 64(1):156-162, 2017.

Snaman JM, Kaye EC, Levine D, Cochran B, Wilcox R, Sparrow CK, Noyes N, Clark L, Baker JN. Empowering bereaved parents in the Development of a Comprehensive Bereavement Program. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 53(4):767-775, 2017.

Levine D, Johnson LM, Baker JN. Navigating Nondisclosure Requests in Pediatrics: Honesty and Sensitivity Are Transcultural Practices. JAMA Pediatrics. 2017.

Levine D, Johnson LM, Wiser RK, Gibson D, Kane JR, Baker JN.  Integrating Palliative Care in Pediatric Oncology: Evidence for an Evolving Paradigm of Comprehensive Cancer Care. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. 14(6):741-8, 2016.

Mandrell BN, Baker JN, Levine D, Gattuso J, Coan A,Yang Y, Gajjar A, Bronicher A.  Patients With No Chance for Cure: Patient and Parent Proxy Reported Quality of Life and the Impact on the Parental Physical and Mental Health During the Treatment Trajectory.  Journal of Neuro Oncology. 129(2):373-81, 2016.

Snaman JM, Torres C, Duffy B, Levine D, Gibson, D, Baker JN.  Parental Perspectives of Communication at the End of Life at a Pediatric Oncology Institution.  Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.19(3):326-32, 2016.

Snaman JM, Kaye EC, Levine D, Chesney PJ, Jackson WC, Cunningham MJ, Baker JN. Palliative Oncology: A New Training Model for an Emerging Field. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 20;34(3):288-9, 2016.

Baker JN, Levine D, Hinds P, Weaver MS, Cunningham MJ, Anghelescu D, Johnson LM, Mandrell B, Gibson DV, Jones B, Wolfe J, Feudtner C, Freibert S, Carter B, Kane JR. Research Priorities in Pediatric Palliative Care: A Delphi Study. The Journal of Pediatrics. 167(2):467-70, 2015.

Kaye EC, Rubenstein J, Levine D, Baker JN, Friebert S. Pediatric Palliative Care in the Community: Extending the Care Continuum for Children with Cancer. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.  65(4):316-33, 2015.

Vern-Gross TZ, Lam CG, Levine D, Graff Z, Singhal S, Gibson D, Coan A, Yuan Y, Anghalescu D, Baker, JN. Patterns of End-of-Life Care in Children with Advanced Solid Tumor Malignancies Enrolled on a Palliative Care Service.  Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 50(3):305-12, 2015.

Levine D, Johnson LM, Mandrell B, Yang J, West N, Hinds PS, Baker JN. Does Phase I Trial Enrollment Preclude Quality End of Life Care?  Phase I Trial Enrollment and End of Life Care Characteristics in Children with Cancer.  Cancer. 1;121(9):1508-12, 2015.

Levine D., Baker JN.  “We’ve been dating long enough; It’s time to talk marriage”: Palliative Care and Stem Cell Transplant. AAP Section on Hospice and Palliative Medicine Newsletter.  June 2014.

Cunningham M, Mahoney D, Levine D, Snaman JM, Lyman J, Baker JN. Symptom Management Chapter for “A Parent’s Guide to Enhancing Quality of Life in Children with Cancer” a publication of the American Childhood Cancer Organization, 2014.

Levine D, Lam C, Cunningham M, Baker JN, et al.  Best practices for pediatric palliative cancer care: a primer for clinical providers.  Journal of Supportive Oncology, 11(3):114-125, 2013.

Levine D, Johnson LM.  Allocation of drugs in short supply. Virtual Mentor. 1;15(8):645-8, 2013.

Levine D, Cohen K, Wendler D.  Shared medical decision-making: considering what options to present based on an ethical analysis of the treatment of brain tumors in very young children. Pediatric Blood Cancer 59:216-220, 2012.

Snaman JM, Kaye EC, Sykes A, Levine D, Mahoney D, Baker JN. Going Straight to the Source: A Pilot Study of Bereaved Parent-Facilitated Communication Training for Pediatric Subspecialty Fellows.  Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 64(1):156-162, 2017.

Last update: September 2019