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Pediatric Palliative Oncology Symposium (PPOS)

Palliative Care is about Promoting Quality of Life for ALL

Virtual Symposium
Thursday, September 14, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm (CDT)



The 2023 Pediatric Palliative Oncology Symposium (PPOS) was held virtually on September 14, 2023 and focused on the comprehensive care of children with cancer and their families. Our theme for this year was: Palliative Care is about Promoting Quality of Life for ALL.

Featured experts and a panel of bereaved parents covered a host of challenging subjects, including:

  • Resilience in pediatric palliative oncology.
  • Update on the development and current status of the palliative care standards.
  • Ethical issues and a framework for ethical decision-making in pediatric palliative oncology.
  • Psychiatric and mental health needs for pediatric palliative oncology.
  • Pediatric palliative care in humanitarian crises.
  • Multimodal analgesia in pediatric palliative oncology.
  • Grief and bereavement in children.
  • Bereaved parent panel.

Links to available videos are included in the Agenda below.


Faculty Speakers

Portrait of Justin Baker

Justin N. Baker, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM
Member, St. Jude Faculty
Chief, Division of Quality of Life and Palliative Care
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Memphis, TN

Portrait of Doralina Anghelescu

Doralina Anghelescu, MD
Pediatric Pain Consultant
Global Pediatric Medicine
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Memphis, TN

Portrait of Megan Doherty

Megan Doherty, MD, FRCPC
Paediatric Palliative Director
South Asia, Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration
North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Portrait of Robert Macauley

Robert Macauley, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM
Cambia Health Foundation Endowed Chair in Pediatric Palliative Care
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, OR

Portrait of Abby Rosenberg

Abby R. Rosenberg, MD, MS, MA
Chief, Pediatric Palliative Care
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Director, Pediatric Palliative Care
Boston Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Portrait of Lori Wiener

Lori Wiener, PhD, DCSW, FAPA, FAPOS
Senior Associate Scientist
National Cancer Institute, Center for Cancer Research
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD



Time (CDT) Topic and Speaker
8:00 - 8:10 am Welcome and Announcements
Justin Baker
8:10  - 9:00 am Grand Rounds: The Science and the Art of Resilience: Lessons learned from patients, clinicians, and communities
Abby R. Rosenberg
9:00 - 9:15 am Break
9:15 - 10:00 am Update on the development and current status of the Palliative Care Standards
Lori Wiener
Watch Video
10:00 - 11:00 am Music Therapy and spiritual care at the end of life
Amy Love and Chaplain Mark Brown, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Watch video
11:00 - 11:15 am Break
11:15 am - 12:00 pm Ethical issues and a framework for ethical decision-making in Pediatric Palliative Oncology
Robert Macauley
Watch video
12:00 - 12:45 pm Psychiatric and mental health needs for Pediatric Palliative Oncology
Natalie Jacobowski
Watch video
12:45 - 1:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 - 2:15 pm Pediatric Palliative Care in humanitarian crises
Megan Doherty
Watch video
2:15 - 3:00 pm Multimodal analgesia in Pediatric Palliative Oncology
Doralina Anghelescu
Watch video
3:00 - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 - 3:45 pm Grief and bereavement in children
Grief Support Coordinator, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Watch video
3:45 - 4:45 pm Bereaved parent panel
Moderator: Justin Baker
Watch video
4:45 - 5:00 pm Closing remarks
Justin Baker

CME Information

  1. Specialties - Bone Marrow Transplant/Cellular Therapy, Child Life, Critical Care Medicine, Global Pediatric Medicine, Hospitalist, Medicine, Neuro-Oncology, Nursing, Oncology, Pain Medicine, Palliative Care, Pediatrics, Physician Assistant, Psychology/Psychiatry, Social Work, Spiritual Care/Chaplain

  2. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    • Summarize and explain the basic concepts of pediatric palliative care.
    • Identify and manage end-of-life symptoms in children with cancer and high-risk illnesses.
    • Define how to measure and standardize quality palliative care for children with cancer.
    • Identify opportunities to address palliative care needs in humanitarian crises.
    • Prepare for communication challenges with patients, families, and interdisciplinary team members.
    • Define fundamental principles that guide ethical decision-making and resolving conflict.
    • Identify opportunities for integrative medicine within pediatric oncology and advanced pain management.
    • Demonstrate current models of pediatric palliative care integration in the outpatient and home setting.