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Mike McNeil, MD, MPH
Michael McNeil, MD, MPH

Michael McNeil, MD, MPH

Instructor, St. Jude Faculty

  • Director, St. Jude Global Palliative Care Program




  • BS (Physiology and Developmental Biology) - Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
  • MD - Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
  • Pediatrics Residency - University of Washington, Seattle, WA    
  • MPH - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore MD         
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship - University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship - St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN                   

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • 2019 Pediatric Palliative Medicine Access Fund Scholarship
  • 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting Merit Award 2021

Research Interests

  • Defining the state of palliative care for children with cancer in resource-constrained settings
  • Utilizing improvement science to implement interventions to address patient and family suffering through culturally sensitive and collaborative projects on a global scale
  • Bereavement support for family members after the death of a child

Selected Publications

McNeil MJ, Ehrlich B, Yakimkova T, et al. Regional adaptation of the education in palliative and end-of-life Care Pediatrics (EPEC-Pediatrics) curriculum in Eurasia. Cancer Med Sep 8, 2022.

McNeil MJ, Kiefer A, Woods C, Barnett B, Berry-Carter K, Clark L, Mandrell BN, Snaman J, Kaye EC, Baker JN. "You are not alone": Connecting through a bereaved parent mentor program for parents whose child died of cancer. Cancer Med Apr 1, 2022.

McNeil MJ, Ehrlich B, Wang H, et al. Physician Perceptions of Pediatric Palliative Care for Children with Cancer in Latin America. JAMA Network Open 2022. Mar 1;5(3):e221245, 2022.

Ehrlich B, Yakimkova T, Batmunkh T, Mishkova V, Movsisyan N, Kirgizov K, Borisevich M, Kizyma R, Graetz D, McNeil MJ, Vinitsky A, Smelov V, Corbex M, Lam CG, Kaye EC, Baker JN, Agulnik A. Translating Research to Action: The Development of a Global Pediatric Palliative Cancer Care Advocacy Tool. JCO Global Oncology Jan;8:e2100270, 2021.

Namisango E, Bhakta N, Wolfe J, McNeil MJ, Powell RA, Kibudde S, Luyirika EBK, Mulema V, Feudtner C, Baker JN. Status of Palliative Oncology Care for Children and Young People in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Perspective Paper on Priorities for New Frontiers. JCO Glob Oncol Aug;7:1395-1405, 2021.

McNeil MJ, Kaye EC, Vedaraju Y, Baker JN, Devidas M, Downing J, Graetz D, Ranadive R, Rosenberg AR, Wiener L, Weaver MS. Global Experiences of Pediatric Palliative Care Teams During the First 6 Months of the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic. J Pain Symptom Manage Mar 29:S0885-3924(21)00271-2, 2021. 

McNeil MJ, Baker JN, Snyder I, Rosenberg AR, Kaye EC. Grief and Bereavement in Fathers After the Death of a Child: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics Apr;147(4):e2020040386, 2021. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-040386. 2021 Mar 1: Epub ahead of print. 

Ehrlich, B, Movsisyan N, Batmunkh T, Kumirova E, Borisevich M, Kirgizov K, Graetz D, McNeil MJ, Yakimkova T, Vinitsky A, Ferrara G, Li C, Lu Z, Kaye K, Baker J, Agulnik A. Barriers to the early integration of palliative care in pediatric oncology in 11 Eurasian countries. Cancer Nov 15;126(22):4984-4993, 2020. doi: 10.1002/cncr.33151. Epub 2020 Aug 19.PMID: 32813913

Ehrlich, B, Movsisyan N, Batmunkh T, Kumirova E, Borisevich M, Kirgizov K, Graetz D, McNeil MJ, Yakimkova T, Vinitsky A, Li C, Lu Z, Kaye K, Baker J, Agulnik A. A Multi-Country Assessment of Provider Perspectives on Palliative Care Integration in Pediatric Cancer Care in Accordance with WHO Guidelines in Eurasia. Cancer Jun 12, 2020. Epub 2020 Jun 12.

McNeil MJ, Namisango E, Hunt J, Powell R, Baker J. Grief and Bereavement in Parents After the Death of a Child in Low- and Middle- Income Countries. Children May 1;7(5):39, 2020. doi: 10.3390/children7050039

Evers, PD, Starr M, McNeil MJ, O’Neill L, Posa A, Savage, T, Migita R. Suspected Pediatric Influenza Risk-Stratification Algorithm: a Clinical Decision Tool.  Pediatr Emerg Care Jan;36(1):1-8, 2020.

Phillips, CA, Razzaghi, H, Aglio, T, McNeil, MJ, Salvesen-Quinn, M., Sopfe, J, Wilkes, JJ, Forrest, CB, Bailey, LC. Development and evaluation of a computable phenotype to identify pediatric leukemia and lymphoma patients treated with chemotherapy using electronic health record data. Pediatr Blood Cancer Sep;66(9):e27876, 2019.

Hurst K, Badgley C, Ellsworth T, Bell S, Friend L, Prince B, Welch J, Cowan Z, Williamson R, Lyon C, Anderson B, Poole B, Christensen M, McNeil M, Call J, Edwards JG. A putative lysophosphatidylinositol receptor GPR55 modulates hippocampal synaptic plasticity. Hippocampus Sep;27(9):985-998, 2017.

McNeil, MJ, Kamal AH, Kutner JS, Ritchie CS, Abernethy AP. The Burden of Polypharmacy in Patients Near the End of Life. J Pain Symptom Manage Feb;51(2):178-183 2016.

Merrill C, McNeil M, Williamson R, Poole B, Nelson B, Sudweeks SN, Edwards JG. Identification of mRNA for endocannabinoid biosynthetic enzymes within hippocampal pyramidal cells and CA1 stratum radiatum interneuron subtypes using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. Neuroscience Aug; 218:88-99, 2012.

Last update: October 2022