PEDIATRIC SERIES: Decision Making in Pediatric Palliative Care
In this webinar, we will review the available data on decision making in pediatric palliative care. We will also discuss barriers to decision making, as well as a method to help providers think through difficult decisions with parents of children who have life-limiting illness.
Scott Maurer, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Chief, Division of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Scott Maurer provides palliative care consultative services to patients on all services in the hospital. He focuses on advanced care planning, decision making support, pain and symptom management, care coordination, end-of-life, and bereavement care for pediatric patients with life-limiting illness. Together with colleagues from the supportive care team, obstetrics, genetics, and neonatology, Dr. Maurer co-founded a perinatal palliative care program at the University of Pittsburgh. He also serves as the pediatric palliative care course director for the University of Pittsburgh palliative care fellowship program, and provides teaching to pediatric residents and medical students.
Dr. Maurer has mentored numerous medical students, residents, and fellows in clinical and research palliative care projects. He is active in both institutional and cooperative research projects in pediatric palliative medicine, and has spoken at national and international conferences about how to better care for children requiring palliative medicine services.
Dr. Maurer received his medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University in 2004, completed a pediatric residency at the University of Washington, and a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology with palliative care training at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric hematology/oncology, and hospice and palliative medicine.