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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Ernest Frugé


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Ernest Frugé

First Name: Ernest

Last Name: Frugé

Position Title: Professor of  Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine; Director, Psychosocial Programs, Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers

Job Responsibilities: Research and Other

Education/Training: Psychology

About Me/My interests: My primary research interests focus on the educational and organizational strategies that help health care providers develop capacities for “reflective practice,” effective communication, cultural competence and leadership.  I and colleagues at Baylor College of Medicine recently received a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation to translate methods developed in collaboration with the faculty and fellows in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology to other medical specialties and institutions. A comprehensive description of our methods is available at I am also interested in identifying challenges to professionalism and professional development and translating these findings into effective educational and organizational interventions.  My clinically-oriented research focuses on the psychological and social dynamics of illness, coping (of patients, families and providers), informed consent and decision making medical settings.  I am actively involved in projects focusing on adherence to follow-up care and vocational adjustment of long term survivors of childhood cancer, provider coping in the context of pediatric palliative care, and identifying the effective components of Arts in Medicine programs. 

Training Opportunities: Yes

My Contact Information:

Address:  6701 Fannin, Suite 1410, Houston, TX  77030


Phone: 832-822-4665

Topics of Interest for Collaboration:

Leadership, Reflective Practice, Medical Education, Patient Coping, Provider Coping

Publications that may be of interest to others:  


Frugé, E. Lakoski, J.M., Luban, N., Lipton, J.M., Poplack, D., Hagey, A. , Felgenhauer, J., Hilden, J., Margolin, J., Vaiselbuh, S. R. & Sakamoto, K.  Increasing Diversity in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.  Pediatric Blood and Cancer.  2011, 57, Issue 1, 147-152. PMID: 21284078

Frugé, E., Margolin, J., Horton, T., Venkateswaran, L, Lee, D., Yee, D.L. & Mahoney, D.  Defining and Managing Career Challenges for Mid-Career and Senior Stage Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologists.  Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2010, 55, Issue 6, 1180-1185. PMID: 20589622

Frugé, E., Mahoney, D.H., Poplack, D.G. & Horowitz, M.E. Leadership: "They Never Taught Me This in Medical School".  Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 2010, 32, No. 4, 304-308. PMID: 20445418

Teal, C.R., Shada, R.E., Gill, A., Thompson, B.M., Frugé, E., Villarreal, G.B. & Haidet, P.  When Best Intentions Aren’t Enough: Helping Medical Students Develop Strategies for Managing Bias about Patients.  Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2010, 25, No. 2, 115-118. PMID: 20352504

Frugé, E., Drutz, J., Horowitz, M., Reflective Practice & Leadership in Medicine & Medical Education. MedEdPORTAL; 2009. 

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