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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Sarah Friebert

First Name: Sarah

Last Name: Friebert

Position Title: Director, Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Division, Akron Children’s Hospital, Professor, Pediatrics, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Akron Children’s Hospital

Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care

Education/Training: Medicine

About Me/My interests: Sarah Friebert, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM, is the director and founder of the Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center at Akron Children’s Hospital (ACH), where she directs the ACGME-accredited palliative care fellowship program. The Center was selected as a Palliative Care Leadership Center through the Center to Advance Palliative Care in 2008. Dr. Friebert founded and chairs the National Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care Collaboration – an umbrella group comprised of all of the national organizations with a pediatric palliative care agenda – as well as the Ohio Pediatric Palliative End-of-life care Network (OPPEN). She is associate professor of pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University, assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), consulting pediatric medical director for NHPCO, and Chair of the Section of Hospice and Palliative Medicine for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Friebert completed her medical training at CWRU’s School of Medicine, her residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and her fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Dr. Friebert is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric hematology/oncology, and hospice and palliative medicine. She just completed a term as the first woman President of ACH’s medical staff. In 2008, she received the Legendary Service Award from the ACH Department of Pediatrics, and in 2009 she was awarded the Children’s Miracle Network “Miracle Achievement Award” for her transformational work. She is also the inaugural chair-holder of the first Endowed Chair in Pediatric Palliative Care in the nation, named in her honor.

Training Opportunities: Yes

My Contact Information:
Address: Akron Children’s Hospital; 1 Perkins Square; Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone: 330-543-3343

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Palliative care, ethics, program development, leadership

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

Feudtner C, Kang TI, Hexem K, Friedrichsdorf SJ, Osenga K, Siden H, Friebert S, Hays RM, Dussel VD, Wolfe J. Patients receiving pediatric palliative care consultations: a prospective multicenter cohort study. Pediatrics 2011 May

Friebert S. Pain management for children with cancer at the end of life: beginning steps toward a standard of care. Pediatr Blood & Cancer 2009 Jul; 52(7):749-50.

Johnston DL, Nagel K, Friedman DL, Meza JL, Hurwitz CA, Friebert S. Availability and use of palliative care and end-of-life services for pediatric oncology patients. J Clin Oncol 2008; 26(28): 4646-50.

Friebert S, Chrastek J, Brown M. (2011) Team relationships. In Hinds P, Sourkes B, Wolfe J, eds. Textbook of Interdisciplinary Pediatric Palliative Care, 1st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 148-58.

Zieber S, Friebert SE. (2008) Pediatric cancer care: special issues in ethical decision making. In Angelos P, ed. Ethical Issues in Cancer Patient Care, 2nd ed. New York: Springer; 93-116.

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