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Palliative Care is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our faculty and staff.
Norbert J. Weidner, MD Anesthesiologist 513-636-4408 firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Director, StarShine Hospice
Medical Director, Pediatric Palliative Care / PACT
Associate Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia
Norbert J. Weidner, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician as well as a board-certified anesthesiologist. Following training in pediatrics Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, as well as Dayton Children's Hospital, he pursued a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia/critical care/regional anesthesia in Melbourne, Australia, for one year.
Upon completion of his fellowship in 1988, Dr. Weidner joined the Department of Anesthesia at Cincinnati Children's. In addition to his staff duties as an anesthesiologist, Dr. Weidner was an attending staff in the pediatric intensive care unit for approximately two years.
To incorporate the fellowship training he received in Australia, Dr. Weidner began the pain management group at Cincinnati Children's. He has participated in the pain management group both in the care of acute postoperative pain as well as chronic pain management.
In 2004, Dr. Weidner received Board Certification with the American Board for Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Weidner has been affiliated with the hospice service at Cincinnati Children's since its inception and currently serves as StarShine Hospice's Medical Director .
Dr. Weidner is passionate about partnering with families to offer a range of comprehensive, family-centered care to children with chronic, complex or life-threatening conditions. His vision to address the needs of this patient population resulted in the development of the Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team (PACT) here at Cincinnati Children's. Dr. Weidner serves as the director of this consulting service.
MD: Temple Medical School, Philadelphia, PA, 1975.
Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1975-77; Pediatrics, Dayton Children's Hospital, Dayton, OH 1981-82; Anesthesia, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1985-87.
Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesia, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, 1988.
Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, 1983; American Board of Pediatrics, 1989; Diplomat, American Board Medical Acupuncture, 2001; Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2004.
Goldschneider KR, Racadio JM, Weidner NJ. Celiac plexus blockade in children using a three-dimensional fluoroscopic reconstruction technique: case reports. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2007 Nov-Dec;32(6):510-5. Weidner NJ. Pediatric palliative care. Curr Oncol Rep. 2007 Nov;9(6):437-9. Review Cripe LH, Barber BJ, Spicer RL, Wong BL, Weidner N, Benson DW, Markham LW. Outpatient continuous inotrope infusion as an adjunct to heart failure therapy in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Neuromuscul Disord. 2006 Nov;16(11):745-8.
Weidner NJ. The evolution of pediatric palliative medicine and its integration with anesthesia. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2006 Winter;44(1):109-18. Review. Weidner NJ. Developing an interdisciplinary palliative care plan for the patient with muscular dystrophy. Pediatr Ann. 2005 Jul;34(7):546-52. Review.
Suzanne B. Black, MSN, APRN, CFNP Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care 513-636-5479 email@example.com
Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care
Pediatric hematology / oncology; palliative and hospice care; pain and symptom management in children with life-threatening chronic illnesses; end of life care
Suzanne Black began her career as a staff nurse in adult oncology and later in a medical / surgical adult Intensive Care Unit / ICU setting before receiving her Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University as a family nurse practitioner.
In 1990, Suzanne joined Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in the Hematology / Oncology Division as a nurse practitioner.
Suzanne remained with Hematology / Oncology until 2003, when she joined the Department of Anesthesia, fulfilling the role of family nurse practitioner in the Same Day Surgery setting.
Suzanne also served as a family nurse practitioner for the Division of Pain Management, participating in the clinical care of patients with acute and chronic pain.
In January of 2006, Suzanne transitioned her role in the Division of Pain Management to help develop and fill the position of family nurse practitioner for the Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team / PACT at Cincinnati Children's.
BSN: Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 1980
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner, Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, CT, 1988
Certification: Certified Family Nurse Practitioner; Certificate to Prescribe and Certificate of Authority through the Ohio Board of Nursing ; Credentialed Allied Health Professional through the Medical Staff Office at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; Pediatric Advanced Life Support certified through the American Heart Association
Erin K. Brazill, MS, ATR-BC, MSW, LISW
Art Therapist, Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team (PACT) 513-636-7790 firstname.lastname@example.org
DonnaMaria E. Cortezzo, MD Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care (PACT) 513-598-0063 email@example.com
Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care (PACT)
MD: University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT, 2008.
Residency: Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT, 2011.
Fellowship: Neonatology, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT, 2014.
Certification: Pediatrics, 2011.
Cortezzo DE, Sanders MR, Brownell E, Moss K. End-of-Life Care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Experiences of Staff and Parents. Am J Perinatol. 2014 Dec 17.
Cortezzo, DE, Sanders, MR, Brownell, E, Moss K. Neonatologists’ Perspectives of Palliative and End-of-Life Care Neonatal Intensive Care Units. J Perinatol. 2013 Sept;33(9):731-5.
Black EP, Wei J, Atluri S, Cortezzo DE, Koziol-Dube K, Hoover DG, Setlow P. Analysis of factors influencing the rate of germination of spores of Bacillus subtilis by very high pressure. J Appl Microbiol. 2007 Jan;102(1):65-76.
Atluri S, Ragkousi K, Cortezzo DE, Setlow P. Cooperativity between different nutrient receptors in germination of spores of Bacillus subtilis and reduction of this cooperativity by alterations in the GerB receptor. J Bacteriol. 2006 Jan;188(1):28-36.
Black EP, Koziol-Dube K, Guan D, Wei J, Setlow B, Cortezzo DE, Hoover DG, Setlow P. Factors influencing germination of Bacillus subtilis spores via activation of nutrient receptors by high pressure. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2005 Oct;71(10):5879-87.
Cortezzo DE, Setlow P. Analysis of factors that influence the sensitivity of spores of Bacillus subtilis to DNA damaging chemicals. J Appl Microbiol. 2005 Mar;98(3):606-17.
Cortezzo DE, Koziol-Dube K, Setlow B, Setlow P. Treatment with oxidizing agents damages the inner membrane of spores of Bacillus subtilis and sensitizes spores to subsequent stress. J Appl Microbiol. 2004 Oct;97(4):838-52.
Jacobs ME, Cortezzo DE, Klobutcher LA. Assessing the effectiveness of coding and non-coding regions in antisense ribosome inhibition of gene expression in Tetrahymena. J Eukaryot Microbiol. 2004 Sep-Oct;51(5):536-41.
Cortezzo DE, Setlow B, Setlow P. Analysis of the action of compounds that inhibit the germination of spores of Bacillus species. J Appl Microbiol. 2004 Apr;96(4):725-41.
Hilary A. Flint, DO Pediatrician, Palliative Medicine Specialist 513-636-5479 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pediatrician, Palliative Medicine Specialist
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia
Palliative medicine; end of life care; care of children with complex medical needs; pain management
Lori Herbst, MD Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine 513-803-4829 email@example.com
Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine
Attending Physician, Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team (PACT)
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
MD: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 2009.
Residency: Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2013.
Fellowship: Hospice and Palliative Care, Ann Arbor, MI, 2014.
Certification: Pediatrics, 2013; Internal Medicine, 2013.
Lori Ann McKenna, MSN, APRN, CPNP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Department of Anesthesia 513-636-7768 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Department of Anesthesia
Optimizing pediatric pain management
Nursing assessment of pediatric pain in verbal and nonverbal children
Mark Meyer, MD Anesthesiologist 513-636-4408 email@example.com
Palliative medicine; end of life care; anesthesiology; pain management
Anesthesia; pain management
Mark Meyer, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist who completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Meyer joined the Department of Anesthesia in 2003 following his Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Dr. Meyer is a staff anesthesiologist, as well as an attending physician in the Division of Pain Management, caring for patients with acute pain. In addition, Dr. Meyer is an attending physician for StarShine Hospice, the pediatric hospice at Cincinnati Children's.
In 2006, Dr. Meyer received his board certification from the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has been an integral part of the development and implementation of the Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team / PACT at Cincinnati Children's.
Dr. Meyer is the PACT consulting physician, partnering with families in order to offer a range of comprehensive, family-centered care for children with chronic, complex or life-threatening conditions.
Kelly Porter, MSN, APRN, CNP Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team (PACT) 513-803-7160 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team (PACT)
BSN: Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY.
MSN: Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.
Rachel Thienprayoon, MD Attending Physician, Palliative Care Team 513-803-4687 email@example.com
Attending Physician, Palliative Care Team
Attending Physician, StarShine Hospice
Academic Hospitalist, Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute
UC Department of Pediatrics
Pediatric oncology; pediatric hospice and palliative medicine
Dr. Thienprayoon was a St. Baldrick's Fellows Grant recipient from 2011 to 2013. She was an ASH Clinical Research Training Institute participant in 2012. In 2014 she was part of the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence Quality Scholars Program.
BS: Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 2003.
MD: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, 2007.
Residency: General Pediatrics, Children's Medical Center Dallas, Dallas, TX, 2010.
Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX, 2013.
Fellowship: Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2014.
Board certification: General Pediatrics, 2012; Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2014.
Thienprayoon R, Campbell R, Winick NJ. Attitudes and practices in the bereavement care offered by children’s hospitals: a survey of the Pediatric Chaplains Network. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. Accepted for publication.
Thienprayoon R, Lee SC, Leonard D, Winick NJ. The association between race/ethnicity and hospice enrollment in children with cancer. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2013 Jun 3.
Thienprayoon R, Heym KM, Pelfrey L, Bowers DC. Accidental cytarabine overdose in childhood: a case series. Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2013 May;47(5):e24.
Kristin Todd, LISW
Social Worker, Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team (PACT) 513-803-2563 firstname.lastname@example.org
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