Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team

  • Meet the Team

    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.

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    Director

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    Norbert J. Weidner, MD
    Anesthesiologist

    513-636-4408

    norbert.weidner@cchmc.org

    Norbert J. Weidner, MD

    Anesthesiologist

    Medical Director, StarShine Hospice

    Medical Director, Pediatric Palliative Care / PACT

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

    Phone: 513-636-4408

    Fax: 513-636-2920

    Email: norbert.weidner@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Palliative medicine; end of life care; anesthesiology; pain management

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

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    Staff

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    Suzanne B. Black, MSN, APRN, CFNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care

    513-636-5479

    suzanne.black@cchmc.org

    Suzanne B. Black, MSN, APRN, CFNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care

    Phone: 513-636-5479

    Fax: 513-636-2920

    Email: suzanne.black@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric hematology / oncology; palliative and hospice care; pain and symptom management in children with life-threatening chronic illnesses; end of life care

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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

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    Erin K. Brazill, MS, ATR-BC, MSW, LISW
    Art Therapist, Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team (PACT)

    513-636-7790

    erin.brazill@cchmc.org


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    DonnaMaria E. Cortezzo, MD
    Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care (PACT)

    513-598-0063

    donnamaria.cortezzo@cchmc.org

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    DonnaMaria E. Cortezzo, MD

    Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care (PACT)

    Phone: 513-598-0063

    Email: donnamaria.cortezzo@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    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.

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    Hilary A. Flint, DO
    Pediatrician, Palliative Medicine Specialist

    513-636-5479

    hilary.flint@cchmc.org

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    Hilary A. Flint, DO

    Pediatrician, Palliative Medicine Specialist

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

    Phone: 513-636-5479

    Email: hilary.flint@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Palliative medicine; end of life care; care of children with complex medical needs; pain management

    Biography

    Hilary Flint, DO, is a board-certified pediatrician who specializes in palliative medicine, pain and symptom management as well as care for medically fragile children. Originally from Mississippi, Dr. Flint completed a pediatric residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center-Blair Batson Children’s Hospital. After developing an interest in pediatric palliative medicine, Dr. Flint pursued a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

    Dr. Flint moved to Cincinnati after completing her fellowship and joined the Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team (PACT) at Cincinnati Children’s where she focuses on enhancing the quality of life for children with life-threatening conditions. In keeping with her interest in caring for children with medically complex disease, Dr. Flint also joined the Center for Infants and Children with Special Needs, now the Complex Care Center, where she practices family-centered, comprehensive care.

    Dr. Flint is passionate about caring for children who are suffering from complex or life-threatening conditions. She, along with an interdisciplinary team, accomplishes this by assessing and treating the unique physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of patients and families under her care.

    Education and Training

    DO: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2006.

    Residency: University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2009.

    Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2010.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2009. Board-eligible-Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2010.

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    Lori Herbst, MD
    Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

    513-803-4829

    lori.herbst@cchmc.org

    Lori Herbst, MD

    Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

    Attending Physician, Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team (PACT)

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-4829

    Email: lori.herbst@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    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.

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    Lori Ann McKenna, MSN, APRN, CPNP
    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Department of Anesthesia

    513-636-7768

    lori.mckenna@cchmc.org

    Lori Ann McKenna, MSN, APRN, CPNP

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Department of Anesthesia

    Phone: 513-636-7768

    Fax: 513-636-2029

    Email: lori.mckenna@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Optimizing pediatric pain management

    Research Interests

    Nursing assessment of pediatric pain in verbal and nonverbal children

    Education and Training

    BSN: Bowling Green State University in consortium with The Medical College of Ohio, OH, 1993.

    MSN: University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, OH, 2003.

    Certification:  Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (by PNCB), 2003; Certified Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (by PNCB), 2007; Certified Pain Management Nurse (by ANCC), 2007; Pediatric Advanced Life Support, 1996; Certificate of Authority from Ohio Board of Nursing, 2003.

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    Mark Meyer, MD
    Anesthesiologist

    513-636-4408

    mark.meyer@cchmc.org

    Mark Meyer, MD

    Anesthesiologist

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

    Phone: 513-636-4408

    Fax: 513-636-2920

    Email: mark.meyer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Palliative medicine; end of life care; anesthesiology; pain management

    Research Interests

    Anesthesia; pain management

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1998.

    Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, 2002.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2003.

    Certification: Anesthesiology, 2004; Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2006.
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    Kelly Porter, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team (PACT)

    513-803-7160

    kelly.porter@cchmc.org

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    Kelly Porter, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team (PACT)

    Phone: 513-803-7160

    Email: kelly.porter@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    BSN: Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY.

    MSN: Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.


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    Rachel Thienprayoon, MD
    Attending Physician, Palliative Care Team

    513-803-4687

    rachel.thienprayoon@cchmc.org

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    Rachel Thienprayoon, MD

    Attending Physician, Palliative Care Team

    Attending Physician, StarShine Hospice

    Academic Hospitalist, Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

    UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-4687

    Email: rachel.thienprayoon@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric oncology; pediatric hospice and palliative medicine

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Board eligible: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, 2013; Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2014.

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    Kristin Todd, LISW
    Social Worker, Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team (PACT)

    513-803-2563

    kristin.todd@cchmc.org