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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
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
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
Hilary A. Flint, DO Pediatrician, Palliative Medicine Specialist
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
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
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Department of Anesthesia
Optimizing pediatric pain management
Nursing assessment of pediatric pain in verbal and nonverbal children
Mark Meyer, MD Anesthesiologist
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.
Deborah W. Palmisano, MSW, LISW Social Worker, Pediatric Palliative Care Team / PACT
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