Integrating Bereaved Parents into Education and Parent-to-Parent Support Mechanisms

As a pediatric oncologist, palliative care physician, and vice-chair of the ethics committee at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Dr. Justin Baker is intimately aware of the distress experienced by children with advanced cancer and the ethical and end-of-life/bereavement issues surrounding their disease progression. He currently serves as the Chief of the Division of Quality of Life and Palliative Care at St. Jude as well as the medical director of the Quality of Life for All (QOLA) Service – the St. Jude palliative care team – and as the Director of the hospital’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship program. Despite his status as an internationally recognized expert and leader in the field of Pediatric Palliative Oncology, Dr. Baker can often be spotted strolling the halls of St. Jude in a koala suit, the beloved QoLA mascot. He was a 2019 Finalist for the Schwartz Center’s National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award.

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