Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH

Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, is director of the Department of Medical Ethics at CHOP and director of Research for the Pediatric Advance Care Team and the Integrated Care Service.

Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


    Pediatrics - University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    Board Certification

    Hospice and Palliative Medicine

    Undergraduate Degree

    University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    Graduate Degree

    Lancaster University, England

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Physician

    Director of Research, Pediatric Advanced Care Team

    Director, General Pediatrics Fellowship Program

    Academic Investigator, Healthy Weight Program

  • Departments and Services
  • Publications


    Feudtner C. The Bittersweet Transformation of Diabetes: A Paradigm of Chronic Illness Change in Modern America. University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming.

    Book chapters:
    Feudtner C. Pathway to health: juvenile diabetes mellitus and the origins of managerial medicine. In The Formative Years: Childhood Health and Health Care 1880-2000. Stern A, Markel H (Eds.). 2002, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, Michigan.


    Simon TD, Berry J, Feudtner C, Stone BL, Sheng X, Bratton SL, Dean JM, Srivastava R. Children with complex chronic conditions in inpatient hospital settings in the United States. Pediatrics. 2010 Oct;126(4):647-55. Epub 2010 Sep 20. Read abstract.

    Daymont C, Hwang WT, Feudtner C, Rubin D. Head-circumference distribution in a large primary care network differs from CDC and WHO curves. Pediatrics. 2010 Oct;126(4):e836-42. Epub 2010 Sep 20. Read abstract.

    Weiss PF, Klink AJ, Localio R, Hall M, Hexem K, Burnham JM, Keren R, Feudtner C. Corticosteroids may improve clinical outcomes during hospitalization for Henoch-Schönlein purpura. Pediatrics. 2010 Oct;126(4):674-81. Epub 2010 Sep 20. Read abstract.

    Weiss PF, Klink AJ, Luan X, Feudtner C. Temporal Association of Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and Parainfluenza Pediatric Hospitalizations and Hospitalized Cases of Henoch-Schonlein Purpura. J Rheumatol. 2010 Sep 15. [Epub ahead of print] Read abstract.

    Feudtner C, Carroll KW, Hexem KR, Silberman J, Kang TI, Kazak AE. Parental hopeful patterns of thinking, emotions, and pediatric palliative care decision making: a prospective cohort study. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 Sep;164(9):831-9. Read abstract.

    Feudtner C, Pati S, Goodman DM, Kahn MG, Sharma V, Hutto JH, Levin JE, Slonim AD, Hall M, Shah SS. State-level child health system performance and the likelihood of readmission to children's hospitals. Pediatr. 2010 Jul;157(1):98-102.e1. Epub 2010 Mar 20. Read abstract

    Chris Feudtner, Dimitri A. Christakis, Frederick J. Zimmerman, John H. Muldoon, John M. Neff, Thomas D. Koepsell.  “Characteristics of Deaths Occurring in Children’s Hospitals: Implications for Supportive Care Services.” Pediatrics 109 (May 2002): 887-93.

     Feudtner C. Taking care of hope. Am J Bioeth. 2010 May;10(5):26-7. No abstract available.



    Chris Feudtner, Maria J. Silveira, Dimitri A. Christakis.  “Where Do Children with Complex Chronic Conditions Die? Patterns in Washington State, 1980-1998.” Pediatrics 109 (April 2002): 656-660.

    Cornelius W. Van Niel, Chris Feudtner, Michelle M. Garrison, Dimitri A. Christakis. “Lactobacillus Therapy for Infectious Diarrhea in Children: A Meta-Analysis.” Pediatrics 109 (April 2002): 678-684.


    Weiss PF, Klink AJ, Hexem K, Burnham JM, Leonard MB, Keren R, Localio R, Feudtner C. Variation in inpatient therapy and diagnostic evaluation of children with Henoch Schönlein purpura. J Pediatr. 2009 Dec;155(6):812-818.e1. Epub 2009 Jul 29. Read abstract.




    Weiss PF, Arabshahi B, Johnson A, Bilaniuk LT, Zarnow D, Cahill AM, Feudtner C, Cron RQ. High prevalence of temporomandibular joint arthritis at disease onset in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, as detected by magnetic resonance imaging but not by ultrasound. Arthritis Rheum. 2008 Apr;58(4):1189-96. Read abstract.

    Posters and Presentations

    Lectures by invitation
    1995 - Therapeutic resolution: individual diabetic patient care and the shifting roles of experimentation in 20th century American medical practice. Regulating Human Experimentation in the United States: The Lessons of History conference, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.

    1999 - Lives of managed hope and sorrow:  untold tales of juvenile diabetes before insulin. Department of Social Medicine, Harvard University.

    2000 - Table talk:  diabetes, managerial medicine, and the ambit of ‘ambiguous ambivalence. The Cowie Symposium on the History of Pediatrics, University of Michigan.


  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Editorial Board:
    Exceptional Parent magazine

    Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
    Journal of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association
    Journal of the American Medical Association
    Journal of General Internal Medicine
    Bulletin of the History of Medicine
    Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry