Jennifer Walter, MD, PhD, MS

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Jennifer K. Walter, MD, PhD, MS, is an attending physician with the Justin Michael Ingerman Center for Palliative Care at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Research in Improving Communication between health care providers and families of children with chronic illnesses, Ethics research and consult service
Locations: Main Hospital
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Background

Jennifer K. Walter, MD, PhD, MS is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and an attending physician on the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT). She is also an ethics consultant in the Department of Medical Ethics at CHOP and a secondary faculty member in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Walter attended the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she earned her MD and PhD in Philosophy with a concentration in Ethics in 2007. She also was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and has a Masters in Health and Health Care Research. She completed her residency in General Pediatrics at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital and trained in palliative care since arriving at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Since her training in both medicine and philosophy, Dr. Walter has worked at the intersection of clinical practice and bioethics with an emphasis on the physician-patient relationship and family-centered care. Her current research focuses on facilitating and improving communication between the health care team and families of children with serious illness. She is developing interventions to better train interprofessional teams in collaboration and communication to improve outcomes for patients and families.  She has received grant funding from the National Palliative Care Research Center and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH and is a Cambia Foundation Sojourns’ Scholar.

“In working with an exceptional interprofessional team as part of PACT, I wanted to study how to best train interprofessional teams in communicating with families of seriously ill children. My clinical work sheds light on families’ challenges and drives my research to improve how we as pediatricians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, etc care for seriously ill children. I am honored to learn from families and team members every day and strive to support them in the difficult journeys that they are on.”

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC

Internship

Pediatrics - University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL

Residency

Pediatrics - University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL

Additional Training

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Board Certification

Pediatrics

Undergraduate Degree

MS in Health and Healthcare Research - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Graduate Degree

PhD in Philosophy - Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Departments and Services

Publications

Papers

2013

Walter JK, B Benneyworth, M Housey, MM Davis. 2013 “Factors Associated with High Quality Communication for Critically-Ill Children” Pediatrics 131 Suppl 1:S90-5. 2011

2011

Walter, JK and Goold, SD. 2011. "Case study. Conjectural Mixed Motives.” Hastings Center Report 41(1):12.

Walter, JK and Goold, SD. 2011. "Reason giving: when public leaders ignore evidence" American Journal of Bioethics 11:12-16.

Books

Walter, Jennifer K and Klein, Eran P. (Eds), 2003. Story of Bioethics: From Seminal Works to Contemporary Explorations. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. 248 pgs.

Posters and Presentations

2011

October, 2011 Conflicting Role Obligations when Soliciting Donations from Grateful Patients--American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities

April, 2011 Relational Autonomy, Motivational Interviewing and Feminist Bioethics--Kennedy Institute of Ethics Georgetown University, Washington, DC