The Section of Palliative Medicine within the Department of Pediatrics has been recently established in the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Palliative Care is comprehensive care for patients who have serious illness or require end-of-life care. The goal of the specialty is to relieve patient suffering, improve quality-of-life, facilitate informed decision-making, and assist in care coordination between clinicians and across sites of care and various disciplines.
Originally started as the Reach Team in 2016 by a small group of passionate providers dedicated to palliative care, the team has grown to include an assortment of both medical doctors and advanced practice providers, as well as the support of social workers, chaplains and other interdisciplinary teams. The creation of the Section of Palliative Medicine builds upon the foundation the Reach Team has established and communicates that both academic inquiry and education in palliative care should stand alongside this outstanding clinical care program. The section is already active in national presentations and peer-reviewed publications.
A search committee, chaired by David Brumbaugh, MD (Associate Professor, Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and Chief Medical Officer, Children's Hospital Colorado) has been launched to spearhead the national recruitment for the inaugural Head of the new Section