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Dr. Joanne Wolfe begins the interview describing some transformative experiences as a trainee in her pediatric oncology fellowship that demonstrated a deficiency in the care provided for children and families managing chronic and complex illnesses. Dr. Wolfe recalls several fortunate encounters of meeting like-minded people after enduring instances of resistance from colleagues and other providers for her early research work in end of life care for pediatric oncology. These serendipitous encounters led to many pivotal moments in her life, including publishing her fellowship research in New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of the American Medical Association, and eventually leading into a career of pediatric palliative care research and practice. Dr. Wolfe describes many instances of growing and learning from mistakes in her research, and she reflects on the many fruitful partnerships that she has benefitted from in her career. In the future, Dr. Wolfe would like to see streamlined relationships within interdisciplinary teams to provide the best inpatient, outpatient, and home health care possible.


Pediatric Palliative Care Oral History Project


Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University in St. Louis