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Patricia Jean O'Malley, M.D. is an attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine. She is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
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Dr. Patricia O'Malley, formerly an attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine and now Medical Director of Pediatric Palliative Care at MGHfC, received her M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at MGH. Dr. O'Malley has done several fellowships: in anesthesia and intensive care at Children's Hospital Medical Center; in clinical pastoral education at MGH; and in palliative care at MGH. Dr. O'Malley is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.Dr. O'Malley has consulted to the federal program on Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC), and the Massachusetts state Office of EMS, promoting many educational and policy goals for the emergency care of children As chair of the MA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) subcommittee on pediatric emergency medicine, Dr. O'Malley developed a manual on office based emergencies for primary care providers, used by the 2002 national AAP annual conference in a workshop on office readiness. She is lead author on the Pediatrics policy statement and technical report regarding Death of a Child in the Emergency Department.Dr. O'Malley serves as national faculty for the Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care (IPPC) and was invited by the MA Department of Public Health to provide training to staff for new MA state program in pediatric palliative care. She is the pediatric representative to the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) initiative to integrate palliative care principles into emergency care. (IPAL-EM) and is faculty in the pediatric track of Palliative Care Education and Practice of the Harvard Center for Palliative Care.
Dr. O'Malley has worked on numerous research projects involving pediatric emergency care, violence and trauma, and pediatric palliative care.
At 5 weeks old, Natalia Boidi was rushed to the emergency room where doctors diagnosed her with SMA, a rare genetic disorder in which the nerves in the spinal cord slowly die off. After months in the PICU and a novel treatment called Spinraza, Natalia can breathe on her own and is learning to stand - things that were once almost impossible with her disease.
Jeanne MacDonald, MD, cares for MGHfC's most fragile babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, some of whom receive palliative care for serious, chronic and sometimes life-threatening illnesses. This year will mark her third consecutive Boston Marathon running for Pediatric Palliative Care.
Story in Wicked Local about Dr. Pat O'Malley's work in pediatric palliative care.
After 31 years, Patricia J. O'Malley, MD, retired as MGHfC's longest-serving attending physician in Pediatric Emergency Medicine to dedicate her time to the Pediatric Palliative Care Service.
For pediatric nephrologist and marathon runner, Avi Traum, MD, running for the Pediatric Palliative Care marathon team means being able to give patients with cancer, like Zoe Meinen, a better quality of life.
At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, interns and second-year residents have an opportunity to practice the art and science of good communication in the longitudinal curriculum’s Communications Workshop.
A MassGeneral Hospital for Children training program joins families and caregivers of various specialties and levels of experience to explore the importance of communication.
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