Sarah Elizabeth Friebert, MD

Sarah Elizabeth Friebert, MD

Director, Pediatric Palliative Care


Palliative Care


Palliative Care - Akron

Medical School

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH


Pediatrics: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA


Pediatric Hematology/Oncology: Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH

Board Certifications

Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, American Board of Pediatrics;
Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Academic Appointments

Professor of Pediatrics, Northeast Ohio Medical University


American Academy of Pediatrics
American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
American Society of Hematology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Medical Association
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Research Interests

Palliative care and late effects of cancer treatment


Feudtner C, Kang TI, Hexem K, Friedrichsdorf SJ, Osenga K, Siden H, Friebert S, Hays RM, Dussel VD, Wolfe J. Patients receiving pediatric palliative care consultations: a prospective multicenter cohort study. Pediatrics 2011;127(6):1094-101. Epub 2011 May 9.

Radwany S, Stovsky EJ, Frate DM, Dieter K, Friebert S, Palmisano B, Sanders M. A 4-year integrated curriculum in palliative care for medical undergraduates. Am J Hospice & Pall Med 2011;28(8):528-35. Epub 2011 April 25.

Friebert S. Pain management for children with cancer at the end of life: beginning steps toward a standard of care. Pediatr Blood & Cancer 2009 Jul; 52(7):749-50.

Johnston DL, Nagel K, Friedman DL, Meza JL, Hurwitz CA, Friebert S. Availability and use of palliative care and end-of-life services for pediatric oncology patients. J Clin Oncol 2008; 26(28): 4646-50.

Brown RT, Wiener L, Kupst MJ, Brennan T, Behrman R, Compas BE, Elkin TD, Fairclough DL, Friebert S, et al. Single parents of children with chronic illness: an understudied phenomenon. J Peds Psych 2008; 33(4):408-421.

Friebert S., Hilden J. Palliative Care for Children with Cancer. In: Altman A (ed.), Supportive Care of Children with Cancer, 3rd Edition. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.

Wolfe J., Friebert S., Hilden J. Caring for children with advanced cancer: Integrating palliative care. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 49; 1043-1062, 2002.

Friebert S.E., Kodish E.D. The Right to Decide. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 20(19); 4115-4118, 2002.

Friebert S.E., Kodish E.D. Kids and cancer: Ethical issues in treating the pediatric oncology patient. Cancer Treatment Research, 102:99-135, 2000.

Meade K, Friebert S. (2012) Informed decision making and the adolescent patient. In Corr CA, Doka KJ, Jennings B, Tucci AS, eds. Ethics at the End of Life: A Case Study Approach. Hospice Foundation of America; 231-41.

Carter BS, Levetown M, Friebert SE, eds. (2011) Palliative Care for Infants, Children, and Adolescents: A Practical Handbook, 2nd ed. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Friebert S, Greffe B, Wheeler J. (2011) Integrating palliative care into pediatric hematology/oncology. In Carter B, Levetown M, Friebert S, eds. Palliative Care for Infants, Children and Adolescents: A Practical Handbook, 2nd ed. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press; 488-520.

Friebert S, Chrastek J, Brown M. (2011) Team relationships. In Hinds P, Sourkes B, Wolfe J, eds. Textbook of Interdisciplinary Pediatric Palliative Care, 1st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 148-58.

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