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PANDA Palliative Care

The PANDA Palliative Care Team at Children’s National Health System is a team of medical professionals who work with primary healthcare team members to provide extra supports for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with serious illnesses and their families. We work to prevent, reduce, and soothe suffering, and to help patients with their families cope with the stress of dealing with complicated medical problems.

The Palliative Care Team

Palliative care services are available to children prenatally to young adult with any life threatening condition and their families. Families may request assistance from the PANDA Palliative Care Team at any time during their child’s illness, even if they are not currently receiving inpatient services at the hospital.

The palliative care team includes professionals from many disciplines:

  • Physicians
  • Advance Practice Nurses and Registered Nurses
  • Nurse Case Managers
  • Social Workers
  • Chaplains
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Volunteers
  • Expressive Therapists
  • Integrative Medicine Providers
  • Psychologists
  • Ethics Committee Members
  • Parent Advocates
  • Anesthesia Pain Team
  • Pharmacists

Palliative Care Services for Patients and Families

The goal of the PANDA Palliative Care Team is to partner with patients, families and the primary medical team to develop a collaborative plan of care that will meet the needs and goals of the child and family. The team focuses on comfort and quality of life for patients and works alongside the primary medical team while they focus on the treatment of the underlying illnesses. We support you and your family by:

  • Achieving optimal quality of life for patients
  • Supporting effective communication between the patient, family, and members of the primary health care team
  • Helping families understand a child’s prognosis and treatment side effects
  • Recognizing and treating symptoms early
  • Relieving pain and suffering
  • Determining discharge options and planning for care at home
  • Coordinating integrative and alternative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, and aromatherapy to improve pain and manage symptoms
  • Assisting with spiritual and ethical concerns
  • Supporting siblings and extended family members

Contacting the PANDA Palliative Care Team

If you would like to speak with a member of the PANDA Palliative Care Team please call 202-476-4256 and someone will return your call or you can email us at

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PANDA Program

Read our brochure to learn more about the PANDA Care Team at Children's National.

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