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Stefan Friedrichsdorf, MD

Title(s)Professor, Pediatrics
SchoolSchool of Medicine
AddressSan Francisco CA 94158
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    University of Sydney, Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, Australia01/2005Pediatric Pain Medicine and Palliative Care
    University of Witten/Herdecke, Vest Children's Hospital, Datteln, Germany06/2003Pediatrics
    University of Lübeck Medical School, Lübeck, GermanyM.D. 04/1998Medicine
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    VitalSmarts2018Albert Bandura Influencer Award
    Minnesota Hospital Association2017Winner of the 2017 Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Award (Large Hospital Category)
    American Pain Society20162016 Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievements in the Field of Pain
    Minnesota Business Magazine2015Leaders in Health Care Awards: Interior Design/Architecture Project
    Hastings Center 2011Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award
    Minnesota/Dakotas American Immigration Lawyers Association Chapter 2011Immigrant of Distinction Award

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    Stefan Friedrichsdorf is the medical director of the Center of Pain Medicine, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in Oakland and San Francisco – one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in the country.

    The interdisciplinary pain program is devoted to prevent and treat acute, procedural, neuropathic, total, visceral, and chronic pain for pediatric patients in close collaboration with all clinicians and subspecialties at the Benioff Children’s Hospitals. The palliative care team provides holistic care for pediatric patients with life-limiting diseases and adds an extra layer of support to the care of children with serious illness and their families. Integrative Medicine provides and teaches safe evidence-based integrative therapies (such as massage, acupuncture/acupressure, biofeedback, aromatherapy, self-hypnosis) to provide care that promotes optimal health and supports the highest level of functioning in all individual child's activities. In 2020 the Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco received the prestigious ChildKind International pain relief certification and the Joint Commission Palliative Care Certification.

    Dr. Friedrichsdorf received the 2016 “Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievements in the Field of Pain” by the American Pain Society and the 2011 “Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award”. He was the medical director of the department of pain medicine, palliative care & integrative medicine at Children’s Minnesota from 2005-2020 and under his leadership the department grew into one of the largest and most comprehensive in the country. It received the “Circle of Life Award” by the American Hospital Association in 2008 and was the 2013 recipient of the “Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management Award” by the American Pain Society. and in 2018 the Albert Bandura Influencer Award from VitalSmarts.

    He was the associate editor of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management until 2020, the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Cancer Institute (NCI) multisite study on the creation, implementation and evaluation of the Pediatric Palliative Care Curriculum “Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EPEC)-Pediatrics”, which so far trained >1,100 clinicians from 86 countries. In 2008 he founded and since then directs the annual Pediatric Pain Master Class, a unique week-long intensive course for interdisciplinary health professionals, which trained more than 600 clinicians from 40 countries.

    Dr. Friedrichsdorf has presented more than 750 lectures about pediatric pain medicine, palliative care and integrative medicine in 30 countries on all six continents and has a track record of research and publications in the field, including more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and contributions to more than 25 books on the subject. He is president-elect of the Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

    Dr. Friedrichsdorf received his MD degree from the Medical University of Lübeck, Germany, completed his pediatric residency at the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany (Children’s Hospital Datteln), and undertook his fellowship in Pediatric Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at the University of Sydney, Australia (Children's Hospital at Westmead). He is double boarded in Pediatrics in Germany and the United States, a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, and trained in pediatric clinical hypnosis.

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    1. Post-Cardiotomy Parasternal Nerve Block with Bupivacaine may be Associated with Reduced Post-Operative Opioid Use in Children: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Children (Basel). 2020 Mar 11; 7(3). Moga FX, Lo Galbo MD, Overman DM, Friedrichsdorf SJ. PMID: 32168944.
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    2. A descriptive analysis of pediatric post-tonsillectomy pain and recovery outcomes over a 10-day recovery period from 2 randomized, controlled trials. Pain Rep. 2020 Mar-Apr; 5(2):e819. Postier AC, Chambers C, Watson D, Schulz C, Friedrichsdorf SJ. PMID: 32440612.
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    3. Pediatric pain treatment and prevention for hospitalized children. Pain Rep. 2020 Jan-Feb; 5(1):e804. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Goubert L. PMID: 32072099.
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    4. An audit of paediatric pain prevalence, intensity, and treatment at a South African tertiary hospital. Pain Rep. 2019 Nov-Dec; 4(6):e789. Velazquez Cardona C, Rajah C, Mzoneli YN, Friedrichsdorf SJ, Campbell F, Cairns C, Rodseth RN. PMID: 31984294.
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    5. Recent advances in pain treatment for children with serious illness. Pain Manag. 2019 Nov; 9(6):583-596. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Postier AC. PMID: 31735116.
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    6. Development of a Pediatric Palliative Care Curriculum and Dissemination Model: Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EPEC) Pediatrics. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 10; 58(4):707-720.e3. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Remke S, Hauser J, Foster L, Postier A, Kolste A, Wolfe J. PMID: 31220594.
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    7. From Tramadol to Methadone: Opioids in the Treatment of Pain and Dyspnea in Pediatric Palliative Care. Clin J Pain. 2019 06; 35(6):501-508. Friedrichsdorf SJ. PMID: 30985399.
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    8. A hospital-wide initiative to eliminate or reduce needle pain in children using lean methodology. Pain Rep. 2018 Sep; 3(Suppl 1):e671. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Eull D, Weidner C, Postier A. PMID: 30324169.
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    9. Delivering Pediatric Palliative Care: From Denial, Palliphobia, Pallilalia to Palliactive. Children (Basel). 2018 Aug 31; 5(9). Friedrichsdorf SJ, Bruera E. PMID: 30200370.
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    10. Pain Experience in a US Children's Hospital: A Point Prevalence Survey Undertaken After the Implementation of a System-Wide Protocol to Eliminate or Decrease Pain Caused by Needles. Hosp Pediatr. 2018 09; 8(9):515-523. Postier AC, Eull D, Schulz C, Fitzgerald M, Symalla B, Watson D, Goertzen L, Friedrichsdorf SJ. PMID: 30076160.
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    11. National Impact of the EPEC-Pediatrics Enhanced Train-the-Trainer Model for Delivering Education on Pediatric Palliative Care. J Palliat Med. 2018 09; 21(9):1249-1256. Widger K, Wolfe J, Friedrichsdorf S, Pole JD, Brennenstuhl S, Liben S, Greenberg M, Bouffet E, Siden H, Husain A, Whitlock JA, Leyden M, Rapoport A. PMID: 29782212.
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    12. Special considerations in conducting clinical trials of chronic pain management interventions in children and adolescents and their families. Pain Rep. 2019 May-Jun; 4(3):e649. Palermo TM, Kashikar-Zuck S, Friedrichsdorf SJ, Powers SW. PMID: 31583334.
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    13. Investigation of the Practices, Legislation, Supply Chain, and Regulation of Opioids for Clinical Pain Management in Southern Africa: A Multi-sectoral, Cross-National, Mixed Methods Study. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 03; 55(3):851-863. Namisango E, Allsop MJ, Powell RA, Friedrichsdorf SJ, Luyirika EBK, Kiyange F, Mukooza E, Ntege C, Garanganga E, Ginindza-Mdluli MN, Mwangi-Powell F, Mondlane LJ, Harding R. PMID: 29155288.
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    14. Pain reporting and analgesia management in 270 children with a progressive neurologic, metabolic or chromosomally based condition with impairment of the central nervous system: cross-sectional, baseline results from an observational, longitudinal study. J Pain Res. 2017; 10:1841-1852. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Postier AC, Andrews GS, Hamre KE, Steele R, Siden H. PMID: 28831272.
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    15. Integration of hypnosis into pediatric palliative care. Ann Palliat Med. 2018 Jan; 7(1):136-150. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Kohen DP. PMID: 28866891.
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    16. Nitrous gas analgesia and sedation for lumbar punctures in children: Has the time for practice change come? Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017 11; 64(11). Friedrichsdorf SJ. PMID: 28585713.
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    17. Multimodal pediatric pain management (part 2). Pain Manag. 2017 May; 7(3):161-166. Friedrichsdorf SJ. PMID: 28103764.
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    18. Contemporary Pediatric Palliative Care: Myths and Barriers to Integration into Clinical Care. Curr Pediatr Rev. 2017; 13(1):8-12. Friedrichsdorf SJ. PMID: 27848889.
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    19. Pain prevalence in hospitalized children: a prospective cross-sectional survey in four Danish university hospitals. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 2017 Mar; 61(3):328-337. Walther-Larsen S, Pedersen MT, Friis SM, Aagaard GB, Rømsing J, Jeppesen EM, Friedrichsdorf SJ. PMID: 28032329.
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    20. Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents: Diagnosis and Treatment of Primary Pain Disorders in Head, Abdomen, Muscles and Joints. Children (Basel). 2016 Dec 10; 3(4). Friedrichsdorf SJ, Giordano J, Desai Dakoji K, Warmuth A, Daughtry C, Schulz CA. PMID: 27973405.
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    21. Four steps to eliminate or reduce pain in children caused by needles (part 1). Pain Manag. 2017 Mar; 7(2):89-94. Friedrichsdorf SJ. PMID: 27901408.
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    22. A Comparison of Circumstances at the End of Life in a Hospital Setting for Children With Palliative Care Involvement Versus Those Without. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 11; 52(5):673-680. Osenga K, Postier A, Dreyfus J, Foster L, Teeple W, Friedrichsdorf SJ. PMID: 27693899.
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    23. Methadone conversion in infants and children: Retrospective cohort study of 199 pediatric inpatients. J Opioid Manag. 2016 May-Jun; 12(2):123-30. Fife A, Postier A, Flood A, Friedrichsdorf SJ. PMID: 27194197.
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    24. Prevention and Treatment of Pain in Children: Toward a Paradigm Shift. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 05; 154(5):804-5. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Sidman J, Krane EJ. PMID: 27130944.
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    25. Protocol: Evaluating the impact of a nation-wide train-the-trainer educational initiative to enhance the quality of palliative care for children with cancer. BMC Palliat Care. 2016 Jan 27; 15:12. Widger K, Friedrichsdorf S, Wolfe J, Liben S, Pole JD, Bouffet E, Greenberg M, Husain A, Siden H, Whitlock JA, Rapoport A. PMID: 26818836.
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    26. Efficacy and Safety of Postoperative Dexmedetomidine Administration in Infants and Children Undergoing Cardiac Surgery: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Pediatr Intensive Care. 2015 Sep; 4(3):138-145. Horvath R, Halbrooks EF, Overman DM, Friedrichsdorf SJ. PMID: 31110863.
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    27. Tramadol versus codeine/acetaminophen after pediatric tonsillectomy: A prospective, double-blinded, randomized controlled trial. J Opioid Manag. 2015 Jul-Aug; 11(4):283-94. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Postier AC, Foster LP, Lander TA, Tibesar RJ, Lu Y, Sidman JD. PMID: 26312955.
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    28. Pain Outcomes in a US Children's Hospital: A Prospective Cross-Sectional Survey. Hosp Pediatr. 2015 Jan; 5(1):18-26. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Postier A, Eull D, Weidner C, Foster L, Gilbert M, Campbell F. PMID: 25554755.
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    29. Pediatric pain management in palliative care. Pain Manag. 2015; 5(1):23-35. Downing J, Jassal SS, Mathews L, Brits H, Friedrichsdorf SJ. PMID: 25537696.
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    30. Improved quality of life at end of life related to home-based palliative care in children with cancer. J Palliat Med. 2015 Feb; 18(2):143-50. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Postier A, Dreyfus J, Osenga K, Sencer S, Wolfe J. PMID: 25401507.
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    31. Management of breakthrough pain in children with cancer. J Pain Res. 2014; 7:117-23. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Postier A. PMID: 24639603.
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    32. Exposure to home-based pediatric palliative and hospice care and its impact on hospital and emergency care charges at a single institution. J Palliat Med. 2014 Feb; 17(2):183-8. Postier A, Chrastek J, Nugent S, Osenga K, Friedrichsdorf SJ. PMID: 24380448.
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    33. Management of neuropathic pain in children with cancer. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2013 Jun; 7(2):131-8. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Nugent AP. PMID: 23635878.
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    34. Codeine-associated pediatric deaths despite using recommended dosing guidelines: three case reports. J Opioid Manag. 2013 Mar-Apr; 9(2):151-5. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Nugent AP, Strobl AQ. PMID: 23709324.
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    35. Pediatric palliative care patients: a prospective multicenter cohort study. Pediatrics. 2011 Jun; 127(6):1094-101. Feudtner C, Kang TI, Hexem KR, Friedrichsdorf SJ, Osenga K, Siden H, Friebert SE, Hays RM, Dussel V, Wolfe J. PMID: 21555495.
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    36. Pain management in children with advanced cancer and during end-of-life care. Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2010 May; 27(4):257-61. Friedrichsdorf SJ. PMID: 20426516.
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    37. Parents' perspective on symptoms, quality of life, characteristics of death and end-of-life decisions for children dying from cancer. Klin Padiatr. 2008 May-Jun; 220(3):166-74. Hechler T, Blankenburg M, Friedrichsdorf SJ, Garske D, Hübner B, Menke A, Wamsler C, Wolfe J, Zernikow B. PMID: 18478489.
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    38. Developing a pain and palliative care programme at a US children's hospital. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2007 Nov; 13(11):534-42. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Remke S, Symalla B, Gibbon C, Chrastek J. PMID: 18073700.
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    39. The management of pain in children with life-limiting illnesses. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2007 Oct; 54(5):645-72, x. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Kang TI. PMID: 17933616.
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    40. Breakthrough pain in children with cancer. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2007 Aug; 34(2):209-16. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Finney D, Bergin M, Stevens M, Collins JJ. PMID: 17553659.
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    41. Status quo of palliative care in pediatric oncology-a nationwide survey in Germany. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2005 Feb; 29(2):156-64. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Menke A, Brun S, Wamsler C, Zernikow B. PMID: 15733807.
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    42. [Green urine. A case report and review of the literature]. Urologe A. 2003 Jan; 42(1):80-1. Friedrichsdorf S, Prosnitz EH. PMID: 14655641.
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