Schwartz Rounds® at Kentucky Children's Hospital

Schwartz Rounds® at Kentucky Children's Hospital are presented six times a year by the UK Program for Bioethics in coordination with the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare. These rounds are facilitated by Christine Ross and championed by Elie Abu Jawdeh and Janell Hacker.

Schwartz Rounds are also offered at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital and UK Good Samaritan Hospital.

Mark your calendar for our Spring 2024 season!

February 2: "A Patient Retrospective:  Where are they now?" with panelists Dee Verdecchia, RN; Christie Young, RN; Sandy Roberts, NCT; Stacy Carter, RN

April 12: "I know I have a disease, but I'm fine" with panelists Ashwin Krishna, MD; Joanna Whitis, RN; Sherry Bayliff, MD; and Tanesha Johnson, PhD 

June 7:  "The Flip Side: when the outcome works out better than you could have imagined" with panelists Haley Masters, MD; Kashif Din, MD; Kendra Murray, RN and Nicki Lister, RN

Mark your calendar for our Fall 2024 season!

August 2: Topic TBD

October 11: Topic TBD

December 6: Topic TBD

Planning Committee

Planning Committee

If you have a case you would like to suggest for Schwartz Rounds® at Kentucky Children's Hospital, please feel free to speak with a member of the planning committee.

  • Elie Abu Jawdeh, MD
  • Kelly Barnett, MSN, RN
  • Nolan Buland
  • Anna Bullard, LCSW
  • Joey Burke, RN
  • Janell Hacker, RN
  • Sarah Hall, MD
  • Sarah Jennings, RN
  • Ashwin Krishna, MD
  • Taylor Kulik, MD
  • T.J. Lile, MD
  • Sarah McAlister, BS, CCLS
  • Leah Mountain, PT
  • Kaylen Nique, MA
  • Margaret Pisacano, BSN, JD
  • Saundra Roberts, NCT
  • Sarah Smith, MDiv
  • Stacie Trent, RN
  • Christie Young, RN



Fall 2023

August 4: "Breakfast Rounds: Because Interesting Things Happen on Night Shift" with panelists Candice Everidge, RN; Eric Rellinger, MD, Jayme Farris, MSW, CSW, Mary Wethington, DNP, RN and Wes Dingman, M.Div., BCC.  New Time for this event only 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

October 13: "Help: I Need Somebody" with panelists Ana Villalobos, MD; Garrett Payne, RN; Melissa Flinchum, RN; and Stacie Trent, RN.  

December 1:  "The Gift of KCH" with panelists Gloria Andrade, CMI; Henrietta Bada, MD; Jennifer Guilliams, CCLS; Lisa Wright, RT; and Sarah Hall, MD


Fall 2022

  • August 5: "The View from the Other Side of the Glass: Perspective from Provider to Parent" with panelists Julia B. Gibson, PharmD, BCPPS; Juan-Carlos Aycinena, MD; Andrea Doud, MD; Jennifer Malchaski, APRN; and Erin Short, PT, DPT
  • October 7: "Celebration of 10 Years of Schwartz Rounds Conversations: How I Got Here... and Why I Stay" with panelists John D'Orazio, MD; Richard Broaddus, RT; Nirmala Desai, MD; Douglas Cunningham, MD; Aftab Chishti, MD; Jennifer Grow, RN; and Kathy Bascom, RN
  • December 2: "Informed Consent in the Setting of Pediatric Uncertainty" with panelists Ricki Goldstein, MD; Megan Good, RN; Emily Padgett, RN; and Scott Studeny, MD

Spring 2023

  • February 3: "Communication:  The Heart of the Matter" with panelists Jack Wallen, MD; Joanna Whitis, RN; Katie Adams, CSW; and Paige Jenkins, APP
  • April 7: "What We Can't Change, We Manage" with panelists Kaylee Ernest, RN; Taylor Chadwell, MD, Mark Wurth, MD; and Greta Rankin, RN
  • June 2: "Familiar & New: When Family History Influences Our Care" with panelists Anna Bullard, LCSW; Ashlee Olson, CCLS, CIMI; Hubbard Ballard, MD; Kaylee Gouge, MD; and Megan Good, RN


Fall 2021

  • August 16: "Compassionate Care Crosses Multiple Disciplines" (This is a combined KCH-GSH Schwartz Rounds) with panelists Caleigh Osborne, CCLS; Taylor Slone, CTRS; Brian Taylor, BSN, RN; and Spencer Black, MD
  • October 1: "COVID: Expect the Unexpected" with panelists: Janell Hacker, APRN; Lizbeth Whipple, RN, BSN; Jason Bowman, MD; Rupin Sharma, MD; and Lindsey Hastings, MD
  • December 3: "Family Ties: Genetic Connections and Chosen Family" with panelists Natalie Halstead, RN; Jacob Meece, MD; Rebecca Hayden, MOT, OTR/L; and Terra Lucas, MS, LGC

Spring 2022

  • February 4: "Tale of Two Christmases: A year in the life of a NICU Graduate" with panelists Kimberly S. Brinker, RN; Lauren Jackson-Belcher, PA; John McDowell, RRT; Eryn Presler-Arnold, OT; and Tiffany Roland, PT
  • April 1: "Finding the Child Inside a Complex Medical and Social Situation" with panelists Melissa Boggio, APP; Adrienne Johnston, APP; and Amelia Ehmling, MM, MT-BC
  • June 3: "Am I Practicing Outside my Comfort Zone or Outside my Scope?" with panelists Rachel Beech, APP; Paula Holbrook, JD, RN; Conor J. Malloy, MD; and Isabelle Milburn, RN


Fall 2020

  • August 7: "When the Going Gets Tough, We Keep Going!" with panelists Anna Bullard, LCSW; Amy Gadd, BSN, RN; Sarah McAlister, BS, CCLS; and Brittany Parrish, BSN, RN
  • October 2: "Where Are the Answers in Suffering?" with panelists Alyssa Waltz, BSN, RN; Lindsay Ragsdale, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM; Rachel O'Farrell, LCSW, MPH, CCLS; and Joey Burke, MSN, MFA, RN
  • December 4: "From Grimaces to Smiles - Overcoming Obstacles to Recovery" with panelists Rebecca Dowling, BSN, RN; Mary Ellen Lilly, CCLS; Caryn Sorge, MD; and Emily McKinney, BSN, RN, CPN, CPHON

Spring 2021

  • February 5: "Caring for Young Adults in the Children's Hospital" with panelists Erin McAnallen, Child Life Expressive Arts; Jordan Heflin, BSN, RN; and David Nelson, MD, PhD
  • April 2: "There's Something Wrong Here: Unraveling a Medical Ruse" with panelists Rebecca Whisenant, NCT; Melissa Jo Wilson, MSW, CSW; Alexis Little, BSN, RN; and Katherine Wimberly, MD


Fall 2019

  • August 7: "You Still Have to Go on with your Day" with panelists Carol Wright, RN, BSN, CNML; Ana Ruzic Do, MD; Hinali Patel, RN, BSN; and Abby Bailey, PharmD
  • October 4: "The Cost of Playing by the Rules" with panelists Sarah Jennings, RN, BSN; Johanne Dillon, MD; Pam Ryan, RN, BSN; and Noah King, MD
  • December 6: "She Changed the Way I Thought" with panelists Karen Playforth, MD; Kendra Murray, RN, BSN; Louis Bezold, MD; and Vicki Stringfellow, MSN, APRN

Spring 2020

  • February 7: "When There's Another Doctor in the Room" with panelists Priya Srivastava, MD; Tracy Meiers, MS, OTR/L; and Matthew Bacon, MD
  • April and June events in Spring 2020 were cancelled due to COVID-19.


Fall 2018

  • August 3: "E Pluribus Unum: Diverse Voices in Healthcare" with panelists Alan Ruiz, RN, BSN; Isra Froukh; Sylvia Ofei, MD, MPH; Nancy Hernandez; and Mark Dunn, M.Div.
  • October 5: "New Space - Old Challenges" with panelists Alice Carpenter, RN, BSN; Ashlee Olson, CCLS; Kathryn Perry, M.Div.; Tim Roark, MHA, RRT-NPS; and Rucha Shukla, MD
  • December 7: "Medicine and the Answer to a Family's Prayers" with panelists Karen Harris, RN; Jan Coyle, RN; and Krishna Pancham, MD

Spring 2019

  • February 1: "Coming Home" with panelists Caryn Sorge, MD; Dianna Holtzhauer, RN; Wayne Robicheau and Tucker; and Kristina Richetts, CCLS
  • April 5: "The Onus Is on Stopping the Myoclonus: Neurology Perspectives on a Complex Patient" with panelists Allison Buskey, RN; Jennifer Mashni; Sharoon Qaiser, MD; and Amanda Moore, RN
  • June 7: "Between a Rock and a New Place: Home Is Where the Vent Is" with panelists Jennifer Grow, RN; Ashlee Olson, CCLS; Anna Bynum, RN; and Ricki Goldstein, MD


Fall 2017

  • August 4: "It's Always Darkest before It Goes Pitch Black" with panelists Kaylon Walton, RN; Gretchen McDowell, RRT; Christy Mingey, RN; and Lindsay Ragsdale, MD
  • October 6: "Turning Heartbreak into Hope: The Reality of Organ Donation" with panelists Carrie Ayers, RN; Samantha Cappetto, MD; Zaki Hassan, MD; and David Dyer, RN
  • December 1: "Hanging on Together: New Twists in Orthopedics" with panelists Ryan Muchow, MD; Sarah McAlister, CCLS; Sandy Roberts, NCT; and Anna Gayle Parke, DNP, RN

Spring 2018

  • February 2: "Growing Up ICU" with panelists Jennifer Donselman, RN: Katherine Neal, RN; Trudi Tolle, RN; and Alison Slone, MD
  • April 6: "They Grow Up so Fast: Transitions to Adult Care" with panelists Kayla Boggs, PT; Sammie Cappetto, MD; and Krishna Pancham, MD
  • June 1: "A Whole New World: How Do We Protect from Something We Don't Know?" with panelists Michael Wittkamp, MD; Anna Bullard, MSW, CSW; Bailee Oliver, RN, BSN; and Shawn Sorrell, MD


Fall 2016

  • August 5: "The Story of Art in Unexpected Loss" with panelists Megan Thompson, DO; Courtney Emery, M.Ed.; Tom Badgett, MD, PhD; and Cambo the Clown
  • October 7: "When Treating Feels more like Parenting: The Consequences of Non-compliance" with panelists Bailee Oliver, RN; Ashley Rapske, CCLS; Jamshed Kanga, MD; and Richard Broaddus, RRT
  • December 2: "Leap of Faith off the ECMO Bridge to Nowhere" with panelists Jessy Rushing, MM, MT-BC; Asha Shenoi, MD; Tiffany Roland, PT, DPT; and Katie Dornbusch, RN, BSN

Spring 2017

  • February 3: "This Is Not Why I Went into Medicine: A Case of Compassion Fatigue" with panelists Carol Castle, RN, BSN; Vlad Radulescu, MD; and Kara Gore, LCSW
  • April 7: "What If...? x 5" with panelists Sarah Moore, RD, LD; Kelsey Montgomery, DO, MHA; Sharon Wilham, RN, BSN; Brendan Richardson, PA-C; and Augustine Chapin, RN, BSN
  • June 2: "Meeting Kids Where They Are" with panelists Erich Maul, DO, MPH; Brad Gee; Bridgett Hagan, RD, LD; and Terrance Langford


Fall 2015

  • August 7: "If I Knew Then, What I Know Now..." with panelists Alice Carpenter, RN; T.J. Lile, MD; Dianna Holtzhauer, RN; and Ana Ruzic, MD
  • October 2: "Persistent Hope Translates in Every Culture" with panelists Alex Huffman, RN; Alba Morales, MD; and Aftab Chishti, MD
  • December 4: "Is This New to You?: Transgender Identity and Drug Use in Adolescence" with panelists Jessy Rushing, MM, MT-BC; Alan Hall, MD; Jordyn Griffin, MD; and Cori Morgan, RN

Spring 2016

  • February 5: "When Is Enough, Enough?" with panelists Matt Bacon, MD; Dianna Holtzhauer, RN; and Emily McKinney, RN
  • April 1: "When We Can't Give Meaning to Loss" with panelists Enrique Gomez Pomar, MD; Annamaria Gregory, PA-C; Carli Holtzhauer; and David Dyer, RN
  • June 3: "When Indulgence Becomes Neglect" with panelists Leslie Aslam, MD; Meg Halstead, MS, CCLS; Nicki Mundell, RN, BSN; and Michael Wittkamp, MD


Fall 2014 

  • August 1: "When It's Not Just Work" with panelists Tom Young, MD; Nina Farhoudi, PharmD; Kevin Pinto, RN; Barbara Waldmann-Ward, RN; and Melissa Horn, RN
  • October 3: "At the Crossroads of Faith and Medicine" with panelists Akshay Sharma, MBBS; Dianna Holtzhauer, RN; and M. Sara Rosenthal, PhD
  • December 5: "Behind the Scenes Connections: Valuable Contributions" with panelists Rose Moreland, CPC; Angel Tur, CMI; Melissa Kesler, MD; Barbara Thies, Ed Richer, MD; and Latoya Hill

Spring 2015

  • February 6: "Breathing in the Fresh Air: Expanding your Comfort Zone" with panelists Angie Henning, PT; Michael Wittkamp, MD; and Kathleen Yoder, RN
  • April 3: "A Sore Subject: Complexity, Intensity and the Emotional Toll on the Provider" with panelists Joelle Paulozzi, DO; Kevin Pinto, RN; Lauren Vincent, RN; and Julie Elder, RN
  • June 5: "Fighting Despite Adversity: A Brief Life that Made a Deep Impression" with panelists Nima Desai, MD; Katie Adams, MSW; Anna Bullard, MSW; Whitney Hammond, PA-C; and Audrey Karbon, RN


Fall 2013 

  • August 2: “Raising a Patient: Caring for Extended-Stay Babies” with panelists Mary Smith, Sean Skinner and Tria Kinnard
  • October 4: “Live, Love, Laugh and Carry On” with panelists Jamshed Kanga, MD; Lisa Butcher, RN, BSN; and Karen Howard, RN
  • December 6: “An Adult Dying in a Children’s Hospital” with panelists Andrea Nichols, RN; Lars Wagner, MD; Rachel O’Farrell, LCSW; and Renee Rainey, RN

Spring 2014 

  • February 7: "How Did You Get Here and Why Do You Stay?" with panelists Sean McTigue, MD; Trinaye Pierson, RN; Meg Halstead, CCLS; Anil George, MD; and Gloria Samaan, NCT
  • April 4: "When Kidneys + Care ≠ Hope" with panelists Aftab Chishti, MD; Jane Anne Smith, APRN; and Leighnia Nance, RN
  • June 6: "Food Fight: When It Feels Like There Is No Way to Win" with panelists Lindsay Ragsdale, MD; Megan White, MD; and Amy Parrish, RD


Fall 2012 

  • September 12: “One in a Million (White Cells): A Medically and Socially Challenging Patient” with panelists Amy Brin, Holly Chitwood and Sherry Bayliff
  • December 7: “Mirror, Mirror: Intravenous Drug Use in Adolescents” with panelists Goutham Hebbalmath, Jason Joy, Karen Lommel and Madeline Ray

Spring 2013 

  • February 1: “A Patient's Anger, A Family's Struggle: Diving Accident Leads to Disability” with panelists Jordan Heflin, Kristin Dawson and Tiffany Roland
  • April 10: “Caring in the Setting of Tragedy” with panelists Jay Fulton, Jessica Lawrence and Joe Locono, MD
  • June 7: “How Could They Do That? Responding to a Case of Severe Neglect “with panelists Jaime Pittenger, Meg Gampher, and Stephanie Durbin