Katie Neuendorf, M.D., Assistance Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Associate Fellowship Director and Associate Staff, Section of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Oncology, Director of Resident Communication Education, Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
Dr. Neuendorf earned her medical degree from The Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, OH and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, OH. She then pursued Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship training at the Medical College of Wisconsin to learn from one of the oldest palliative medicine programs in the country. She joined the Cleveland Clinic’s Palliative Medicine and Supportive Oncology Section directly out of fellowship and is appointed as Assistant Professor of Medicine through the Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, she is the Associate Director for the Palliative Medicine Fellowship and the Director for Resident Communication Education through the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Neuendorf’s interest in teaching palliative care to clinicians began early in her career, as evidenced by the palliative care curriculum she developed for her residency program. Since that time, she has given numerous presentations to a variety of audiences on many topics related to palliative care. The area of communication has been her main interest and the subject she enjoys teaching the most. Through the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication, she is teaching foundational communication skills as well as advanced skills such as breaking bad news, running a family meeting and code status discussions. She was appointed director of resident communication education to bring this teaching to residents and fellows in addition to staff physicians.
Christine Traul, M.D., FAAP, Director, Pediatric Palliative Care, Pediatric Hospitalist, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
Dr. Traul is a graduate of Ohio University, Athens, Ohio (1993-1997) and received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. She graduated from the Medical College of Ohio in 2003 (now University of Toledo College of Medicine) with a degree in Doctor of Medicine. She completed her pediatrics residency in 2006 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Currently, she is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Traul began her pediatric hospitalist career in Virginia in 2007, and continued at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital in 2010. She was named Director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Program in January 2011. Under her leadership, the program has seen a huge rise in inpatient, prenatal, and outpatient consults. In addition to her responsibilities on the pediatric palliative care inpatient consult service, Dr. Traul also cares for children with medical complexity and inpatient rehabilitation needs and the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation. Dr. Traul enjoys teaching second year medical students during their communications course. She also teaches pediatric palliative care to the pediatric residents, pediatric hematology-oncology fellows, and adult palliative medicine fellows throughout the year.