We enhance the quality of life and reduce pain and suffering for infants, children and adolescents who have a serious or complicated condition.
Laura Drach, D.O. Pediatric Medicine
Dr. Drach specializes in hospice and palliative care medicine at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She was one of the founding members of and serves as the division chief for the pediatric palliative care program at the hospital. She joined the hospital staff as a bedside nurse in 1994. Dr. Drach won the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital clinical collaboration and teamwork award in the 2016 Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Excellence Awards.
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Jacinda Hays, D.O. Palliative Care Medicine
Dr. Hays specializes in palliative care at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She joined the hospital staff in 2020. Before joining Johns Hopkins All Children’s, Dr. Hays was the adult and pediatric inpatient palliative care physician at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia, and the neonatal abstinence syndrome program director at Carilion Women’s. She was also the medical director of newborn nursery at Mednax Health Solution Partners at Carilion Children’s.
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Stacie Stapleton, M.D. Hematology / Oncology
Dr. Stapleton is the director of pediatric neuro-oncology at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Dr. Stapleton joined the hospital in 2007 and is double-board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in general pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology. She has formal training in pediatric neuro-oncology. Dr. Stapleton is on the Pediatric Palliative Care Team at Johns Hopkins All Children’s and she specializes in symptom control and end of life care. She has been awarded numerous grants for phase I studies for patients with brain and spinal cord tumors as well as clinical research in pediatric palliative care. Dr. Stapleton’s research experience includes investigator-initiated and multi-center research projects.
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Paola Dees, M.D. Hospitalist
Dr. Dees joined the All Children’s Hospitalist service in 2011. She is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and All Children's Hospital. Dr. Dees is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical and Gold Humanism Honor Societies. She has a strong interest in medical education and has published several articles on medical student education online with the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Dees is board certified in pediatrics and is fluent in Spanish.
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Shaila Siraj, M.D. Hospitalist
Dr. Siraj is a pediatric hospitalist at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She joined the hospital staff in 2014. Dr. Siraj earned her medical degree from Florida State University College of Medicine. She completed her intern year at University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital and completed her pediatric residency at the University of South Florida.
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Rev. Terry Owens Chaplain
Karen Hansen, B.S., CCLS, GC-C Child Life Specialist and Grief Counselor
Fawn Nieuwenhoff, APRN, MSN, PNP