5th Maruzza International Congress
5th Maruzza International Congress

Scientific Committee

Ann GoldmanHonorary President, Paediatrician, Editor Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children, (retired) Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Care, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, UK

Franca BeniniChair, Director of Paediatric Palliative Care – Pain Service Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, University of Padua, Italy

Stefan Friedrichsdorf – Co-chair, Medical Director, Center of Pediatric Pain Medicine, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine. Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in Oakland and San Francisco, USA.


Justin N. Baker – Chief, Division of Quality of Life and Palliative Care, Attending Physician, Quality of Life Service Director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program Associate Member, Department of Oncology St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, USA

Mercedes Bernadá – Paediatrician; Medical director- Pereira Rossell Hospital Center- Pediatric Palliative Care Unit; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine – Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay

Karyn Bycroft – Nurse Practitioner, Paediatric Palliative Care Service, Starship Child Health, Auckland, New Zealand; National Clinic Lead Paediatric Palliative Care Clinical Network

Brian S. Carter – Medical Director, Sirridge Professor of Medical Humanities & Bioethics, University of Missouri, Kansas City; Neonatologist and Bioethicist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Poh Heng Chong – Medical Director, Star PALS at HCA Hospice Care, Singapore; Chairperson, CPC SIG, Asia Pacific Hospice and Palliative Care Network

Anna Garchakova – Director and founder of the non-profit organization “Belarusian Children’s Hospice”, course leader Palliative Medicine BelMAPO, Minsk, the Republic of Belarus

Daniel Garros – MD, University of Alberta, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics,  Stollery Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit staff; Data-base and Quality& Initiatives lead, Edmonton, AB Canada

Momcilo Jankovic – Attending Pediatrician, Director Psychosocial Area, University of Milano-Bicocca, Foundation MBBM, Monza, Italy

Barbara L. Jones – PhD, MSW, FNAP, Associate Dean for Health Affairs, Professor Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Chair Department of Health Social Work, Associate Director of Social Sciences and Community Based Research, LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes, Professor Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Marijke Kars – Assistant Professor Julius Centrum for Health Sciences and Primary Care, Expertise Center Palliative Care Utrecht, Netherlands

Ana Lacerda – Pediatric Oncologist, master in Palliative Care, Pediatric Palliative Care Program, Department of Child and Adolescent Oncology, Portuguese Institute of Oncology, Lisbon Centre, Portugal

Emmanuel Luyirika – Executive Director African Palliative Care Association, Kampala, Uganda

Danai Papadatou – Professor of Clinical Psychology, Nursing Dept, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, President of “Merimna”, Board of Directors, Association for the Care of Children and Families Facing Illness and Death, Greece

Joanne Wolfe – Division Chief, Pediatric Palliative Care, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Director of Palliative Care, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts, USA