The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.


Kelly Michelson MD, MPH

Northwestern University

Kelly Michelson, MD, MPH is Professor of Pediatrics, Julia and David Uihlein Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is an attending physician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in the division of pediatric critical care medicine. Dr. Michelson’s research interests include communication, decision making, palliative care, and ethics. Currently, her research focuses on communication and decision making among patients, family caregivers, and professional caregivers in the pediatric intensive care unit. She also studies disparities in access to bereavement support for people after the death of a child. Her work uses qualitative and quantitative methods as well as patient/stakeholder engagement and community based participatory research methods.