The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.


Jennifer K. Walter MD, PhD

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Jennifer K. Walter, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and an attending physician in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Palliative Care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She is also the Director of Education in the Department of Medical Ethics at CHOP and a faculty member in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine.  Dr. Walter attended the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she earned her MD and PhD in Philosophy with a concentration in Ethics in 2007. She also was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and has a Masters in Health and Health Care Research. Since her training in both medicine and philosophy, Dr. Walter has worked at the intersection of clinical practice and bioethics with an emphasis on the physician-patient relationship and family-centered care. Her current research focuses on facilitating and improving communication between the health care team and families of children with serious illness.  She is developing interventions to better train interprofessional teams in collaboration and communication to improve outcomes for patients and families.