Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship

Program Information

The ACGME accredited Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is a one-year program with a 12-block rotation academic calendar. Our interdisciplinary palliative care team averages approximately 300 patient consults per year.

Fellows will train in all inpatient units across Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Units include NICUPICU, CVICU medical/surgical units, and cancer institute. During these rotations, fellows work as members of the interdisciplinary consultation teams, receiving clinical training in the full range of palliative care assessment, multidimensional care planning including appropriate acute and non-acute symptom management, counseling patients and families, supporting ethical health care decision-making, and working with referring physicians and teams to implement palliative care recommendations in the inpatient setting. This experience will provide fellows with skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively with interdisciplinary team members, other physicians including surgeons, intensivists, hospitalists and other medical subspecialists, as well as patients and their families to prevent and relieve suffering. Fellows care for patients from a diverse range of multicultural and socioeconomic populations with a broad spectrum of diagnostic and palliative care needs, including cancer and non-cancer conditions, cognitive impairment, ventilator dependence, g-tube dependence, cystic fibrosis and epilepsy among other conditions with mixed payer resources. The hospital has diagnostic laboratory, imaging services, and a range of consulting physicians.

Program Mission Statement

The Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Fellowship mission is to train fellows to provide high-quality, compassionate, and expert care to patients with life-limiting or life-threatening illness(es) and to their families, utilizing an interdisciplinary and family-centered approach to enhance quality of life and delivery of care in an empathetic, culturally sensitive manner with competency standards aligned with the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Program Aims

To achieve the mission of the institution and training program the fellow will work closely with teaching faculty and the interdisciplinary team members, undergo a rigorous hospice and palliative medicine curriculum, participate in teaching residents, have graduated responsibility and autonomy, and undergo continual performance evaluation over the course of training. In addition to the goals of the hospice and palliative medicine fellowship program of improving quality of life for both the child and the family, the program also seeks to become a leader of excellence for pediatric palliative medicine through ongoing quality and safety improvements, research, instilling leadership, promoting the highest ethical practices and patient centered care. The fellow’s training will also include quality improvement and safety participation, research, mentorship, and communication/interpersonal training skills.

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Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowships

Program Highlights

  • Length: 1 year
  • Stipend: Training stipend and benefits provided.
  • Requirements: Candidates must have completed an ACGME-accredited pediatric residency program and be eligible for a State of Florida Medical Training License.
  • Application: Complete an ERAS application. This position is filled through the National Resident Matching Program.

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Program Leadership

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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Laura Drach, D.O.

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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Jacinda Hays, D.O.


Matthew Hamilton, M.D.

Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow

Dr. Matthew Hamilton is a pediatric hospice and palliative medicine fellow. He is a graduate of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency training at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

Home Town: Sellersville, Pennsylvania

Clinical Interests: Pediatric Palliative Care; Improving communication in the hospital through family care conferences; Complex care

Personal Interests: Basketball, reading, running, hiking, and nature

Matthew J. Hamilton MD

At a Glance


Hospice and Palliative Medicine cares for patients with life-threatening and terminal illness resulting from all diagnoses. Palliative Care focuses efforts on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness and improves quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Palliative Care Team

The Palliative Care team consist of a variety of specialists, including:

Research and Education

The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in research, quality improvement and education through scholarly activity. Didactic lectures will occur on a weekly basis during training. Training will include home visits at Empath Health, a local hospice provider, as well as a rotation with an inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Program.

Sample Block Schedule

Block 1 2 3 4 5 6
Rotation Inpatient Inpatient Pain Elective Hospice Inpatient
Block 7 8 9 10 11 12
Rotation Long-term
Clinic Hospice Hospice Inpatient Inpatient