Jennifer S Needle, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Division of Critical Care
Department of Pediatrics
University of Minnesota
East Building, MB 532
2450 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454, USA

Biography

EDUCATION

• (1995-2000): Doctor of Medicine, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC
• (1998-1999): Master in Public Health in Epidemiology, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, Georgia
• (1991-1994): Bachelor of Arts, Biology and Political Science, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

POST GRADUATE TRAINING

Fellowship in Biomedical Ethics 2009-2011

• Center for Ethics in Health Care, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon

Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care 2004-2007

• Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital
• Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 2000-2004

• University Hospitals of Cleveland/ Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital
• Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT

• Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, 2013
• Assistant Professor of Bioethics, University of Minnesota, 2013
• Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Oregon Health & Science University, 2007-2013

STAFF APPOINTMENTS

University of Minnesota: (2013-present)

• Pediatric Intensivist
• University of Minnesota Childrens Hospital
• Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Oregon Health & Science University: (2007-2013)

• Pediatric Intensivist and Transport Physician
• Doernbecher Childrens Hospital
• Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Telemedicine Consultant: (2007-2013)

• Adventist Medical Center (Portland, OR)
• Bay Area Hospital (Coos Bay, OR)
• Columbia Memorial Medical Center (Astoria, OR)
• Mid-Columbia Medical Center (The Dalles, OR)
• Rogue Valley Medical Center (Medford, OR)
• Sacred Heart Medical Center (Eugene, OR)
• Mercy Medical Center (Roseburg, OR)
• Willamette Valley Medical Center (McMinnville, OR)
• Salem Hospital (Salem, OR)

Research Interest

Her research interests include: Factors influencing physician practices in end-of-life care in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Specific areas of interest include the role of uncertainty in physician decision-making at the end-of-life, factors influencing palliative care consultation in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and moral distress among care providers in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Scientific Activities

Professional Societies

• Society of Critical Care Medicine 2007-present
• American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2014

Awards

• Society of Critical Care Medicine Ethics Specialty Award 2012

Committee Membership

• Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank Advisory Board, 2010-2011
• Donation and Transplantation Action Committee, 2009-present
• OHSU Organ Donation Committee, Pediatric Faculty Representative, 2007-present
• OHSU Infection Control Committee, 2007-present
• Rainbow Babies and Children’s Family Centered Care Task Force, 2006

Publications

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

1. Needle JS. Ethical considerations in Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant. J Pediatric Intensive Care. 2014.
2. Needle JS, Mularski RA, Nguyen T, Fromme EK. Influence of personal preferences for life-sustaining treatment on medical decision making among pediatric intensivists. Crit Care Med. 2012; 40(8): 2464-2469. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e318255d85b
3. Needle JS. Home extubation by a pediatric critical care team: Providing a compassionate death outside the pediatric intensive care unit. PedCrit Care Med. 2010; 11(3): 401-403. doi: 10.1097/PCC.0b013e3181c0143f
4. Needle JS, O Riordan MA, Smith P. Parental Understanding of Childrens Life-Threatening Illness in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. PedCrit Care Med. 2009; 10(6): 668-674.
5. Needle JS, Anderson M. Medical Emergency Teams: Are improved outcomes really like day and night? Crit Care Med. 2006; 34(6): 1840-1841. doi: 10.1097/01.CCM.0000219369.59563.9A