Delivering Difficult News

December 7, 2021


Justin Baker, MD
Chief, Division of Quality of Life and Palliative Care
St Jude Children's Research Hospital
Memphis, TN

As a pediatric oncologist, palliative care physician, vice-chair of the ethics committee and patient-reported outcomes, and Phase I and end-of-life care clinical investigator at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Dr. Baker is intimately aware of the distress experienced by children with advanced cancer and the ethical and end-of-life/bereavement issues surrounding their disease progression.

He currently serves as the Chief of the Division of Quality of Life and Palliative Care at St. Jude. Additionally, he founded and continues to support the St. Jude Bereaved Parent Steering Council and Bereaved Parent Mentoring Program. He has received significant extramural funding for his research and has participated in >50 studies related to pediatric palliative care. Dr. Baker has authored >200 academic works on palliative care subjects within the context of pediatric oncology and he is recognized as an international expert and leader in the field of Pediatric Palliative Oncology. 

Dr. Baker has been married to his college sweetheart (beautiful Monny from Monterrey, Mexico) for more than two decades and he and his wife are proud parents of four incredible children. An interesting fact about Dr Baker is that he likely has more stuffed koala bears than any other individual on the planet.