Scott H. Maurer, M.D.

  • Chief, Division of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Scott Maurer, MD is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine within the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and is the chief of the Division of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Maurer provides palliative care consultative services to patients on all services in the hospital.  He focuses on advanced care planning, decision making support, pain and symptom management, care coordination, end-of-life, and bereavement care for pediatric patients with life-limiting illness.  Together with colleagues from the supportive care team, obstetrics, genetics, and neonatology, Dr. Maurer co-founded a perinatal palliative care program at the University of Pittsburgh.  He also serves as the pediatric palliative care course director for the University of Pittsburgh palliative care fellowship program and provides teaching to pediatric residents and medical students.  Dr. Maurer has mentored numerous medical students, residents, and fellows in clinical and research palliative care projects.  He is active in both institutional and cooperative research projects in pediatric palliative medicine and has spoken at national and international conferences about how to better care for children requiring palliative medicine services.

Dr. Maurer received his medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University in 2004, completed a pediatric residency at the University of Washington, and a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology with palliative care training at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric hematology/oncology, and hospice and palliative medicine.  

Education & Training

  • Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship-St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
  • Pediatric Residency-University of Washington/ Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA
  • MD-Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, Portland, OR
  • BA-Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH

Representative Publications

Research Interests

  • Improving quality of end-of-life care in children dying from malignancy
  • Development of a pediatric resident palliative care curriculum
  • Feasibility and effectiveness of a comprehensive bereavement program for families whose children have died from cancer
  • PedPRO-CTCAE: Patient-related Outcomes in Children Undergoing Chemotherapy for Malignant Disease, investigator in multisite study, local PI, 2015 to the present
  • A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Effects of Vaccinations with HLA-A2-restricted Glioma Antigen Peptides in Combination with Poly-ICLC for Children with Newly Diagnosed Malignant or Intrinsic BSG or Non-Brainstem HGG or Recurrent Unresectable LGG or Recurrent HGG, PI, 2014 to 2015, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Principal investigator, 2016 to the present
  • A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Effects of Vaccinations with HLA-A2-restricted Tumor Antigen Peptides in Combination with Imiquimod for Children with Recurrent Ependymoma, PI, 2014 to 2015, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, principal investigator, 2016 to the present
  • Investigating Spiritual Interventions in Children Referred to the Supportive Care Program: A Quality-improvement Project, PI, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2013 to the present (now in second phase of this study)
  • Creating, Implementing, and Testing Standards for Bereavement Care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, PI, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2011 to the present
  • Quality improvement process for death notification to resident physicians.  Mentoring PI for a pediatric resident 2016-present

Research Grants

Title: Pediatric PRO-CTCAE: a self-reporting system of adverse events for children with cancer

Jonathan M. Huoy Research Grant

Percent effort of time: 5% Role in Project: Co-Investigator

2015-2016 

Total Funding: $30,000

Title: a pilot study investigating feasibility and utility of telemedine for children enrolled in home hospice

AJ & Sigismunda Palumbo Trust

Percent effort of time: 5% Role in Project: Principal Investigator

2015-2016

Total Funding: $50,000

Programmatic Funding for the Supportive Care Program:

Source     Cumulative    Amount     Year

Anonymous Donor $100,000 2013 & 2015

Anonymous Donor $5,000 2014

Maggie’s Miracles $10,000 2014

Matt’s Hugs $40,000 2013 & 2014

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