Dr. Sarah Friebert
Dr. Sarah Friebert, is founder and director of the Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center and the Expressive Therapy Center at Akron Children’s Hospital, which features an accredited palliative care fellowship program and Advanced Certification in Palliative Care from The Joint Commission. The team she leads offers physical, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual support as they serve children with serious conditions and their families; in addition to clinical care, the Center is active in educational, outreach, advocacy and research. She is also the Director of the newly-formed Office of Substance Use Disorders, which is tasked with addressing addiction across the Akron Children’s Hospital enterprise, in collaboration with the community. She is Professor of Pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), where she is a founding member of the Office of Palliative Care and active in medical student education. Dr. Friebert is past president of Akron Children’s Hospital’s medical staff and the inaugural chair holder of the Sarah Elizabeth Friebert Pediatric Palliative Care Endowed Chair. She is the author of multiple articles and chapters, an active research scientist, and currently Interim Director of the Center for Healthcare Service Delivery Research and Innovation. Outside of Akron Children’s Hospital, she is active in multiple local, regional, state and national addiction, educational, philanthropic and palliative care organizations.