Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf
Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf, MD, FAAP, is the medical director of the Department of Pain Medicine, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine at Children’s Minnesota – one of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the USA. He is president-elect of the Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
The interdisciplinary pain program is devoted to preventing and treating acute, procedural, neuropathic, psycho-social-spiritual, visceral, and chronic persistent pain for pediatric patients in close collaboration with all subspecialties at Children’s. The palliative care team provides holistic care for pediatric patients with life-limiting diseases and adds an extra layer of support to the care of children with serious illness and their families. Integrative Medicine provides and teaches safe evidence-based integrative therapies (such as massage, acupuncture/acupressure, biofeedback, aromatherapy, self-hypnosis) to provide care that promotes optimal health and supports the highest level of functioning in all individual child's activities.
Dr. Friedrichsdorf sees patients in the hospital, in the interdisciplinary pain clinic or palliative care clinic, or in the community. He is the sponsor of the system-wide lean value stream “The Comfort Promise: We do everything possible to prevent and treat pain” at Children’s Minnesota to minimize and prevent pain caused by needles for all in- and outpatients, reaching more than 300,000 children annually.
Dr. Friedrichsdorf has presented more than 700 lectures about pediatric pain medicine, palliative care and integrative medicine in 28 countries on all six continents and has a track record of research and publications in the field, including contributions to more than 20 books on the subject. He received the 2016 “Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievements in the Field of Pain” by the American Pain Society and directs the “Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care” EPEC – Pediatrics – the most comprehensive primary pediatric palliative care curriculum worldwide, as well as the annual Pediatric Pain Master Class, a unique week-long intensive course for interdisciplinary health professionals.