The PLIDA Education and DEI committees are pleased to announce that a new webinar has been added to our Perinatal Bereavement Webinar Series: Connecting Through Distance and Diversity. Please join us February 17th for "Health Disparities in Pediatric Palliative Care" presented by Drs. Shih-Ning Liaw and Puja Umaretiya. These speakers are recognized leaders in their content areas, sharing their expertise regarding factors that contribute to health disparities among children with serious or life-limiting illnesses. Such issues may lead to similar barriers in perinatal palliative care. This webinar is presented at no cost to PLIDA members, but registration is required. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 17, 2022 @3PM CST

Health Disparities in Pediatric Palliative Care (Shih-Ning Liaw, MD and Puja Umaretiya, MD)

Non-PLIDA Member: $25 

This webinar will not be available as a recording.

This webinar was partially funded by:  



Emerging evidence demonstrates that social determinants of health significantly impact outcomes among children with serious illness. This webinar seeks to better understand the issues and dynamics underlying health disparities seen in pediatric palliative care. We will examine existing literature in children with serious illness, describe active research to address these issues, and consider the role of pediatric palliative care in enhancing equitable care. 

Doctor Shih-Ning “Suny” Liaw is a Senior Physician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Board-certified in General Pediatrics and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, his clinical expertise is in the care of children with medical complexity. He is the Program Director for the Harvard Interprofessional Pediatric Palliative Care Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the program has trained over 50 physicians, nurse practitioners, and social workers in the practice of subspecialty pediatric palliative care.



Doctor Puja Umaretiya is a 3rd year pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital. She completed subspecialty training in pediatric palliative care in the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship in 2019. Her research focuses on improving the care of structurally marginalized children with advanced cancer and their families by identifying and addressing social determinants of health.