Kimberly Bower, MD, who specializes in hospice and palliative care with Scripps Health and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, has earned fellow designation from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She received the honor on March 12 at the academy’s annual meeting in Chicago.
Advancement to fellowship status within the academy recognizes dedication and scholarship in the field of hospice and palliative medicine. The distinction represents a minimum of five years of academy membership and participation in its activities, letters of recommendation and board certification in hospice and palliative medicine.
Dr. Bower serves as medical director of the pediatric hospice care program operated jointly by Scripps Health and Rady Children’s. Through the collaborative program, a specialized team of clinicians from Scripps and Rady Children’s work together as part of a fully integrated approach to provide pediatric hospice care services tailored to what’s best for each patient. Dr. Bower also serves as chief of palliative medicine at Rady Children’s.
After earning her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Bower completed her family medicine residency training at Brown University’s Family Medicine Program at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. She is board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.
Advancing the field
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine includes more than 4,900 members, comprising physicians and other health care professionals committed to improving the care of patients with serious or life-threatening conditions. Since 1988, the academy has supported hospice and palliative medicine through the advancement of clinical practice standards, fostering research, providing education and through public policy advocacy.
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