Dr. Donna Mendez is a board certified Pediatrician and Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician. She completed her pediatric residency at University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) in San Antonio, and a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. She is currently an attending at McGovern Medical School in Houston. She is the director of the pediatric emergency fellowship established in 2014. She has received her Doctorate in Professional Leadership with an Emphasis in Health Science Education from The University of Houston in 2016. She has published more than 20 papers in journals and online resources.
Karen Kavanaugh is currently the Senior Nurse Scientist at ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Hospital of Wisconsin and Professor Emerita at University of Illinois at Chicago. She has more than 30 years of research experience with parents facing serious conditions with their newborn. Her contributions to improving perinatal palliative and end-of-life care have had a broad impact nationally through her scholarship, leadership in national and regional initiatives and mentoring of clinicians and researchers. She has conducted nine NIH funded studies, authored more than 85 publications, and served as Guest Editor for several journal issues dedicated to perinatal palliative and end-of-life care.