Stefan Friedrichsdorf is medical director of the Department of Pain Medicine, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine at Minnesota Children’s, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and he is the sponsor of the Children’s Minnesota system wide lean value stream “The Comfort Promise: We do everything possible to prevent and treat pain”. Dr. Friedrichsdorf received the 2016 “Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievements in the Field of Pain” by the American Pain Society and the 2011 “Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award”. The department received the “Circle of Life Award” by the American Hospital Association in 2008, was selected as a Palliative Care Leadership Center for the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) 2008-2015, and the 2013 recipient of the “Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management Award” by the American Pain Society.
Dr. Friedrichsdorf received his MD degree from the Medical University of Lübeck, Germany, completed his pediatric residency at the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany (Children’s Hospital in Datteln), and undertook his fellowship in Pediatric Pain & Palliative Care at the University of Sydney, Australia (Children’s Hospital at Westmead). He is board certified in Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a diplomate of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and trained in hypnosis by the National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute. He is associate editor of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management,the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Cancer Institute (NCI) six-year multisite study on the creation, implementation and evaluation of a Pediatric Palliative Care Curriculum (EPEC-Pediatrics) and is course director of the annual week-long “Pediatric Pain Master Class”. Dr. Friedrichsdorf lectures extensively nationally and internationally about pediatric pain medicine & palliative care and has a track record of publications in the field, including contributions to more than 20 books on the subject.