Patient Care

Korones Receives National Honor for Pediatric Palliative Care Work

Mar. 24, 2015
David Korones, MD
David Korones, M.D., pediatric oncologist and palliative care physician at UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital, has been awarded the 2015 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Senior Physician Award, a national award for physicians who care for people at the end of life. Korones specializes in treating children with brain tumors and is the founding director of Golisano Children’s Hospital’s pediatric palliative care program.
“David is a physician who embraces many disparate, challenging worlds, and he does so with the utmost knowledge, skill and compassion,” said Timothy E. Quill, M.D., Georgia and Thomas Gosnell Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care, in his nomination of Korones. “He does not shy away from difficult problems that his patients present, nor does he limit himself to well-defined, more predictable realms of medicine. David is drawn to domains in medicine where there is great need, which others tend to steer away from.”
Korones is one of five physicians to win the award this year. The awards, announced today, were made in three categories: a senior award and a mid-career award of $25,000 each and three early-career awards of $15,000 each. The Cunniff-Dixon Foundation, whose mission is to enrich the doctor-patient relationship near the end of life, funds the awards. The Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute that has done groundbreaking work on end-of-life decision-making, cosponsors the awards. Duke University Divinity School’s Program in Medicine, Theology, and Culture oversees the selection process.
The selection committee cited the success of Korones in advancing palliative care for children with brain tumors, as well as his work to care for children with cancer in Russia and Ethiopia. In addition to directing the pediatric palliative care program, which serves about 200 children a year, Korones also directs the pediatric brain tumor program and is an attending physician on the adult palliative care service. He is also the lead physician consultant at CompassionNet, a community-based pediatric palliative care program. “David provides the highest level of biological, psychological, social, and spiritual care available,” wrote the selection committee.
The other 2015 recipients are Bruce E. Condit, M.D., medical director of palliative care and an attending physician at the Central Maine Medical Center and medical director of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice; Shaida Talebreza Brandon, M.D., a geriatrician and palliative care specialist at the George E. Wahlen Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center and medical director of Inspiration Hospice in Utah; Mary K. Buss, M.D., M.P.H., a medical oncologist and palliative medicine specialist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston; and Laura Iglesias-Lino, M.D., medical director for geriatrics and palliative care at Brightwood Health Center and associate medical director for hospice at Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts.
The prize recipients were selected by a committee convened by The Hastings Center. In addition to Dr. Payne, the committee consisted of Thomas P. Duffy, M.D., of Yale University; Kathleen M. Foley, M.D., of Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; and Diane E. Meier, M.D., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.