David Steinhorn, M.D., FAAP, a nationally known leader in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Pediatric Critical Care, has joined Capital Caring in the newly created position of Medical Director for Hospice and Palliative Care Services for children.
In his new role, Dr. Steinhorn will provide expert consultation for pediatric patients including those with complex medical cases, collaborating with their specialty pediatricians. He will also provide ongoing education and serve as a resource to Capital Caring’s medical staff and other members of the interdisciplinary hospice and palliative care teams.
“We are very fortunate to have someone with Dr. Steinhorn’s nationally-recognized expertise join Capital Caring as we expand to meet the needs of our youngest patients,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, interim President and CEO. “As one of the country’s oldest and largest pediatric hospice programs – also offering palliative care – we know that infants, children and teenagers facing chronic, life-limiting medical conditions require a specially tailored, holistic approach with compassionate, nurturing support.”
Dr. Steinhorn previously served in a consulting capacity with Capital Caring through a partnership with Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) – one of the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals. In addition to his new role with Capital Caring, he will continue to serve as the medical director of the PANDA Pediatric Palliative Care Program at CNMC in Washington, D.C.
“Pediatric hospice and pediatric palliative care are both highly specialized and must meet the medical, emotional and spiritual needs of children and families at difficult time in their lives,” said Dr. Steinhorn. “I’m excited to join an organization that has demonstrated commitment to caring for children – of all ages – since 1977.”
Honored with the American Academy of Pediatrics Service Award in 2011 and 2018, awarded the Pioneer in Integrative Medicine in 2019 by the Academy of Pediatrics, and named a Top Doctor in Northern Virginia Magazine in 2017 and 2019, Dr. Steinhorn is also widely published in peer-reviewed journals, a frequent lecturer nationally and internationally, and holds several patents.
With a medical degree from the University of Minnesota, fellowships in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and Pediatric Critical Care at the University of Minnesota Hospital, Dr. Steinhorn also completed postdoctoral training in Clinical Palliative Care at the Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Western New York. He is currently a professor of Clinical Pediatrics at George Washington University.
About Capital Caring
Capital Caring’s mission is to provide the highest quality advanced illness care with dignity, respect and compassion. Since our founding in 1977, we have grown into one of the largest and most experienced nonprofit providers of hospice care, palliative care and bereavement counseling services in the nation. In 2017 alone, we served nearly 7,000 hospice patients and provided more than $3 million in charity care to those who had nowhere else to turn.
Capital Caring serves families and patients throughout Northern Virginia, as far south as Fredericksburg and Richmond, as well as Prince George’s County, Maryland, and DC.