Sabrina Fraser Derrington

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Research Interests

I was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in the Bay Area. I obtained my bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Hillsdale College in Michigan, and my medical degree from the UC Davis School of Medicine. I completed my pediatrics residency and critical care fellowship at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. I practiced full time palliative care there for two years before moving to Chicago and joining the faculty at Feinberg, and now practice critical care and palliative care at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital.

I enjoy teaching medical students, residents, and fellows, in particular helping learners to apply different bioethics principles and frameworks to challenging clinical situations and developing clinicians with the skills to navigate difficult discussions around end-of-life decision-making and to assess patient and family goals of care. My research interests center on promoting health equity and addressing disparities in children's health. Other work I've done relates to medical decision-making in pediatrics, including the process of prognostication, the ethics of decisions about life-sustaining treatment, patient and family needs in the PICU and in palliative care, and decisions about participation in genomic research.

I attend in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, and on the palliative care consult service. I also chair the Lurie Children's Ethics Advisory Board and perform clinical ethics consultation. I'm passionate about providing excellent care to critically ill and injured children as well as those with life-limiting illnesses. As part of this work I'm also very involved in providing care to medically complex and technology-dependent children and their families.

Certifications and Licenses

Pediatric Critical Care

Training Experience

2006Internship, Children's Hospital, Los Angeles
2008Residency, Children's Hospital, Los Angeles
2011Fellowship, Children's Hospital, Los Angeles

Education/Academic qualification

MA, Loyola University Chicago

… → 2017

MD, University of California, Davis

… → 2005

Research interests

  • Bioethics
  • Critical Care
  • Medical Decision Making
  • Narrative Medicine
  • Palliative Care and Hospice
  • Pediatrics
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quality of Life

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Research Output

“Take out this thing”: A teen’s decision about removal of a gastrostomy tube

Gutiérrez, H. M., Nakashima, Y., Derrington, S. & Lantos, J. D., Mar 1 2020, In : Pediatrics. 145, 3, e20191621.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Biobanking in the Pediatric Critical Care Setting: Adolescent/Young Adult Perspectives

    Paquette, E. D-T., Derrington, S. F., Shukla, A., Sinha, N., Oswald, S., Sorce, L. & Michelson, K. N., Oct 1 2018, In : Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. 13, 4, p. 391-401 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Contextualizing Pediatric Decision Making Within an Ethics of Families

    Derrington, S. F. & Paquette, E. D., Mar 4 2018, In : American Journal of Bioethics. 18, 3, p. 26-28 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    1 Scopus citations

    Cross-cultural interactions and shared decision-making

    Derrington, S. F., Paquette, E. D-T. & Johnson, K. A., Nov 1 2018, In : Pediatrics. 142, p. S187-S192

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Scopus citations

    Deconstructing Trust and Recognizing Vulnerability in Research With Diverse Populations

    Paquette, E. T. & Derrington, S., Apr 3 2018, In : American Journal of Bioethics. 18, 4, p. 37-39 3 p.

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