Dr. Katharine Brock, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, with her efforts primarily devoted to being a pediatric palliative oncologist. Dr. Brock earned her medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, followed by residency training in pediatrics at the University of Colorado, Pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at Stanford University and Pediatric Hospice & Palliative Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. While at Stanford, she completed a Masters in epidemiology and clinical research as well as a fellowship in medical education. She is the Director of the Supportive Care Clinic at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, where she provides outpatient consultation and follow-up visits two half-days per week for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and their families. Since its inception in 2017, Supportive Care has helped over 150 children with cancer and their families. Dr. Brock is also an attending physician on the inpatient Pediatric Palliative Care team (Pediatric Advanced Care Team, PACT, Interim Director: Khaliah Johnson, MD).
Dr. Brock is currently the Vice-Chair (incoming chair (2020-2021)) of the Palliative Care Special Interest Group for the American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, the Co-Chair of the Palliative Care Working Group for the Georgia Cancer Control Consortium, and was a American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) planning committee member for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Supportive Care in Oncology meeting.
One of Dr. Brock’s primary loves is teaching and mentoring. She is currently the co-director of the Pediatric Communication Series where she and the other members of PACT train residents, ICU and oncology fellows in best-practice communication techniques using simulation. Along with Meghan Tracewski, CPNP, they have developed over 40 simulation-based communication scenarios for fellows. For this work, she has received teaching awards and distinction from the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and the Emory University School of Medicine. She continues to actively mentor multiple medical students and residents, multiple of whom are/will be Chief Residents, and three of whom recently matched to palliative care and pediatric oncology! Rising stars in their own right.