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Robert Macauley, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.A.H.P.M.

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  • Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine


  • Pediatrics

Special focus

  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine

About me

As the director of the OHSU Doernbecher Bridges program, Dr. Macauley specializes in palliative care, which focuses on improving quality of life for kids facing life-limiting illness. He is one of only three hundred pediatricians in the United States board certified in palliative medicine. He values the chance to help children and their families work through some of the most difficult situations anyone can ever face. When life ends far too soon, there are a lot of tears, hand-holding, and silence. And when a child makes it through, there are tears of a different kind. The sweetest words he can ever hear from a family are “We don’t need you anymore.”

In his spare time, Dr. Macauley enjoys writing stories with his eldest daughter, doing aikido with his son, cooking with his center (never “middle”) daughter, and reading with his youngest. Throw in music lessons, concerts, plays, a couple of dogs, and a love of travel, and he and his wife got more than they bargained for (except when it comes to sleep).

Education and training

    • M.D., 1995, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Residency

    • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1998
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Pediatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2008

Memberships and associations:

  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
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