Dr. Robert Macauley appointed Cambia Health Foundation Endowed Chair in Pediatric Palliative Care

Jan. 30, 2018

Leaders gather at the Cambia Health Foundation investiture for Dr. Robert Macauley

Robert Macauley, M.D. F.A.A.P., F.A.A.H.P.M., was appointed Jan. 16 as the inaugural holder of the Cambia Health Foundation Endowed Chair in Pediatric Palliative Care. School of Medicine Dean Sharon Anderson, M.D., and OHSU Provost Elena Andresen, Ph.D., presided over an investiture attended by Dr. Macauley, members of the Cambia Health Foundation, Department of Pediatrics colleagues and leaders from the OHSU and Doernbecher Foundations.

Dr. Robert Orr speaks during the Cambia Health Foundation investiture for Dr. Robert Macauley After completing medical school at Yale, Dr. Macauley did his pediatric residency training at Johns Hopkins. Following four years as a pediatric hospitalist in Connecticut and Uganda, he spent 15 years at the University of Vermont, where he directed both the Department of Clinical Ethics and the Pediatric Advanced Care Team, before coming to OHSU in 2017. Robert Orr, M.D., professor of family medicine (retired), University of Vermont College of Medicine, gave a tribute to Dr. Macauley during the investiture.

Dr. Macauley is also associate professor of pediatrics, OHSU School of Medicine, and medical director of the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Bridges Pediatric Palliative Care Program – the first such program in Oregon to incorporate multiple health care disciplines to care for children and their families before birth through young adulthood. "OHSU Doernbecher is an amazing place," Dr. Macauley said in a recent story about Bridges. "In many institutions, pediatric palliative care is an afterthought. However, the Bridges team has been providing outstanding care for many years, and now, through the remarkable generosity of the Cambia Foundation, we have the opportunity to build on those successes and expand our program throughout the children's hospital, Oregon, and the entire region."

Cambia Health Foundation investiture for Dr. Robert MacauleyIn addition to his OHSU roles, Dr. Macauley currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, is chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics, and is co-chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Hospice and Palliative Medicine Test Writing Committee. Also an Episcopal priest, Dr. Macauley holds master's degrees in theology from Oxford and Yale, and in fiction writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate foundation of Cambia Health Solutions, a total health solutions company dedicated to transforming the way people experience health care. Founded in 2007, the Foundation is committed to partnering with others to create a more person-focused and economically sustainable health care system, and to champion the innovators who demonstrate what a truly transformed system can be.


Pictured (top, left to right): Cambia Health Solutions President and CEO Mark Ganz, Cambia Health Foundation President and Board Chair Peggy Maguire, OHSU Provost Andresen, Dr. Macauley, School of Medicine Dean Anderson, OHSU President Joe Robertson and Dana Braner, M.D., F.A.C.P., Credit Unions for Kids Chair of Pediatrics, during the Jan. 16 investiture.

(above, middle): Dr. Robert Orr of University of Vermont gives a tribute to Dr. Macauley.

(above, bottom): Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation Executive Director Jim Ervin, Peggy Maguire, who is also senior vice president for corporate accountability and performance at Cambia, Dr. Macauley and Mark Ganz pause in front of the medallion recognizing the new endowed chair position.