Christy Torkildson has been focused on perinatal and pediatric palliative and end-of-life care since 1999. She was the founding program director for George Mark Children’s House, the first pediatric end-of-life, respite and transition care facility in the country. Dr. Torkildson has developed and implemented pediatric programs and pediatric palliative care programs within two different children’s hospitals. She was an original advisor for the ELNEC-PPC curriculum and has served as Chair and Co-Editor of the ChiPPS e-Journal since 2006, the longest running publication focused on pediatric palliative and end-of-life issues in the U.S. Her PhD was dual focused on Family Nursing and Health Policy with a minor in Education from UCSF, and she has a post grad certificate in Healthcare Ethics from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio Texas. Dr. Torkildson has served in ethics and IRB committees at the university level and currently sit on the Ethics Committee at BCHO.