BRYAN A. SISK, MD is a clinical fellow in pediatric hematology and oncology at Washington University School of Medicine. Sisk completed his MD at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. His research explores the core functions of communication in pediatric oncology. He has been published in JAMA, JAMA Pediatrics, Pediatrics, IRB: Ethics and Human Research, and many other clinical journals on topics of communication, prognostic disclosure, information needs, and decisional discord.

Dr. Sisk is a current scholar in the Mentored Training Program in Clinical Investigation (MTPCI) at Washington University and he is pursuing his Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI).

Professional Service Highlights

Dr. Sisk has served in several editorial roles for major academic journals. He served as deputy editor for The Living Hand section of Journal of General Internal Medicine – Web Edition, as well as assistant editor for Academic Pediatrics’ “In the Moment” column. Additionally, he served as section editor for the Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) Monthly Feature in Pediatrics. He also was selected as the first editorial fellow for Pediatrics in 2016.

Dr. Sisk also serves on the ethics committee at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Research Fellowship (2010)
  • Joseph F. Silber Fellowship – American Cancer Society (2009)

Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles

Sisk, B.A. and Baker, J.N. Microethics of Communication. JAMA Pediatrics (Accepted – In Press)

Sisk, B.A. and Mack, J.W. How Should We Enhance the Process and Purpose of Prognostic Communication in Oncology? AMA Journal of Ethics. (Accepted – In Press)

Sisk, B.A. and Kodish, E. Therapeutic Misperceptions in Early-Phase Cancer Trials: From Categorical to Continuous. (Accepted – In Press)

Sisk, B.A., Kang, T., and Mack, J. “Sources of Parental Hope in Pediatric Oncology.” Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 2018, Epub ahead of print, PMID: 29369485

Sisk, B.A. and Malone, J. “Hope, Optimism, and Compassionate Communication.” JAMA Pediatrics, 2018, Epub ahead of print. PMID: 29404571

Sisk, B.A., Kang, T., and Mack, J. “How Parents of Children with Cancer Learn about Their Child’s Cancer.” Pediatrics, 2018, 141(1). pii: e20172241. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-2241. PMID: 29208726

Sisk, B.A. “Devastation and Hope – Stories of Fertility in Oncology.” Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, 2017 2017, 7(2):141-145. PMID: 29056644

Sisk, B.A., Greenzang, K., Kang, T., and Mack, J. Longitudinal Parental Preferences for Late Effects Communication during Cancer Treatment. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 2018, 65(1). PMID: 28792684

Sisk, B.A., Ashworth, R., Mack, J., and DuBois, J. “Communication in Pediatric Oncology: State of the Field and Research Agenda.” Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 2017, Epub ahead of print, PMID: 28748597

Sisk, B.A., Kang, T., and Mack, J. “Prognostic Disclosures over Time: Parental Preferences and Physician Practices.” Cancer, 2017, Epub ahead of print, PMID: 28369836

Sisk, B.A., DuBois, J., Kodish, E., Wolfe, J., and Feudtner, C. “Decisional Discord: The Role of the Pediatrician when an Adolescent Child and Parents Disagree about Treatment Decisions.” Pediatrics, 2017, 139(6), e20170234. PMID: 28562285

Sisk, B.A., Bluebond-Langner, M., Wiener, L., Mack, J., and Wolfe, J. “Prognostic Disclosures to Children: A Historical Perspective.” Pediatrics, 2016; 138(3), e20161278. PMID: 27561728

Sisk, B., Frankel, R., Kodish, E., and Isaacson, J.H. “The Truth About Truth-telling: A Brief History of Non-disclosure in American Medicine”. Permanente Journal, 2016; 20(3), 15-19. PMID: 27352417

Book Chapters

  • Sisk, B. and Kodish, E. “When the Goal is Not Cure: Ethical Issues Surrounding Early Phase Research,” in Ethical Issues in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology edited by Stacey Berg, 2018 (Accepted – In Press)
  • Sisk, B.A. and Mack, J. “Communication,” in Oxford Texbook of Palliative Care for Children, 2018 (Accepted – In Press)
Bryan Sisk, MD

Bryan Sisk, MD
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