Kathleen M. McKillip, MD
Kathleen M. McKillip, MD

Kathleen M. McKillip, MD

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine, Omaha Campus

Expertise/Specializations

  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Internal Medicine

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Medicine

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Pediatrics

Teaching Activity

  • Course Director, MED429: Ignatian Spirituality in Palliative Medicine (monthly, 2019-2020
  • Course Director, MED430: Hospice and Palliative Care (monthly, October 2019 - present
  • Faculty, IPE515: Interprofessional Palliative Care
  • Faculty, SIS508: Narratives of Neurodiversity: Appreciating Variations in Cognitive Ability to Enhance Communication and Understanding (Fall 2019, Fall 2020)
  • Site Director, DCM301: Dimensions in Clinical Medicine (2019 - present)

Biography

Dr. McKillip is a Palliative Medicine physician and Academic Director, Program in Interdisciplinary Palliative Medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine.

Her research and curricular interests seek to bridge experience with caring for seriously ill patients across all developmental stages with her interests in the liberal arts and developmental cognitive psychology. Her courses seek to establish a humanistic clinical approach to complex suffering. Her research seeks to  examine cognitive heuristics that inform clinician's response to complex medical suffering. Her internal and external patient advocacy seeks to uphold dignity of patients with complex healthcare needs.

Within the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, she is past chair of the Early Career Professionals SIG and current chair of the Case Committee. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Palliative Care and received a Kingfisher Institute Curriculum Innovation grant in 2019. She has received multiple awards related to patient advocacy and research.

She is tenure track Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Medical Humanities at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska.  In her spare time, she enjoys making music and playing in her garden with her family.

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • McKillip KM, Moss RFF. Power, Silence, and Debriefing: Hidden Harms When Palliative Teams Encounter Racism. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2021.01.128., Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, S0885-3924(21), 00150-0, 2021
  • McKillip KM. The Watch., Annals of Internal Medicine, 173(5), 416, 2020
  • McKillip KM, Lott AD, Swetz KM. Respecting Autonomy and Promoting the Patient's Good in the Setting of Serious Terminal and Concurrent Mental Illness., Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 92(4), 597-602, 2019
  • McKillip KM, Barnett MD, Swetz KM. Communication Education, Modeling, and Protocols Transform Clinicians to Agents of Empowerment., Am J Bioethics, 17(11), 40-42, 2017

Presentations

  • Kowalke B, McKillip KM. “Using First-Person Narratives of Neurodiversity to Enhance Communication and Understanding.” Presented at The Examined Life Conference, The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA via Zoom., 2020
  • Currie ER, Li P, Boss R, Wolfe J, Perna SJ, Buckingham S, McKillip K, Dionne-Odom JN, Ejem D, Antia L, Bakitas M. “Access to pediatric palliative care in minority and rural deep south neonatal intensive care (ICU) patients: Patterns of care from 2009-2017”. Poster presented at the Alabama Rural Health Association, Prattville, AL., 2019
  • McKillip KM, Barnett MD. “Prognostication in Pediatric Palliative Care.” In workshop titled, “Whoa, This Patient is How Young? Strategies for Adult Providers Caring for Pediatric Patients” Presented at AAHPM Annual Assembly, in Orlando, Florida., 2019
  • Currie ER, Li P, Boss R, Wolfe J, Perna SJ, Buckingham S, McKillip K, Dionne-Odom JN, Ejem D, Antia L, Bakitas M. “Access to pediatric palliative care in minority and rural deep south neonatal intensive care (ICU) patients: Patterns of care from 2009-2017” Poster presented at AAHPM American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Annual Assembly, Orlando, Florida., 2019
  • McKillip, KM. “Heuristics in Nonverbal Patients' Pain Management: Peering Into the 'Black Box' of Palliative Clinical Decision Making” Poster presented at the 22nd International Congress on Palliative Care, in Montréal, Quebec., 2018
  • Currie ER, Perna SJ, Buckingham S, McKillip K, Boss R, Wolfe J, Dionne-Odom J N, Ejem D, Azuero A, & Bakitas M. “Neonatal Palliative Care in the U.S. Deep South: Exploration of Patterns of Care and Health Disparities” Poster presented at the 22nd International Congress on Palliative Care, in Montréal, Quebec., 2018
  • Currie ER, Perna SJ, Buckingham S, McKillip K, Boss R, Wolfe J, & Bakitas M. “Do health disparities in the deep south impact neonatal palliative care? Implications for rural nurses” Poster presented at the International Rural Nurses Conference, Nashville, Tennessee., 2018
  • McKillip KM, Smith MP, Lundgren SW. “Now that I Think About It, Your Heart is Actually Fine” presented at the Society for General Internal Medicine in Hollywood, FL., 2016
  • McKillip KM, Smith MP. “Tests are Negative, But Still Positive” presented at the Society for General Internal Medicine in Hollywood, FL., 2016