American Board of Pediatrics
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters
Akron Children's Hospital
No matter how hard we try, children suffer pain, whether from an accident or injury, or from necessary treatment. The goal of CHKD’s pain and palliative medicine service is to minimize the pain and suffering of children and their families through a variety of means of support.
Death and dying are inevitable, and Dr. Mehta considers it a privilege to ease a family’s journey, or walk that path with them.
She is inspired by a quote from Mattie Stepanek, a young poet with dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy. Dr. Mehta believes the quote epitomizes the goals of palliative care today: Pediatric palliative care “no longer means helping children die well, it means helping children and their families to live well and then, when the time is certain, to help them die gently.”
- Palliative care for children, end-of-life management, goals-of-care discussions
- Opioid management
- Children with complex chronic care needs
Honors and Awards:
- Coastal Virginia Magazine “Top Doc” 2019, 2020, 2021
- Mehta A, Eilers LF, Campbell AM, Ramirez DWE, Godambe SA. Using the PRISM model to drive quality improvement in the emergency department. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine 18(2):103-114.
CHKD Main Hospital
601 Children's Ln
Norfolk, VA 23518
Pain & Palliative Care