Bryan A. Sisk

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology
Hematology and Oncology

phone: (314) 454-6018


  • BS, Summa Cum Laude, University of Missouri - Columbia2007
  • MD, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University2013
  • MSCI, Washington University School of Medicine2020


  • Residency, St. Louis Children's Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine2013 - 2016
  • Editorial Fellowship, Pediatrics, AAP2016 - 2017
  • Chief Residency, St. Louis Children's Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine2016 - 2017
  • Fellowship, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine2017 - 2020
  • Mentored Training Program in Clinical Investigation, Washington University School of Medicine2018 - 2020

Licensure and Board Certification

  • 2016 - PresMO, Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
  • 2017 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity2004
  • College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Undergraduate Research Internship, University of Missouri-Columbia2004
  • Discovery Biology Summer Research Internship, Pfizer, Inc.2005
  • Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, University of Missouri-Columbia2006
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Mayo Clinic2006
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society, University of Missouri-Columbia Chapter2007
  • Certificate of Exemplary Community Service, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine2009
  • Scholarship in Teaching Award, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine2011
  • Scholarship in Teaching Award, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine2013
  • Andrew J. Fishleder Leadership in Medicine Award, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine2013
  • Award for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine2013
  • Quality Improvement Showcase Award, St. Louis Children's Hospital2015
  • Academic Pediatric Association Ethics Special Interest Group Essay Competition - Second Place2016
  • Scholarship in Teaching Award - Case Western Reserve University2019

Recent Publications view all (48)

Publication Co-Authors

  1. Communication in Pediatric Oncology: A Qualitative Study. Pediatrics. 2020. PMID:32820068 
  2. Impact of cancer on school, work, and financial independence among adolescents and young adults. Cancer. 2020. PMID:32658324 
  3. Research Ethics during a Pandemic: A Call for Normative and Empirical Analysis. Am J Bioeth. 2020;20(7):82-84. PMID:32716775 
  4. How Will Artificial Intelligence Affect Patient-Clinician Relationships? AMA J Ethics. 2020;22(5):E395-400. PMID:32449655 
  5. The "Ought-Is" Problem: An Implementation Science Framework for Translating Ethical Norms Into Practice. Am J Bioeth. 2020;20(4):62-70. PMID:32208070 
  6. Supporting "good parent" beliefs with communication: Where do we go next? Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2020;e28282. PMID:32196940 
  7. Oncologists' Communication and Decision-Making Behaviors Affect Perceptions of Sensitive Information Exchange for Adolescent and Young Adult Patients. J Palliat Med. 2020;23(3):310-311. PMID:32105550 
  8. Teamwork in prognostic communication: Addressing bottlenecks and barriers. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2020;e28192. PMID:31965719 
  9. Response to Suffering of the Seriously Ill Child: A History of Palliative Care for Children. Pediatrics. 2019. PMID:31806669 
  10. The Underappreciated Influence of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross on the Development of Palliative Care for Children. Am J Bioeth. 2019;19(12):70-72. PMID:31746709 
  11. A Model of Interpersonal Trust, Credibility, and Relationship Maintenance. Pediatrics. 2019. PMID:31722962 
  12. Emotional Communication in Advanced Pediatric Cancer Conversations. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019. PMID:31733356 
  13. Reprioritizing Risk and Benefit: The Future of Study Design in Early-Phase Cancer Research. Ethics Hum Res. 2019;41(6):2-11. PMID:31743629 
  14. Longitudinal prognostic communication needs of adolescents and young adults with cancer. Cancer. 2019. PMID:31568584 
  15. Communication interventions in adult and pediatric oncology: A scoping review and analysis of behavioral targets. PLoS One. 2019;14(8):e0221536. PMID:31437262 
  16. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Parental Decision-Making Roles in Pediatric Oncology. J Palliat Med. 2019. PMID:31408409 
  17. Knowing versus doing: The value of behavioral change models for emotional communication in oncology. Patient Educ Couns. 2019. PMID:31362900 
  18. The evolution of regret: decision-making for parents of children with cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2019. PMID:31297592 
  19. Persistently low peace of mind in parents of cancer patients: A five-year follow-up study. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2019;e27609. PMID:30663226 
  20. Ethical issues in the care of adolescent and young adult oncology patients. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2019;e27608. PMID:30623573 
  21. Decisional burden among parents of children with cancer. Cancer. 2019. PMID:30602060 
  22. Core Functions of Communication in Pediatric Medicine: an Exploratory Analysis of Parent and Patient Narratives. J Cancer Educ. 2018. PMID:30565162 
  23. Microethics of Communication-Hidden Roles of Bias and Heuristics in the Words We Choose. JAMA Pediatr. 2018. PMID:30357382 
  24. Reasons Don't Matter. Am J Bioeth. 2018;18(8):59-60. PMID:30133399 
  25. How Should We Enhance the Process and Purpose of Prognostic Communication in Oncology? AMA J Ethics. 2018;20(8):E757-765. PMID:30118426 
  26. Therapeutic Misperceptions in Early-Phase Cancer Trials: From Categorical to Continuous. IRB. 2018;40(4):13-20. PMID:30387976 
  27. Sources of parental hope in pediatric oncology. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2018;65(6):e26981. PMID:29369485 
  28. Appropriateness of Pediatrics Case Reports Citations. Pediatrics. 2018;141(Suppl 5):S526-S529. PMID:29610185 
  29. Hope, Optimism, and Compassionate Communication. JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(4):311-312. PMID:29404571 
  30. How Parents of Children With Cancer Learn About Their Children's Prognosis. Pediatrics. 2018;141(1). PMID:29208726 
  31. Improving infant CPR training at an academic medical center using a medical student-led program. Resuscitation. 2018;122:e13-e14. PMID:29146492 
  32. Prognostic disclosures over time: Parental preferences and physician practices. Cancer. 2017;123(20):4031-4038. PMID:28369836 
  33. Longitudinal parental preferences for late effects communication during cancer treatment. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017. PMID:28792684 
  34. Communication in pediatric oncology: State of the field and research agenda. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017. PMID:28748597 
  35. Navigating Decisional Discord: The Pediatrician's Role When Child and Parents Disagree. Pediatrics. 2017;139(6). PMCID:PMC5470498  PMID:28562285 
  36. Devastation and Hope-Stories of Fertility in Oncology. Narrat Inq Bioeth. 2017;7(2):141-145. PMID:29056644 
  37. Prognostic Disclosures to Children: A Historical Perspective. Pediatrics. 2016;138(3). PMCID:PMC5005028  PMID:27561728 
  38. Interventions to Improve HPV Vaccine Uptake: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics. 2016;138(1). PMID:27296865 
  39. The Truth about Truth-Telling in American Medicine: A Brief History. Perm J. 2016;20(3):74-7. PMCID:PMC4991917  PMID:27352417 
  40. Where Were You? Acad Pediatr. 2016;16(3):217-9. PMID:26884097 
  41. A piece of my mind. Time will tell. JAMA. 2015;313(11):1107-8. PMID:25781437 
  42. A common thread: pediatric advocacy training. Pediatrics. 2015;135(1):7-9. PMID:25535264 
  43. The cost of "what if...". Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014;53(8):807-8. PMID:24647694 
  44. Being difficult for the patient. J Gen Intern Med. 2012;27(12):1726-7. PMCID:PMC3509302  PMID:22692635 
  45. Medical students teach basic life support in hospital. Med Educ. 2012;46(5):512-3. PMID:22515769 
  46. The most intimate and intrusive question. Tex Heart Inst J. 2012;39(3):313-4. PMCID:PMC3368464  PMID:22719137 
  47. Student perspectives on assessment: experience in a competency-based portfolio system. Med Teach. 2012;34(3):221-5. PMID:22364454 
  48. Dietary grape supplement ameliorates cerebral ischemia-induced neuronal death in gerbils. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2005;49(5):443-51. PMID:15830335 
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