Bryan A. Sisk

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology
Assistant Professor, General Medical Sciences
GMSHematology 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 - General Pediatrics
  • 2021 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics - Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

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
  • Young Investigator Award - St. Jude Pediatric Palliative Oncology Symposium2019
  • Young Investigator Award - American Society for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology2021
  • Top Scoring Abstract - Conquer Cancer Scientific and Career Development Retreat2021

Recent Publications view all (74)

Publication Co-Authors

  1. Navigating care for rare diseases: Caregiver and patient advice for families and clinicians managing care for vascular malformations. Patient Educ Couns. 2022;107:107569. PMID:36410314 
  2. Prescribing unproven cancer drugs: physician perspectives on expanded access and right to try. J Law Biosci. 2022;9(2):lsac031. PMCID:PMC9596169  PMID:36419857 
  3. Navigating Conflicting Interests in Pandemic Research: Preparing the US Research Infrastructure for a Worse Pandemic. Am J Med. 2022. PMID:36252708 
  4. Factors affecting pathways to care for children and adolescents with complex vascular malformations: parental perspectives. Orphanet J Rare Dis. 2022;17(1):271. PMID:35840977 
  5. The Microethics of Communication in Health Care: A New Framework for the Fast Thinking of Everyday Clinical Encounters. Hastings Cent Rep. 2022;52(4):34-43. PMID:35993106 
  6. Co-management of communication and care in adolescent and young adult oncology. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2022;e29813. PMID:35719025 
  7. Ethical, regulatory, and practical barriers to COVID-19 research: A stakeholder-informed inventory of concerns. PLoS One. 2022;17(3):e0265252. PMID:35324933 
  8. A proposed global framework for pediatric cancer communication research. Cancer. 2022. PMID:35201609 
  9. Interdependent functions of communication with adolescents and young adults in oncology. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2022;e29588. PMID:35092342 
  10. Racial and ethnic disparities in communication study enrollment for young people with cancer: A descriptive analysis of the literature. Patient Educ Couns. 2021. PMID:34991915 
  11. Bereaved Caregivers Perspectives of Negative Communication Experiences Near the End of Life for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2021. PMID:34870475 
  12. ALK+ histiocytosis: a new clinicopathologic spectrum highlighting neurologic involvement and responses to ALK inhibition. Blood. 2021. PMID:34727172 
  13. Multilevel barriers and facilitators of communication in pediatric oncology: A systematic review. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2021;e29405. PMID:34662485 
  14. Exploring perceptions of healthcare technologies enabled by artificial intelligence: an online, scenario-based survey. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2021;21(1):221. PMCID:PMC8293482  PMID:34284756 
  15. Reflections on Communication and Care in Cancer. Pediatrics. 2021. PMID:34261808 
  16. Clinicians' Perspectives on the Functions of Communication in Pediatric Oncology. J Palliat Med. 2021. PMID:34255562 
  17. Conflicting goals and obligations: Tensions affecting communication in pediatric oncology. Patient Educ Couns. 2021. PMID:33992486 
  18. Moving Toward a Basic Science of Prognostic Communication. Pediatrics. 2021. PMID:33952690 
  19. "Don't be afraid to speak up": Communication advice from parents and clinicians of children with cancer. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2021;e29052. PMID:33861026 
  20. Assume It Will Break: Parental Perspectives on Negative Communication Experiences in Pediatric Oncology. JCO Oncol Pract. 2021;OP2001038. PMID:33848191 
  21. Unanswered questions and unmet needs: A call for communication research in vascular anomalies. Patient Educ Couns. 2021. PMID:33858723 
  22. Multilevel barriers to communication in pediatric oncology: Clinicians' perspectives. Cancer. 2021. PMID:33598930 
  23. Parental views on communication between children and clinicians in pediatric oncology: a qualitative study. Support Care Cancer. 2021. PMID:33569673 
  24. Improving communication in pediatric oncology: An interdisciplinary path forward. Cancer. 2020. PMID:33320329 
  25. Characteristics of uncertainty in advanced pediatric cancer conversations. Patient Educ Couns. 2020. PMID:33109428 
  26. Parental Attitudes toward Artificial Intelligence-Driven Precision Medicine Technologies in Pediatric Healthcare. Children (Basel). 2020;7(9). PMID:32962204 
  27. Communication in Pediatric Oncology: A Qualitative Study. Pediatrics. 2020. PMID:32820068 
  28. Impact of cancer on school, work, and financial independence among adolescents and young adults. Cancer. 2020. PMID:32658324 
  29. Research Ethics during a Pandemic: A Call for Normative and Empirical Analysis. Am J Bioeth. 2020;20(7):82-84. PMID:32716775 
  30. How Will Artificial Intelligence Affect Patient-Clinician Relationships? AMA J Ethics. 2020;22(5):E395-400. PMID:32449655 
  31. The "Ought-Is" Problem: An Implementation Science Framework for Translating Ethical Norms Into Practice. Am J Bioeth. 2020;20(4):62-70. PMID:32208070 
  32. Supporting "good parent" beliefs with communication: Where do we go next? Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2020;e28282. PMID:32196940 
  33. 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 
  34. Teamwork in prognostic communication: Addressing bottlenecks and barriers. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2020;e28192. PMID:31965719 
  35. Response to Suffering of the Seriously Ill Child: A History of Palliative Care for Children. Pediatrics. 2019. PMID:31806669 
  36. 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 
  37. A Model of Interpersonal Trust, Credibility, and Relationship Maintenance. Pediatrics. 2019. PMID:31722962 
  38. Emotional Communication in Advanced Pediatric Cancer Conversations. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019. PMID:31733356 
  39. Reprioritizing Risk and Benefit: The Future of Study Design in Early-Phase Cancer Research. Ethics Hum Res. 2019;41(6):2-11. PMID:31743629 
  40. Longitudinal prognostic communication needs of adolescents and young adults with cancer. Cancer. 2019. PMID:31568584 
  41. Communication interventions in adult and pediatric oncology: A scoping review and analysis of behavioral targets. PLoS One. 2019;14(8):e0221536. PMID:31437262 
  42. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Parental Decision-Making Roles in Pediatric Oncology. J Palliat Med. 2019. PMID:31408409 
  43. Knowing versus doing: The value of behavioral change models for emotional communication in oncology. Patient Educ Couns. 2019. PMID:31362900 
  44. The evolution of regret: decision-making for parents of children with cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2019. PMID:31297592 
  45. Persistently low peace of mind in parents of cancer patients: A five-year follow-up study. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2019;e27609. PMID:30663226 
  46. Ethical issues in the care of adolescent and young adult oncology patients. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2019;e27608. PMID:30623573 
  47. Decisional burden among parents of children with cancer. Cancer. 2019. PMID:30602060 
  48. Core Functions of Communication in Pediatric Medicine: an Exploratory Analysis of Parent and Patient Narratives. J Cancer Educ. 2018. PMID:30565162 
  49. Microethics of Communication-Hidden Roles of Bias and Heuristics in the Words We Choose. JAMA Pediatr. 2018. PMID:30357382 
  50. Reasons Don't Matter. Am J Bioeth. 2018;18(8):59-60. PMID:30133399 
  51. How Should We Enhance the Process and Purpose of Prognostic Communication in Oncology? AMA J Ethics. 2018;20(8):E757-765. PMID:30118426 
  52. Therapeutic Misperceptions in Early-Phase Cancer Trials: From Categorical to Continuous. IRB. 2018;40(4):13-20. PMID:30387976 
  53. Sources of parental hope in pediatric oncology. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2018;65(6):e26981. PMID:29369485 
  54. Appropriateness of Pediatrics Case Reports Citations. Pediatrics. 2018;141(Suppl 5):S526-S529. PMID:29610185 
  55. Hope, Optimism, and Compassionate Communication. JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(4):311-312. PMID:29404571 
  56. How Parents of Children With Cancer Learn About Their Children's Prognosis. Pediatrics. 2018;141(1). PMID:29208726 
  57. Improving infant CPR training at an academic medical center using a medical student-led program. Resuscitation. 2018;122:e13-e14. PMID:29146492 
  58. Prognostic disclosures over time: Parental preferences and physician practices. Cancer. 2017;123(20):4031-4038. PMID:28369836 
  59. Longitudinal parental preferences for late effects communication during cancer treatment. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017. PMID:28792684 
  60. Communication in pediatric oncology: State of the field and research agenda. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017. PMID:28748597 
  61. Navigating Decisional Discord: The Pediatrician's Role When Child and Parents Disagree. Pediatrics. 2017;139(6). PMCID:PMC5470498  PMID:28562285 
  62. Devastation and Hope-Stories of Fertility in Oncology. Narrat Inq Bioeth. 2017;7(2):141-145. PMID:29056644 
  63. Prognostic Disclosures to Children: A Historical Perspective. Pediatrics. 2016;138(3). PMCID:PMC5005028  PMID:27561728 
  64. Interventions to Improve HPV Vaccine Uptake: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics. 2016;138(1). PMID:27296865 
  65. The Truth about Truth-Telling in American Medicine: A Brief History. Perm J. 2016;20(3):74-7. PMCID:PMC4991917  PMID:27352417 
  66. Where Were You? Acad Pediatr. 2016;16(3):217-9. PMID:26884097 
  67. A piece of my mind. Time will tell. JAMA. 2015;313(11):1107-8. PMID:25781437 
  68. A common thread: pediatric advocacy training. Pediatrics. 2015;135(1):7-9. PMID:25535264 
  69. The cost of "what if...". Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014;53(8):807-8. PMID:24647694 
  70. Being difficult for the patient. J Gen Intern Med. 2012;27(12):1726-7. PMCID:PMC3509302  PMID:22692635 
  71. Medical students teach basic life support in hospital. Med Educ. 2012;46(5):512-3. PMID:22515769 
  72. The most intimate and intrusive question. Tex Heart Inst J. 2012;39(3):313-4. PMCID:PMC3368464  PMID:22719137 
  73. Student perspectives on assessment: experience in a competency-based portfolio system. Med Teach. 2012;34(3):221-5. PMID:22364454 
  74. 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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