Kimberly Bower, M.D., Earns Fellow Designation from American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

kimberly-bower-mdSan Diego – March 14, 2016 – Kimberly Bower, M.D., who specializes in hospice and palliative care with Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and Scripps Health has earned fellow designation from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She received the honor on March 12 at the academy’s annual meeting in Chicago.

Advancement to fellowship status within the academy recognizes dedication and scholarship in the field of hospice and palliative medicine. The distinction represents a minimum of five years of academy membership and participation in its activities, letters of recommendation and board certification in hospice and palliative medicine.

Dr. Bower serves as medical director of the pediatric hospice care program operated jointly by Rady Children’s and Scripps Health. Through the collaborative program, a specialized team of clinicians from Rady Children’s and Scripps and work together as part of a fully integrated approach to provide pediatric hospice care services tailored to what’s best for each patient. Dr. Bower also serves as chief of palliative medicine at Rady Children’s.

After earning her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Bower completed her family medicine residency training at Brown University’s Family Medicine Program at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. She is board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.

 The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine includes more than 4,900 members, comprising physicians and other health care professionals committed to improving the care of patients with serious or life-threatening conditions. Since 1988, the academy has supported hospice and palliative medicine through the advancement of clinical practice standards, fostering research, providing education and through public policy advocacy.

 About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a 520-bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, Southern Riverside and Imperial counties. Rady Children’s is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. In June 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rady Children’s among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in all ten pediatric specialties the magazine surveyed. Rady Children’s is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to support its mission. For more information, visit and find us on Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo.

About Scripps Health

Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a nonprofit integrated health system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps treats more than 600,000 patients annually through the dedication of 2,600 affiliated physicians and more than 15,000 employees among its five acute-care hospital campuses, hospice and home health care services, 28 outpatient centers and clinics, and hundreds of physician offices throughout the region.

Recognized as a leader in prevention, diagnosis and treatment, Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research, genomic medicine and wireless health care. With three highly respected graduate medical education programs, Scripps is a longstanding member of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Scripps hospitals are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s best and Scripps is regularly recognized by Fortune, Working Mother magazine and AARP as one of the best places in the nation to work. More information can be found at

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