Kathy Perko, MS CPNP CHPPN CPLP CPON®Nurse Practitioner

Kathy Perko received her BSN from the University of Portland, Oregon and started her nursing career at the Children’s Hospital in Seattle. She spent eight years there-focusing in pediatric oncology with a special interest in children with brain tumors. She received her MS/PNP from University of California-San Francisco with a focus on supporting children and families through the end of life.

Kathy returned to the Pacific Northwest and has been working in Portland for the past 19 years. She transitioned from pediatric oncology to palliative care over the past years and was a founding member and is the Program Director of Bridges Palliative Care Program at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The Bridges Program sees patients from pre-natal diagnosis through young adulthood.

Kathy is a recipient of a Cambia Sojourns Award. She is currently serving on the Oregon Palliative Care and Quality of life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council representing the needs of children and families. Kathy is a gifted educator, combining clinical practice and child and family stories to inspire those learning about pediatric palliative care. She is a frequent speaker for medical and nursing students as well as providing community based education. She is on the national faculty for ELNEC and EPEC-Pediatrics.