Kathleen E. Houlahan




Kathleen E. Houlahan

Director, Nursing/Patient Services, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center






St. Joseph’s College



Nursing Education

Simmons College



Health Care Administration

Laboure College




Stonehill College








A.    Positions and Honors
Positions and Employment
Children’s Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
4/08 to Present      Director, Nursing/Patient Services for Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Children’s Hospital Boston
Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
9/00 to 4/08           Nurse Program for Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
9/95 to 9/00            Nurse Program Manager for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
4/84 to 8/95             Staff Nurse, Pediatric Oncology Department
Other Experiences and Professional Memberships
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
2009 to present        Member
      Society of International Pediatric Oncology (SIOP)
2009 to present        Member
Children’s Oncology Group (COG)/CureSearch
2000 to Present       Nursing Responsible Investigator for Dana-Farber/Children’s Cancer Care Program
Ronald McDonald House, Boston
1996 to Present      Board of Trustees
Massachusetts Organization for Nurse Executives
2002 to Present      Member
Association of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology Nurses
1992 to Present      Member
2008    Recipient of the Kellogg Community Foundation ($50,000)
2007    Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Care, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Partners, Writing  
            Excellence   Award
2007   Alex’s Team Foundation MVP Award
2007  Recipient of the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation grant
2006   Grant Recipient of Yawkey Foundation Grant
2006    Patrick Faolan McDonough Appreciation Award
2003   Development of Chemotherapy Order entry System Award (COE) Massachusetts Society of Health-System  
          Pharmacists (MSHP)
B. Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
Houlahan K., Branowicki P., (2009). The Care of the Pediatric Oncology Patient in the Home. In Pediatric Home Care (3rd ed). Votroubek and Tabacco, Jones and Bartlett
Branowicki P, Conley S, Houlahan K., (in press, 2009). Nursing Care of Childhood Cancer Patients. In Hematology and Oncology of Infancy and Childhood. Nathan and Oski, Elsevier Science Health Science, 6th Edition.
Harney,K., Branowicki, P., Neufeld, E., McCabe, M., Houlahan, K., Sporing, E. (2008). Clinical Impact of An Anticoagulation Screening Service at a Pediatric Tertiary Care Facility.Journal ofAgency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Houlahan, K., Branowicki, P et al. (2006). “Can End of Life Care (EOL) for the Pediatric Patient Suffering with Escalating and Intractable Symptoms Be Improved?” Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 23 (1), 45-50.
Houlahan K, Kieran M. (2004) Gene Therapy. InPediatric Oncology Nursing Advanced Clinical Textbook, Tomilson and Kline, Springer Publishing Company 
Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses (2004). The Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Curriculum. Content reviewer: for Principles of Biotherapy and Ethical and Legal Considerations Chapters.
Houlahan K, (2004). “Subcutaneous Insulin Administration and Patient Safety” Children's Hospital, Boston Medicine Patients Services Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 4
Branowicki P, Billett A, O’Neill J., Houlahan, K (April 2003). “Improving Complex Medical Systems: An Interdisciplinary Approach” Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA).
Marino B, P. Branowicki, J. Bennett, K. Houlahan, J. O’Neill, J. Dwyer, A. Billett (2002) “Evaluating Process Changes in a Pediatric Hospital Medication System” Outcomes Management 2002, Vol. 6, No.1
Houlahan, K. (1991) “School Reentry Program” Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing 19918(2):70-71
C.Selected Peer-Reviewed Presentations
Houlahan, K., (presentation October 2011).Society of International Pediatric Oncology
(SIOP). Cancer Prevention Education for the Healthy Child: Is it Our Responsibility?
Auckland, New Zealand.
Houlahan, K., (May 2011). Dana-Farber / Children’s Hospital Cancer Care: Care of the Pediatric Oncology Patient. Rwinkwavu Hospital, Rwinkwavu Rwanda
Houlahan, K., (December 2010). Dana-Farber / Children’s Hospital Cancer Care: Care of the Pediatric Patient at End of Life. Children's Cancer Hospital Cairo, Egypt.
Houlahan, K. (March 2010). Initiative to Improve Cancer in the Arab World, Facilitator, National Guard Health Affairs Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Houlahan, K., (July 2009). Dana-Farber / Children’s Hospital Cancer Care: Care of the Pediatric Patient at End of Life. Children's Cancer Hospital Egypt Scientific Symposium. Cairo, Egypt.
Houlahan, K. (August 2008). Dana-Farber / Children’s Hospital Cancer Care: Care of the Pediatric Patient at End of Life. Pediatric Oncology Nursing Research International Collaboration:Stockholm, Sweden.
Houlahan, K., (August 2008).  Pediatric Oncology Nurse Bereavement and Burnout. Pediatric Oncology Nursing Research International Collaboration:Stockholm, Sweden
Houlahan, K., (October 5th, 2007). Association of Pediatric Oncology/Hematology Nurses National Conference, Milwaukee Wisconsin, The Oncology Community Outreach Nurse,
Houlahan, K., Children's Hospital, Boston Research Forum, September 6th, 2007 “Following a Research Project from Start to Finish”.
Framingham Ma, Framingham, Public Schools Professional Development Program for 
School Nurses, “The Child with Cancer,” May 25, 2006
             Children’s Hospital Boston, Medicine Patient Services 
“Cefepime Encephalopathy: Antibiotic Dosing Error in a   Renal Patient” February 8th, 2005.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Multidisciplinary Staff Meeting, “Quality Improvement Initiatives,” June 2004
Children’s Hospital Medicine Patient Services Lunch Series, ““Back To School: Educating the Communities About Childhood Cancer” March 2004
Children’s Hospital Boston, Operating Room Staff Meeting Care of the Oncology Child in The Operating Room, November 2003
South Shore Hospital, “Back to School, What School Nurses Need to Know” Weymouth Mass. October 2002
Association of Pediatric Oncology/Hematology Nurses National Conference, Memphis Tennessee “Strategies in Error Reduction” October 4th, 2001
APON National Conference, Phoenix, Arizona,   “Back To School: Educating the Communities About Childhood Cancer” October 21, 1999
Dana-Farber/Partners Cancer Care Conference, Care of the Oncology Patient, San Juan Puerto Rico. “A Back to School Program” June 4, 1999.
D. Community
The Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Community Outreach Program
Creator of the Pediatric Oncology Community Outreach Program. Designed to provide:
o   a back to school visit (1988-present)
o   call to the patient’s home within 48 hours of discharge (2002 – present)
o   a home visit by an inpatient oncology nurse with the goal of providing education to the patient/family and home care agency nurse caring for the patient (2006 – present)
Volunteer Medical Corps, Town of Milton 2006-2007
Camp Dream Street, Canyon Ranch, Tucson Arizona. Responsibilities included caring for hematology /oncology young adult patients for one week. August 2006, 2007, 2008.
Camp Dream Street, Malibu California. Responsibilities included escorting patients from CHB and clinically caring for hematology/oncology patients at the camp for one week. July 1989-1992.
Holt International Adoption Agency, Pune, India. Escort for infants/children from India being adopted by Americans. Responsibilities included caring for infants/children on 24-32 hour trip and providing education of caretakers in orphanage re: infection control. September 1989, March 1991.