Katie Bucklen

(she, her)



Areas of Expertise

  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Palliative Care
  • Pediatric Pain and Symptom Management

The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.
Pema Chodron

Katie is a recently retired pediatrician who earned a bachelor of arts degree at New York University and a medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Before retirement, she served as faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine as a hospital-based pediatrician often caring for children facing the uncertainty of serious illness. It was through caring for this vulnerable population that she became interested in Mindfulness as a means of both providing improved communication and care, but also in hopes of alleviating suffering for families, patients and fellow care providers. While at Wash U, it was her privilege to learn, practice, and teach Mindfulness principles and meditation to patients and their families, as well as to fellow providers and medical trainees. She has received training in teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), as well as other training to learn how to integrate Mindfulness into the clinical setting. She has also studied the science behind the benefits of Mindfulness, such as stress reduction, resiliency, and improved communication in healthcare. Katie practices Mindfulness regularly and remains an avid student of all aspects of Mindfulness – from the neurologic basis of its benefits to the spiritual teachings that inform its secular practice.

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