Maureen G. Giacomazza, MA, RN

Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Clinical Nurse Consultant

University of Michigan Health System
1540 E. Hospital Drive,  SPC 4280
CW 12-525
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-4280

Telephone: (734) 936-5826 Pager 0011
Fax: (734) 647-5624


  • Pediatric palliative care
  • Bioethics

Maureen Goode Giacomazza is a Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Pediatric Palliative Care Program at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. She has over 20 years of experience caring for children facing life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses in Intensive Care Units both in the United States and England. During this time, she developed a keen appreciation for the challenging decisions that parents face as they struggle to balance the benefits and burdens of care while hoping for a good quality of life for their child. This work led to her passionate interests in both bioethics and promoting palliative care services for children and families. In addition, Ms. Giacomazza serves on various institutional, community, and state ethics boards and forums.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • 2012, Principle Investigator, Fostering Innovation Grant (FIG) University of Michigan Health System. "End of Life Compassion Carts"
  • 2010, Co-investigator, Fostering Innovation Grant (FIG) University of Michigan Health System. "Pediatric End-of-Life Training Program"


Ms. Giacomazza has served as a frequent lecturer in both undergraduate and graduate nursing courses lecturing primarily on the topics of Bioethics and Palliative Care. Additionally, she worked closely with Dr. Linda K. Strodtman, Assistant Professor Emerita, as co-producer of two education films about Palliative and End-of-Life care which have been used to teach health professionals and health professional students. See Evan Mayday's "Good Death" and "Difficult Decisions in Pediatric Care: Just Because We Can, Should We?" at  Palliative and End of Life Educational Media.  Ms. Giacomazza was one of the principle innovators in the development of a Pediatric End-of-Life Training Program for interdisciplinary staff at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The resources and references are available to view or download online at: Workshops in End-of-Life Training for Health Professionals in Children's Hospitals.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, American Nurses Association
  • Member, Michigan Nurses Association
  • Member, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
  • Member, Pediatrics Ethic Committees, University of Michigan Health System, 1994 – present
  • Past Member, Adult Ethics Committee, University of Michigan Health System,
  • Co-chair, Arbor Hospice & Home Care, Ethics Committee, 2006 - 2007
  • Board Member, Medical Ethics Resource Network (MERN), 2004 - 2007

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Excellence in Interpersonal Collaboration for Better Patient Care Award, University of Michigan Health System, University of Michigan Medical School and School of Nursing, 2012
  • Pediatric Palliative Care Award, End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium, 2007
  • The Videographer Awards, Award of Distinction, 2007
  • Distinguished Service Award, Sigma Theta Tau, 2006
  • MNA Scholarship Award, 2005
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses Wyeth-Ayerst Nursing Fellow, 1999


  • MA, King’s College, London, England 1993
  • BSN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1982

Publication Highlights

  • Strodtman, L.K, Giacomazza, M., Pituch, K., (Producers). (2012). Difficult decisions in pediatric care: Just because we can, should we? [Film]. USA: Palliative and End of Life Educational Media, University of Michigan.

  • Pituch K, Giacomazza, M., Azim J, Ayyangar R, Niedner MF, et al. (2010). Interdisciplinary training to recognize and relieve suffering. Poster at the 18th International Congress on Palliative Care. Montreal, Canada.

  • Strodtman, L.K. & Giacomazza, M.G., (Producers). (2005). Evan MayDay’s good death [Film]. USA: Palliative and End of Life Educational Media, The University of Michigan.

  • Goode, M. (2004). Opening closed doors: Facilitating family presence during critical resuscitation. Ethics-In-Formation. Medical Ethics Resource Network of Michigan (MERN), Vol. 11 (10).

  • Goode, M. & Witmer, S. (1999). The least worst death: Who makes the call? American Journal of Nursing, May supplement.

  • Goode, M. (1998). Ethical challenges in the management of health care resources. In Price, S.A., Koch, M.W. & Bassett, S. (Eds), Health care resource management: Present and future challenges. St. Louis: Mosby.