Kimberly Pyke-Grimm

Kimberly Pyke-Grimm, PhD, RN, CNS, CPHON

Nurse Scientist in the Department of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice | Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics | Stanford Medicine Children's Health /Co-Chair of the Children's Oncology Group Return of Results Committee/Co-Chair of the International Family Nursing Association Ethics Committee |

Pediatric Hematology | Pediatric Oncology

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
725 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

My Approach

Dr. Pyke-Grimm is a Nurse Scientist in the Department of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice at Stanford Children’s Health.  She has over 30 years of experience as a Pediatric Hem/Onc/SCT Clinical Nurse Specialist. She graduated with her Bachelor of Nursing Degree from Dalhousie University, Master of Nursing Degree from UCLA and PhD in Nursing from UCSF. Dr. Pyke-Grimm completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Palliative Care at Stanford University. She has a Certificate in Pediatric Bioethics from the Children's Mercy Bioethics Center. She holds an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hem/Onc. Her research interests include treatment decision making in children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer, and their families, palliative care and clinical ethics. She teaches in the Department of Pediatrics and UCSF School Nursing (adjunct faculty) and holds leadership positions in the Children’s Oncology Group and International Family Nursing Association. She is on the editorial boards of several pediatric journals and has received research funding from multiple sources.


Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

725 Welch Road

Palo Alto, CA 94304

Maps, Directions & Parking

Phone : (650) 291-3573

Work and Education

Professional Education

Bachelor of Nursing, Dalhousie University School of Nursing, Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada, 1985

Master of Nursing, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1991

PhD in Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Palliative Care, Stanford University, CA, 2021

Board Certifications

Registered Nurse license/certificate, California Board of Registered Nursing

Clinical Nurse Specialist license/certificate, California Board of Registered Nursing

Certificate Program in Pediatric Bioethics, Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Certified in Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nursing

Honors and Awards

2018, Nightingale Award for Excellence in Research and Evidence-Based Practice at LPCH Stanford

2018, Nominated for best dissertation award at UCSF School of Nursing

2016-2018, American Cancer Society Doctoral Fellowship

2015-2017, NIH F31 Fellowship Award

2013-2014, Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Research Doctoral Scholarship

2012-2018, Graduate Dean’s Health Sciences Fellowship, UCSF School of Nursing

Research Interests

Treatment decision-making in children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer and their families

Pediatric palliative care

Clinical bioethics

Qualitative Methods and Mixed Methods


Simon, P., Pyke-Grimm, KA, Nasr, A. (2022). Assessing the Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults Receiving Cancer Treatment: A Mixed Methods Study, Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology. DOI: 10.1089/jayao.2021.0195

Pyke-Grimm , K.A., Franck, L.S., Halpern-Felsher, B., Goldsby, R. E., Rehm, R.S. (2022). Day-to-Day Decision Making in Adolescents and Adults with Cancer, Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nursing. DOI: 10.1177/27527530211068718.

McCarthy, S., Pyke-Grimm, K. A. (co-first author) & Feraco, A. Oncological Illnesses. (2022). In. J. Wolfe, P. S. Hinds & B. Sourkes (Eds). Textbook of Interdisciplinary Pediatric Palliative Care: 2nd Edition.

Pyke-Grimm, K.A., Fisher, B., Haskamp. A., Bell, C., & Newman, A.R. (2021). Providing Palliative and Hospice Care to children, Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 37(3), 151166. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2021.151166.

Butterworth, L., Nasr, A., Pyke-Grimm, K.A., Swisher, D., & Johnson, K. (2021). The Impact of Volunteering at a Family Camp for Children and Adolescents with Cancer: The Experience of Pediatric Intensive Care Nurses. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 51(10), 526-531.

Pyke-Grimm, K.A., Franck, L.S., Halpern-Felsher, B., Goldsby, R.E., Rehm, R. S. (2020). Three Dimensions of Treatment Decision Making in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer. Cancer Nursing, 43, 436-445.

Pyke-Grimm, K.A., Schultz, G., Pearson, H. & Kelly, K.P. (2020). Treatment Decision Making. In. P.S. Hinds & L. Linder. (Eds). Pediatric Oncology Nursing: Defining Care Through Science.

Unguru, Y., Bernhardt, B., Berg, S., Johnson L.M., Pyke-Grimm, K., Woodman., C., & Fernandez, C. V. (2019). Chemotherapy and Supportive Care Agents and Essential Medicines for Children with Cancer. JAMA Pediatrics, 173, 477-484.

Pyke-Grimm, K.A., Franck, L.S., Patterson Kelly, K., Halpern-Felsher, B., Goldsby, R.E., Kleiman, A., Rehm, R.S. (2019). Treatment Decision Making Involvement in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer: An Integrative Review. Oncology Nursing Forum. 46, E22-37.

Kelly, K.P., Mowbray, C., Pyke-Grimm, K., & Hinds, P.S. (2017). Identifying a conceptual shift in child and adolescent-reported treatment decision making: “Having a Say, as I need at this time”. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 64, 1-8. *Participated in study design, data analysis and manuscript writing.

Unguru Y, Fernandez CV, Bernhardt B, Berg S, Pyke-Grimm K, Woodman C, Joffe S. (2016). An Ethical Framework for Allocating Scarce Life-Saving Chemotherapy and Supportive Care Drugs for Childhood Cancer. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 6, 1-7.6.

Hughes, J., McNaughton, J., Andrews, J., George, T., Bergero, C., Pyke-Grimm, K., Gael, S., Gonzalez, C., Goodnough, T, (2015). Infusion Pump-Mediated Mechanical Hemolysis in Pediatric Patients. Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science, 45, 140-147.

Kelly, K, Pyke-Grimm, K.A, Stewart, J & Hinds, P. S. Hypothesis Generation for Childhood Cancer Communication Results: Results of a Secondary Analysis. Western Journal of Nursing Research (2014), 36(4), 512-33.

Levy, A MD, Pyke-Grimm, K, A (co-first author), Lee, D., Palla, S, Naranjo, A., Saulnier Sholler, G, Gratias, E., Maloney, K, Parshankar, F., Lee-Scott, M., Beierle, E. Gow, K., Kim, G., & Horton, T. (2013). Mentoring in Pediatric Oncology: A Report from the Children’s Oncology Group Young Investig

Stewart, J., Pyke-Grimm, K.A, Kelly, PhD, RN. (2012). Making the Right Decision for My Child with Cancer: The Parental Imperative. Cancer Nursing, 35, 419-428.

Pyke-Grimm K., Stewart, J. Kelly, K.P., & Meza, J. (2011). Feasibility, Acceptability and Usability of Web-Based Versus Paper-and-Pencil Data Collection in Parents of Children with Cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 38 (4), 428-435.

Forte, K. & Pyke-Grimm K. (2011). Ethical issues. In, T.R. Baggott, D. Fotchman, G.V. Foley & K.P. Kelly (Eds). 4th edition of Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents with Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Stewart, J. L., Pyke-Grimm, K., Kelly, K. (2009). Parental treatment decision making in childhood cancer. APHON Counts, 23 (3), 16.

Pyke-Grimm K. A., Stewart, J.L., Kelly, K.P., & Degner, L.F. (2006). Parents of children with cancer: Factors influencing their treatment decision making roles. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 21, 350-361.

Stewart, J.L., Pyke-Grimm, K.A., & Kelly, K.P. (2005). Parental treatment decision making in pediatric oncology. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 21, 153-157.

Stegenga, K.A., Deatrick, J.A., Drotar, D., Kelly, K.P., Meza, J., Pyke-Grimm, K.A., Stewart, J.L., & Zavala, O. (2005). Consensus statement: Parental treatment decision making in pediatric oncology, Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 21(2), 105-106.13.

Pyke-Grimm, K.A., Degner, L.F., Small, A., & Mueller, B. Preferences for participation in treatment decision making and information needs of parents of children with cancer: A pilot study. (1999). Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 16 (1), 13-24.

Hinds, P.S., Drew, D., DeSwarte-Wallace, J., Gibson, F., Hollen, P., Hunt, J., Martinson, I., Patterson-Kelly, K., Pyke-Grimm, K., Ruccione, K., Soanes, L., Walker, C., & Wiley, F. (1998). Decision making in pediatric oncology. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 15 (3), Suppl 1, 24.

Yadin, O., Kamil, E.S., Pyke-Grimm, K. Nelson, P.A., Boechat, I.M., Lippe, B.M., & Fine, R.N. (1992). Recombinant human growth hormone in pubertal patients with chronic renal disease. The Kidney Today, Selected Topics in Renal Science, 100, 139-154.

Fine, R.N., Pyke-Grimm, K.A., Nelson, P.A., Boechat, M.I., et al. (1991). Recombinant human growth hormone treatment of children with chronic renal failure-long term (1-year to 3-year) outcome. Pediatric Nephrology, 5 (4), 477-481.

Kamil, E.S., Yadin, O., Ettenger, R.B., Boechat, M.I., Pyke-Grimm, K.A., Nelson, P.A., Lippe, B.M., & Fine, R.N. (1991). Growth after renal transplantation-A potential role for growth hormone therapy. Clinical Transplantation, 5, 208-213.

Fine, R.N., Kamil, E., Yadin, O., Nelson, P., Pyke-Grimm, K., Boechat, M.A., & Lippe, B.M. (1991). Recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) treatment of children following renal transplantation. Pediatric Nephrology, 5, 147-151.