Get to Know Me
Dr. Ricki Carroll is a complex care and palliative care physician on the skeletal dysplasia and palliative care teams at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware. Dr. Carroll works to provide a medical home and manage care for children with a wide array of skeletal dysplasias. Her background in palliative medicine allows her to focus on pain and symptom management needs for these children, teens and young adults. Dr. Carroll also leads the skeletal dysplasia consultative service, providing care for infants and children with skeletal dysplasias who are in the hospital. Additionally, drawing upon her Master’s in Bioethics, she is currently serving as co-Chair of the Nemours Ethics and Patients’ Rights Committee.
What I'm Passionate About
It’s an honor and a privilege to care for families, children and teens with skeletal dysplasias and medically complex conditions. I aim to treat each child or teen as a whole, and not just treat the individual condition, as I feel spiritual and emotional needs are just as important as medical and physical ones. I try to intently listen to each child or teen and family when they are under my care, in hopes of understanding their story and their experience and, therefore, focusing goals of care to their individual needs. My medical interests include: Clinical management of infants with skeletal dysplasias, including OI, thanatophoric dysplasia, and collagen-II-opathies Emerging medical treatments for skeletal dysplasias The elucidation of the natural history of OI and skeletal dysplasias The role of biomarkers in all skeletal dysplasias Management of chronic pain in adolescents and young adults with skeletal dysplasias Complex medical conditions Palliative care
Make A Difference
I try to make a difference by focusing on each child or teen as if they are my one and only patient. I aim to provide a comforting environment for kids while they are in our care and always consider how to better manage symptoms and control any pain. I earned a master's degree in bioethics, and often call upon what I learned to help inform how I view the way the hospital and our teams deliver excellent care to children and teens.
Education & Training
- Department of Pediatrics/Palliative Care,
- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia,
- University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine,
- American Board of Pediatrics/General Pediatrics
- American Board of Pediatrics/Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Awards & Recognition
2021Rising Star Award, Nemours Physician Excellence Awards