Robert’s Program on Sudden Unexpected Death in Pediatrics (SUDP) Services

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Our team is filled with many of the leading experts in the field of sudden unexpected death in pediatrics. Our directors and specialists have years of experience in clinical practice and academic research in SUDP. We will support you and your family to try to make sense of things in the aftermath of your loss.

Robert’s Program offers a comprehensive list of clinical and diagnostic testing free of charge. We thoroughly investigate every child who has died suddenly and unexpectedly in Massachusetts when their parents’ consent to participate in this program. We will work with your family to keep you updated on all progress that is made as we make our best effort possible to understand how your child might have died.

We offer the following services:

  • An extensive clinical history review of your child’s medical records and mother’s pregnancy and delivery records
  • Family tree with complete medical history of your family
  • Standardized approach to autopsy, including specialized, advanced testing not typically available
  • A joint case review between Robert’s Program and the Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) for pathologists to complete a comprehensive diagnosis and determination
  • Input on general autopsy findings and conclusions prior to the medical examiner’s final conclusions
  • Genetic analysis in all cases
  • Explanation of all conclusions and findings with the medical examiner in attendance
  • A final written report thoroughly explaining the findings of the Massachusetts OCME
  • Availability to answer any questions and address concerns throughout the investigation

Please contact us at any time.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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