Stephen Liben, MD, Pediatrician

Hospital information

Academic appointments 

Professor of Pediatrics, McGill University Faculty of Medicine; Director, Pediatric Palliative Care Program; Attending Physician, Pediatric Wards; Member, McGill Centre for Whole Person Care.


As one way to answer the question of how to practice and teach whole person pediatric and adult care I co-created (2014) a Mindful Medical Practice (MMP) Course for Medical Students, and published the book: MD Aware - A Mindfulness-Based Whole Person Care Course Guide for Physicians, Liben S. and Hutchinson T. Springer Press 2019.



BSc, Neurophysiology, McGill University

Medical Degree 

McGill University


Pediatrics, Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University


Pediatric Critical Care, Montreal Children’s Hospital


Research interests 

Reduce the suffering of children with life-threatening conditions and their families

Selected publications 

The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children –2nd edition. Edited by Goldman A, Hain R and Liben S. Oxford University Press, 2012

Macdonald, M.E., Liben S., Carnevale, F.A., Cohen, S.R. "An Office or a Bedroom? Challenges for Family-Centred Care in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit" Published online February 3, 2012, Journal of Child Health Care, 2011

MacDonald ME, Liben S, Carnevale FA, Cohen SR. Signs of Life and Signs of Death and Other Mixed Messages at the End of Life. Journal of Child Health Care 12; 92, 2008

Liben S, Papadatou D, Wolfe J. Paediatric palliative care; challenges and emerging ideas. The Lancet Vol 371:852-64, 2008