Dr. Lucy Kalanithi to be Keynote Speaker at 2019 Palliative Care Conference

Dr. Lucy Kalanithi to Speak at San Diego Palliative Care Conference

Proposals for Paper or Poster Presentations due by Feb. 8

Jan. 28, 2019 (SAN DIEGO) – Lucy Kalanithi MD, FACP, a Stanford School of Medicine Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine whose personal and professional perspective on loss and grief is helping to shape a national conversation on improving healthcare, will be the keynote speaker June 7 at San Diego’s 4th annual Palliative Care Conference at Cal State University San Marcos.

Kalanithi is the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, for which she wrote the epilogue. Warm, insightful, and compelling, she’s been featured on PBS NewsHour, NPR Morning Edition, and Yahoo News with Katie Couric, as well as in publications including People magazine, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

Lucy Kalanithi MD, FACP
Lucy Kalanithi MD, FACP

The San Diego Palliative Care conference, hosted by the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care at CSUSM and the San Diego Coalition for Compassionate Care, draws current and future healthcare professionals, educators and advocates interested in advancing palliative care and/or sharing their stories and expertise.

Proposals for paper or poster presentations at the conference are being accepted now through Feb. 8 on topics including:

  • Advance care planning with special populations
  • Integrative therapies
  • Spirituality
  • How technology is used to deliver palliative care
  • Innovative and successful palliative care approaches

To submit an abstract and/or register for the conference, visit

The CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care at CSUSM is a Campus Partner of the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care, a workforce development initiative focused on educating current and future healthcare professionals to meet the growing demand for palliative care xx by our rapidly aging population.

Palliative care is whole person, patient-centered specialty care designed to address the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual suffering that can accompany serious illness. To learn more about the Institute, visit