Dr. Christine Ritchie Announced as 2019 Palliative Care Symposium Keynote

Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, the Minaker Chair in Geriatrics and Director of Research for the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), will deliver a keynote address at this year’s National Academic Symposium for Palliative Care Education and Research, Oct. 11-12, in San Diego.

Reflecting the 2019 Symposium theme “Advancing Palliative Care: Leading into the Future,” Dr. Ritchie will discuss her own journey as a palliative care clinician, leader, and educator and the experiences that shaped her into a powerful advocate for the expansion and enhancement of palliative care programs.

Hosted by the California State University Shiley Institute for Palliative Care, the annual Symposium draws researchers, practitioners, and educators from across the country for two days of intense learning, collaboration, and networking focused on enhancing palliative care practice and teaching.

A Celebrated Palliative Care Champion 

Driven by a passion to optimize care and quality of life for people with chronic illness and multimorbidity, Dr. Ritchie is helping to transform the nation’s approach to serious illness and end-of-life care. Board-certified in geriatrics and palliative care, she will be establishing a Center for Aging and Serious Illness Research in the MGH Mongan Institute. The Center will bring together researchers who will focus on improving the well-being of older adults and enhancing life for people with advanced illness.

Dr. Ritchie was previously the Harris Fishbon Distinguished Professor in Clinical Translational Research and Aging at UCSF and the medical director of Clinical Programs in the UCSF Office of Population Health.

She co-leads the NINR-funded Palliative Care Research Cooperative and is working with the National Home-based Primary Care and Palliative Care Network to develop quality measures appropriate to the homebound population.

Dr. Ritchie was a featured speaker at the first annual National Symposium for Palliative Care Education and Research, which was held in 2015. She co-chairs the San Francisco City/County Palliative Care Committee and is past-President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Networking with Top Researchers, Faculty, Practitioners 

The 2019 Symposium will highlight the latest strategies in palliative care education, research, and practice. Educators, researchers, and those providing direct care will share their work in paper sessions, poster sessions, workshops, and panels.

This year, poster presentations will have the opportunity to be selected for Meritorious Research awards. The awards will be displayed during the poster reception, one of the highlights of the annual conference.

Registration opens Feb. 26 for the Symposium, which will be held Oct. 11-12 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. For more information, or to register, click here.

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