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

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

Proposals for Paper or Poster Presentations due by Feb. 8

SAN DIEGO, CA – January 28, 2019 –  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.

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3rd Annual Doris A. Howell Award Awarded to a Palliative Care Nurse!

Christine KnutsonPalliative Care Nurse, Educator to Receive 3rd annual Doris A. Howell, MD, Award

Institute Honors Christine Knutson, RN, MSN, with Award Named for Palliative Care Pioneer

SAN DIEGO, CA – December 21, 2018 –  A longtime nurse, educator, and advocate who has devoted her career to expanding access to hospice and palliative care for patients and families in San Diego County has been named the 2018 recipient of the CSU Institute for Palliative Care’s Doris A. Howell, MD, Award for Advancing Palliative Care.

Christine B. Knutson, RN, MSN, will be presented with the annual award on Jan. 10 during a ceremony at the Institute’s headquarters at California State University San Marcos. The invitation-only event will also pay tribute to the remarkable life and legacy of Dr. Howell, who died Nov. 23, at the age of 94–just shy of her 95th birthday.

Dr. Howell was a legendary physician in pediatric hematology, oncology and community medicine who pioneered the hospice movement in San Diego, creating an innovative model recognized across the country. In a 2013 article, the then-president of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization called Dr. Howell “an icon in our field.”

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Institute Announces Donald and Darlene Marcos Shiley Scholarship Winners

Apples and BooksPalliative Care Scholarships Awarded to 17 San Diego County Healthcare Professionals

SAN DIEGO, CA – December 3, 2018 –  Scholarships totaling more than $25,000 in online palliative care education were recently awarded by The California State University Institute for Palliative Care to 17 healthcare professionals in San Diego County.

The Donald and Darlene Marcos Shiley Scholarships cover the full cost of tuition in any Institute course and are designed to expand and elevate the delivery of palliative care throughout the San Diego region. Made possible through a generous gift from Darlene Marcos Shiley, the scholarship program is now in its fourth year; scholarships are awarded each November in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

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