Each year, the Symposium brings to you national leaders in palliative care whose work will inspire your work and ignite your research. Read on to learn about this year’s keynote speakers!
Jean S. Kutner MD, MPH/MSPH, FAAHPM, FACP, Chief Medical Officer at the University of Colorado Hospital, and Professor of Medicine at the UC School of Medicine will deliver the opening keynote address. In her address Dr. Kutner will inspire colleagues to expand research as she shares highlights of her work around caregiver burden, symptom distress, quality of life, depression and grief among people with serious advanced illness and their families.
Dr. Kutner is a tenured Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of General Internal Medicine (GIM), Geriatric Medicine, and Health Care Policy and Research in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (UC SOM). Dr. Kutner is Co-Chair of the NIH-funded Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC). She was a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Transforming End of Life Care Committee and is a past-president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).
Emerging Opportunities for Educators
Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD, FACP, FAAHPM, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Hospice & Palliative Medicine, for OhioHealth Kobacker House and Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Palliative Medicine will discuss with Helen McNeal, Executive Director of the CSU Institute for Palliative Care the field of palliative care, its growth, and emerging opportunities for educators and researchers.
Dr. von Gunten’s career as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist spans 26 years. He is a board-certified internal medicine physician, and achieved hospice and palliative medicine certification in 2008. His recognitions include a Pioneer in Palliative Care award awarded by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) in 2014, the Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award by the American Cancer Society in 2012, and numerous other honors and awards. Dr. von Gunten previously served as the provost and vice-president of the Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, a teaching affiliate of the UC San Diego School of Medicine.
Helen McNeal is the Executive Director of the CSU Institute for Palliative Care. Prior to joining the Institute as its founding Executive Director, she was Vice President of San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine. Helen has been instrumental, both in the United States and Canada in helping to advance the field of palliative and end of life care, consulting with both U.S. and Canadian government agencies on palliative care strategies.
Palliative Care for LGBTQ Persons
Brian de Vries, Ph.D., Professor, Gerontology Program, San Francisco State University and Kimberly Acquaviva, Ph.D., MSW, CSE, Associate Professor at the George Washington University School of Nursing will co-present on palliative care and LGBTQ persons, countering stigma and nurturing resilience.
Dr. de Vries is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and past Board member of the American Society on Aging and co-Chair of the LGBT Aging Issues Network constituent group. He served on the Institute of Medicine’s Board on the Health of Select Populations Committee authoring the recently released acclaimed book: The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding. Dr. de Vries has edited five books, authored or co-authored over 90 journal articles, book chapters and professional publications, and has given over 100 presentations to professional audiences on the social and psychological well-being of midlife and older LGBT persons, bereavement, and life stories.
Dr. Acquaviva is nationally known as an innovator and authority on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ) aging and end-of-life issues. She is the former Co-Chair of the American Society on Aging’s LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) and she served as one of four LGBT aging researchers responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and analysis of a national survey of 1200 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender baby boomers and 1,200 of their heterosexual counterparts. Her most recent publication is “LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice,” published by Harrington Park Press and distributed by Columbia University Press.
Policy Climate for Palliative Care
Marian Grant, DNP, Director of Policy and Professional Engagement at the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) in Washington DC, and Steven Pantilat, MD, Professor of Medicine at University of California San Francisco will engage the audience to share and discuss the policy climate for palliative care.
Marian Grant is Director of Policy and Professional Engagement at the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) a nonprofit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C. whose mission is to assure all Americans with advanced illness receive high-quality, person-centered care through consumer education, healthcare delivery system changes, and influencing policy. As Director of Policy and Professional Engagement, Dr. Grant is instrumental in developing and helping implement C-TAC’s policy plan and work on the Community Action Project. Dr. Grant is a nurse practitioner (NP) dually certified in Acute Care and Palliative Care/Hospice and an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. In addition, she continues her clinical work on the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Palliative Care Service.
Dr. Steven Pantilat, is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Pantilat is a palliative care physician and a hospitalist, and is an internationally recognized expert in both hospital medicine and Palliative Care. Along with directing the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center that has train teams from over 200 hospitals across the country on how to establish Palliative Care Services, he consults with hospitals and health systems nationally to help them establish, implement and grow palliative care programs. He is also the Director of the Palliative Care Quality Network, a national collaboration of over 85 Palliative Care teams focused on improving the quality of care for seriously ill people. He is the author of “Life after the Diagnosis: Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers.”
Aid-in-Dying Implications for the Next Generation
Jennifer Ballentine, MA, President, The Iris Project and chair of the San Diego Coalition for Compassionate Care will examine recent efforts to legalize medical aid in dying as a way to explore the intersection of research, policy, practice, and education, and implications for the next generation of palliative care professionals.
Ms. Ballentine served as Vice President for Hospice Analytics, Executive Director of Life Quality Institute, Research Program Strategist for The Denver Hospice, and Director of Professional Programs for the Colorado Center for Hospice and Palliative Care. In addition to her CADC chair position, she is Chair of the San Diego Coalition for Compassionate Care. She has participated in/chaired ethics committees in hospice, hospital, and community-based settings, has presented hundreds of educational seminars, workshops, Grand Rounds, and keynotes at state and national conferences and has published numerous articles and book chapters including one on ethics committees for hospice in Hospice Ethics: Policy and Practice in Palliative Care (Oxford University Press, 2014).
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DATES: September 28 – 29, 2017
ATTENDEES: Faculty From Universities Nationwide
LOCATION: Cal State San Marcos, North San Diego County
TRAVEL AND LODGING DETAILS: Click HERE
COST: $195 Early Bird rate through July 31, 2017
CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS & CME: CEs and AMA/PRA Category 1 Credits will be available, details TBA