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Friday, July 31 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Town Hall Meeting: Goals of Psychosocial Palliative Care for Patients with Advanced Disease Around the World

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In this Town Hall Plenary session, Cokie Roberts (Journalist, Author, Breast Cancer Survivor) will moderate a discussion with palliative care experts that will cover goals of palliative care through the lifespan, current research that has informed changes in practice, barriers to implementing change, and innovative responses to barriers to change around the globe.  

Speakers for this plenary include Jamie von Roenn, Dr. Stein Kaasa, Joanne Wolfe, Irene  Higginson

Dr. Joanne Wolfe:

Dr. Joanne Wolfe is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Palliative Care in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and the Director of Palliative Care at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), and is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.  She holds an MD degree (1990) from Harvard Medical School and an MPH (1998) from the Harvard School of Public Health.  The Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), the palliative care service which she directs, received a 2001 Citation of Honor from the American Hospital Association’s Circle of Life Awards program for its innovative approach to caring for children with life-threatening illness. 

Dr. Wolfe developed the first interdisciplinary pediatric palliative care fellowship program in North America.  She co-developed the Pediatric Track of the Program for Palliative Care Education and Practice a continuing medical education course offered through the Harvard Center for Palliative Care.  She is also a co-investigator on the EPEC-Pediatrics Project, an on-line and face-to-face curriculum which aims to enhance primary pediatric palliative care knowledge, skills and behaviors among pediatric clinicians and subspecialists. 

Dr Wolfe’s research is focused on easing suffering and promoting wellbeing in children with serious illness and their families. She co-directs an emerging pediatric palliative care research network, “Peppercorn”. Dr Wolfe was the recipient of the 2013 American Cancer Society’s Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award and the 2014 AAHPM Award for Excellence in Scientific Research.

Professor Irene J Higginson OBE: 

Irene Higginson qualified in medicine from Nottingham University and has worked in wide ranging medical and university positions, including radiotherapy and oncology, in-patient and home hospice care, the Department of Health (England), and various universities. She is dual-trained in palliative medicine and public health medicine.  She has developed and validated two outcome measures both freely available and used widely in palliative care: the Support Team Assessment Schedule and the Palliative care Outcome Scale (see www.pos-pal.org). She is Director of the Cicely Saunders Institute, at King’s College London, the world’s first purpose-built Institute of palliative care, integrating research, education, clinical services and support and information. Prof. Higginson is an NIHR Senior Investigator and was in 2013 awarded Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences, for her contribution to the field. She has several active research programmes, leads the MSc, Diploma and Certificate in Palliative Care, supervises several PhD students and is active in teaching.  Prof. Higginson has published over 400 articles in peer-reviewed journals, plus several books; her research interests and publications are in the following areas: quality of life and outcome measurements, evaluation of palliative care especially of new services and interventions, epidemiology, clinical audit, effectiveness, psychosocial care, symptom assessment, breathlessness, cachexia/anorexia, and elderly care. She plays an active role in the clinical service, including on-call.  

Dr. Stein Kaasa:

Dr. Jamie von Roenn: 

Dr. Von Roenn is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and palliative medicine. She was a professor of medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, co-director of the cancer control program at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chicago, Illinois and Director of the Palliative Medicine Fellowship Training Program at Northwestern.  In 2013 she moved to DC and is now at ASCO, as Senior Director of Education, Science and Professional Development. She has been involved in palliative medicine since the 1980s.


Friday July 31, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Liberty Ballroom Meeting Level 4

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