By Tracy A. Balboni, MD, MPH
Chair-Elect, 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium Program Committee
A key aim of the Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium is not only to feature the latest clinical and research innovations at the intersection of oncology and palliative care, but also to gather diverse clinicians and researchers to cultivate conversation, collaboration, and mentorship. These are the requisite ingredients for the growth of this field and, ultimately, for the advancement of palliative care for patients and families facing a cancer diagnosis.
In light of this goal, the Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium instituted Expert Office Hours for the first time last year: 25-minute one-on-one meetings between leaders in the field of oncology and palliative care and trainees, junior investigators, and others looking for expert guidance in regard to career development, research, or clinical innovation endeavors. Last year’s sessions were booked solid and received terrific reviews as they met a clear need for mentorship. To continue to meet mentorship needs, cultivate relationships, and grow this field, Expert Office Hours will once again be held at the 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium.
This year’s Expert Office Hours will feature 10 leaders in the field of palliative care and oncology with a diversity of backgrounds to meet the disparate mentorship needs of the Symposium’s attendees:
- Dr. Jeannine Brant, nurse-scientist with Billings Clinic in Montana—expertise in pain and symptom management, nursing quality indicators, and cancer outreach education
- Dr. Eduardo Bruera, Chair of the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center—expertise in palliative care research and in developing and leading palliative care programs
- Dr. Ralph Hauke, medical oncologist at Nebraska Cancer Specialists—expertise in clinical research in palliative care and oncology
- Dr. Josh Jones, radiation oncologist at the University of Pennsylvania—expertise in the intersection of palliative care and radiation oncology, including developing integrated palliative oncology programs
- Dr. Effie Petersdorf, medical oncologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center—expertise in palliative care research among patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation
- Dr. Thomas Smith, Director of Palliative Care at Johns Hopkins—research expertise in end-of-life care and management of neuropathic pain, and palliative care leadership experience
- Dr. Jamie Von Roenn, Vice President of Education, Science, and Professional Development Department at ASCO—expertise as a palliative care clinician, researcher, and educator
- Dr. David Warr, 2014-2016 President of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, and oncologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre—expertise in symptom control research and palliative care education
- Dr. Declan Walsh, Trinity College Dublin, a pioneer in the field of palliative medicine—expertise in symptom control research and experience in developing palliative care programs
- Dr. Joanne Wolfe, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute—research expertise in pediatric palliative oncology care
These notable leaders bring remarkable depth and breadth of expertise to the Symposium’s Expert Office Hours, which will take place on Saturday, September 10, 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM. We hope attendees will seize this opportunity to receive career and research guidance and to build mentorship relationships. Sign up today for your Expert Office Hours appointment.
Dr. Balboni is the director of Supportive and Palliative Radiation Oncology Service at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, and associate professor of radiation oncology at Harvard Medical School.