Editorial Board

Palliative Medicine and Hospice Care - Open Journal


Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science
University of Florida
College of Nursing
Adult Gerontology Acute Care ARNP Track
Florida 32610-0187, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

• (8/2007- 4/2011) University of Florida, Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Acute Care
• (1/2007-12/2008) University of Florida, Post Masters Certificate as Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
• (1/1995-12/1998) University of Florida, Post Masters Certificate as Family Nurse Practitioner
• (1/1991-5/1993) University of Hawaii at Manoa, Masters in Nursing as Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Critical Care Graduated Magna Cum Laude
• (5/1986-5/1988) University of Florida, Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree-Graduated with High Honors
• (8/1984-5/1986) Saint Petersburg Junior College, St. Petersburg, FL , Associate Degree of Science in Nursing


• (3/13- Present) Clinical Associate Professor University of Florida Acute Care ARNP Faculty
• (07/09-3/13) Clinical Nurse Educator, NF/SG VHS, Education & staff development SICU/CTICU for SICU staff
• (02/05-3/13) Adjunct Clinical Professor, University of Florida, Undergraduate and ARNP courses
• (02/04-Present) Acute Care ARNP, University of Florida, Manage Care of various ICU unit pts at Shands
• (06/99-02/04) Anesthesia ARNP, Shands UFH & P of various pts undergoing anesthesia
• (1997-1999) Heart Transplant Clinical Shands UF, Inpatient/Outpatient care Coordinator- RN pre & post transplant pts
• (01/95-1998) Cardiothoracic ICU RN, Shands UF RN in adult and pediatric open heart surgery ICU
• (1990-1994) Staff ICU RN & St. Francis Med Ctr-West, Combined ICU Unit charge Telemetry Nurse Manager & preceptor then Manager of 20 bed Telemetry Unit
• (1989-1994) Hemodialysis & Tele Nurse, Queens Med Ctr Staff, Charge & Preceptor
• (1986-1989) Telemetry Nurse Alachua General Hospital Staff, Charge & Preceptor

Her research interests include: Palliative Care within the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Units. Her research interests consist of various clinical outcome studies which improve patient outcomes by improving nurse/patient processes and education, with a focus on Acute & Critical Care and Palliative care.


• (2009-Present) Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Instructor- Veterans Health Administration
• (1990-Present) American Association of Critical Care Nurses North Central Florida Chapter, Member, President-Elect President, Past (2012-2013) President, CAT Leader Region 10 2013-2015
• (1990-1994) American Association of Critical Care Nurses-Hawaiian Islands Chapter, Board of Directors & Chairman-Merit Awards and Scholarship
• (June 2009) American Academy of Nurse Practitioners- Member
• (1998-2006) North Central Florida Council of Advanced Practice Nurses-Prior Board of Directors 1998-2006, Prior UF College of Nursing Liaison 2001 to 2006


1. Hartjes T. Ventricular Assist Devices. Mosbys Skills. Elsevier Publishers. 2015.
2. Hartjes T. Kinetic Therapy Using the RotoRest Delta Advanced Kinetic Therapy System. Mosbys Skills. Elsevier Publishers. 2015.
3. Hartjes T. Pulmonary Artery Catheter: Troubleshooting. Mosbys Skills. Elsevier Publishers. 2015.
4. Hartjes T. Endo tracheal Tube: Skin and Oral Care. In Mosbys Skills. Elsevier Publishers. 2015.
5. Hartjes T. Bone Marrow Biopsy and Aspiration: Advanced Practice. Mosbys Skills. Elsevier Publishers. 2015.
6. Hartjes T. Endotracheal Tube Intubation: Advanced Practice. Mosbys Skills. Elsevier Publishers. 2015.
7. Hartjes T. Lumbar Catheter Insertion, Care, and Removal. Mosbys Skills. Elsevier Publishers. 2015.
8. Hartjes T. Needle Thoracostomy: Advanced Practice. Mosbys Skills. Elsevier Publishers. 2015.
9. Hartjes T, Meece L, Horgas A. The Assessment and Management of Pain, Agitation, and Delirium in Older Adults: What are we Missing? American Journal of Nursing. 2015.
10. Hartjes T, Gallen E. Improving Patient Outcomes with an Emergency Department Delirium. Screening Protocol. Annual of Practice in Nursing. 2014; 1(1): 1005.
11. Hartjes T, Meece L, Horgas A. Implementing Palliative Care in the ICU: Providing Patient and Family. Centered Care. Nursing. 2014: Critical Care. 9(4).17-22.
12. Hartjes T. Needle Thoracostomy. Advanced Practice. Mosbys Skills. Elsevier Publishers. 2014.
13. Hartjes T. Central Venous Catheter Insertion: Advanced Practice. Mosbys Skills. Elsevier Publishers. 2014.
14. Hartjes T. Internal Defibrillation. Mosbys Skills. Elsevier Publishers. 2014.
15. Hartjes T. Endotracheal Intubation: Advanced Practice. Mosbys Skills. Elsevier Publishers. 2014.
16. Hartjes T. Chest Tube Insertion: Advanced Practice. Mosbys Skills. Elsevier Publishers. 2014.
17. Hartjes T. Emergent Sternotomy: Advanced Practice. Mosbys Skills. Elsevier Publishers. 2014.
18. Mirel M, Hartjes T. Bringing Palliative Care to the Surgical ICU. Critical Care Nurse journal. 2013; 33(1): 71-74.
19. Gilliam J, Hartjes T. New Practice Guidelines Regarding Mobility of Patients with Left Atrial. Catheters (LAC). NTI Evidenced-Based Abstracts. Critical Care Nurse. 2012; 32: e26-e77
20. Hartjes T. Epidural Catheter Insertion, Management, and Removal. Mosbys Skills. Elsevier Publishers. 2013.
21. Hartjes T. Oxygen Therapy for Patients with an Artificial Airway. Mosbys Skills. Elsevier Publishers. 2013.
22. Hartjes T. Medication Administration: Metered-Dose Inhalers. Mosbys Skills. Elsevier Publishers. 2013.
23. Hartjes T, Gilliam J. New Practice Guidelines Regarding Mobility of Patients with Left Atrial. Catheters (LAC). Critical Care Nurse. 2012; 32: 76-78.
24. Hartjes T. Improving communication using a daily goals. Critical Care Nurse Journal.
25. Hartjes T. Use of AEGs Not Rare. American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC). 2007; 16: 5(428).


1. HartjesT. Case 49: Critically Thinking Endocrine Conditions. In: Burns, SM, Delgado S, eds. 2016.

Ronit Elk, PhD

Research Associate Professor
College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 624
Columbia, SC 29208-4001
United States

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Elk returned to academia at the University of South Carolina, to pursue her passion in health disparities and palliative care. Her current studies focus on developing culturally tailored Palliative Care programs for under represented elders in rural South Carolina, using a community based participatory research. The program will be one of the first in rural USA to use telemedicine to provide palliative care to elders at end of life, using a program that is being developed by the community for the community.
Prior to this position, Dr. Elk served as Director of the Extramural Cancer Control and Prevention Research Program at the American Cancer Society for 10 years, where she developed and directed: (a) Priority Program Focusing on Poor and Medically Underserved Population: During her tenure over 100 studies ($100 million) were funded, there was an increase in studies focusing on solutions to health disparities, as well as a significant increase in funding of minorities underrepresented in science. (b) A Palliative Care Research Initiative developed in partnership with the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC), the first research-focused program for funding in palliative care research in the US.
Dr. Elk has written and edited several books. She is the author (with Dr. Monica Morrow) of “Breast Cancer for Dummies®.”She co-edited (with Dr. Hope Landrine)“Cancer Disparities: Causes and Evidence-Based Solutions, the first book on evidence-based solutions to cancer health care disparities. She is currently co-editing (with Dr. UliBoehmer) “Cancer in the LGBT Community: From Prevention to Survivorship”, the first book to focus on cancer in this underserved population.
Dr. Elk was born in Israel but grew up “in many countries.” As the daughter of the Israeli Ambassador to Turkey, India, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa and others, she moved with her family every few years. As a child she attended 12 schools, often with a different language, culture and philosophy, until graduating from high school in South Africa. She received her Bachelors, Honors, Masters and PhD from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Dr. Elk has lived “joyously” in the United States for twenty-seven years.

Her research interests include: Palliative care in underserved populations, such as minorities, LGBT, and rural populations, Culturally tailored palliative care programs and Collaborative methods with community members in developing palliative care programs.


• (1997) Doctoral Dissertation Award, ZerildaSteyn Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa
• (2011) SIGGIE (Cancer Special Interest Group Award for Leaders in Cancer Research) Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC, April 2011


• (2003-2011) Society of Behavioral Medicine
• (2005-2011) Cancer Special Interest Group Co-Leader and Sponsor, Society of Behavioral Medicine
• (2005-2011) American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS)
• (2014) American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

1. Gillis LS, Elk R. Physical and Mental Incapacity in Elderly White Persons in Cape Town A Community Survey. South African Medical Journal. 1981; 59: 147-149.
2. Gillis LS, Elk R. Reasons for Referral of the Elderly for Psychiatric Hospitalization. South African Medical Journal. 1981; 59: 150-152.
3. Gillis LS, Elk R, Trichard L, et al. The admission of the Elderly to Places of Care A Socio-Psychiatric Community Survey. Psychological Medicine. 1982; 12: 159-168. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0033291700043415
4. Gillis LS, Elk R, Ben-Arie O, Teggin A. The Present State Examination Experiences with Xhosa Speaking Psychiatric Patients. British Journal of Psychiatry. 1982; 141: 143-147. doi: 10.1192/bjp.141.2.143
5. Rottanburg D, Robin AH, Ben-Arie O, Teggin AF, Elk R. Cannabis-associated psychosis and hypomanic features. Lancet. 1982; 2: 1364-1366. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(82)91270-3
6. Swartz L, Elk R, Teggin AF, Gillis LS. Life Events in Xhosas in Cape Town. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 1983; 27: 223-231. doi: 10.1016/0022-3999(83)90026-0
7. Elk R, Swartz L, Gills LS. The Elderly in Cape Town A Psychosocial, Psychiatric and Medical Community Survey. Part I. Introduction and Psychosocial Data. South African Medical Journal. 1983; 64(10): 17-1022.
8. Ben-Arie O, Swartz L, Teggin AF, Elk R. The Elderly in Cape Town A Psychosocial, Psychiatric and Medical Community Survey. Part II. Prevalence of Psychiatric Disorders. South Africa Medical Journal. 1985; 64: 1056-1022.
9. Block S, Peterson T, Scheeper G, Elk R. Caring about Caregivers A study of Child Care Workers in Cape Town. Curationis. 1985; 8: 38-43.
10. Elk R, Nash ES. Hypertension in the Aged Psychosocial and Psychiatric Concomitant, in the Community. South African Medical Journal. 1985; 76: 1046-1049.
11. Teggin AF, Elk R, Ben-Arie O, Gillis LS. A Comparison of CATEGO S Schizophrenia in Three Ethnic Groups Psychiatric Manifestations. British Journal of Psychiatry. 1985; 147: 683-687. doi: 10.1192/bjp.147.6.683
12. Elk R, Dickman BJ, Teggin AF. Depression in schizophrenia a study of prevalence and treatment. British Journal of Psychiatry. 1986; 149: 228-229. doi: 10.1192/bjp.149.2.228
13. Gillis LS, Sandler R, Jakoet A, Elk R. Admissions to a psychiatric hospital. Factors associated with admission and inpatient care. South African Medical Journal. 1986; 70(12): 731-734.
14. Gillis LS, Sandler R, Jakoet A, Elk R. Readmissions to a psychiatric hospital. Outcome on follow-up. South African Medical Journal. 1986; 70(12): 735-739.
15. Gillis LS, Jakoet A, Trollip D, Sandler R, Elk R. The outcome of psychiatric illness. A 2-year follow-up study. South African Medical Journal. 1987; 72(9): 598-602.
16. Grabowski J, Rhoades H, Elk R, Schmitz J, Creson D. Methadone dosage, cocaine and opiate abuse. American Journal of Psychiatry. 1993; 150(4): 675.
17. Rhoades HM, Grabowski J, Elk R, Cowan K. Factor stationarity and invariance of the POMS in cocaine patients. Psychopharmacology Bulletin. 1993; 29(2): 263-267.
18. Grabowski J, Rhoades H, Elk R, Schmitz J, Creson D. Clinicwide and individualized behavioral interventions in drug dependence treatment. NIDA Research Monograph. 1993; 137: 37-72.
19. Elk R, Grabowski J, Rhoades H, McLellan AT. A substance-abuse research-treatment clinic effective procedures and systems. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 1993; 10(5): 459-471.
20. Elk R, Grabowski J, Rhoades H, Spiga R, Schmitz J, Jennings W. Compliance with tuberculosis treatment in methadone-maintained patients Behavioral interventions. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 1993; 10(4): 371-382. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0740-5472(93)90022-T
21. Elk R, Schmitz J, Manfredi L, Rhoades H, Andres R, Grabowski J. Cessation of cocaine use during pregnancy a preliminary comparison. Addictive Behaviors. 1994; 19(6): 697-702. doi: 10.1016/0306-4603(94)90024-8
22. Grabowski J, Rhoades H, Elk R, et al. Fluoxetine is ineffective for treatment of cocaine dependence or concurrent opiate and cocaine dependence two placebo-controlled double-blind trials. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. 1995; 15(3): 163-174.
23. Elk R, Schmitz J, Spiga R, Rhoades H, Andres R, Grabowski J. Behavioral treatment of cocaine-dependent pregnant women and TB-exposed patients. Addictive Behaviors. 1995; 20(4): 533-542. doi: 10.1016/0306-4603(94)00076-B
24. Anderson M, Elk R, Andres RL. Social, ethical and practical aspects of perinatal substance use. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 1997; 14(5): 481-486. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0740-5472(96)00152-3
25. Grabowski J, Arnoni G, Elk R, Rhoades H, Schmitz J. Baseline assessment, study entry, and stabilization double-blind clinical trials in drug dependence. NIDA Research Monograph. 1997; 175: 158-181.
26. Rhoades HM, Creson D, Elk R, Schmitz J, Grabowski J. Retention, HIV risk, and illicit drug use during treatment methadone dose and visit frequency. American Journal of Public Health. 1998; 88(1): 34-39.
27. Elk R, Mangus L, Rhoades H, Andres R, Grabowski J. Cessation of cocaine use during pregnancy effects of contingency management interventions on maintaining abstinence and complying with prenatal care. Addictive Behaviors. 1998; 23(1): 57-64. doi: 10.1016/S0306-4603(97)00020-8
28. Schmitz JM, Rhoades HM, Elk R, Creson D, Hussein I, Grabowski J. Medication take-home doses and contingency management. Exp Clin Psychopharmacology. 1998; 6(2): 162-168. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/1064-1297.6.2.162
29. Spiga R, Day JD 2nd, Schmitz JM, Broitman M, Elk R, Caperton-Brown H. Context modulates effects of nicotine abstinence on human cooperative responding. Exp Clinical Psychopharmacology. 1998; 6(4): 390-398. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/1064-1297.6.4.390
30. Stanger C, Higgins ST, Bickel WK, et al. Behavioral and emotional problems among children of cocaine- and opiate-dependent parents. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 1999; 38(4): 421-428. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/00004583-199904000-00015
31. Rothfleisch J, Elk R, Rhoades H, Schmitz J. Use of monetary reinforcers by cocaine-dependent outpatients. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 1999; 17(3): 229-236. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0740-5472(99)00006-9
32. Grant M, Elk R, Ferrell B, Morrison S, Von Gunten C. Current Status of Palliative Care – Clinical Implementation, Education and Research. CA. Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 2009; 59: 327-335. doi: 10.3322/caac.20032

Karis Kin‐Fong Cheng, RN, PhD, FHKAN

Associate Professor
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore
Level 2, Clinical Research Centre, Block MD11
10 Medical Drive 117597

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Karis Cheng is a Professor of the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies at the National University of Singapore in Singapore. She is an Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Hull in United Kingdom. She has been active in various academic and professional associations and international organizations in the capacity of board of director and committee chair/member. Her research interests include symptom epidemiology and management, and supportive/transitional cancer care, and instrument development and validation.

Her research interests include: Supportive cancer care, symptom epidemiology and management, cancer survivorship, pediatric and geriatric‐oncology, Chronic disease management, Instrument development and validation, and advanced psychometric analysis, Structural equation modeling.


• 2000 Thomas HC Cheung Scholarship for Postgraduate Student, HK Association of University Women
• 1999 Wong Fung Ling Scholarship, United College, CUHK
• 1997 Kwok Ching Tung Scholarship, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK
• 1997 The Bank of East Asia Prize, United College, CUHK
• 1993 Children Cancer Foundation Scholarship

Selected Publications

1. Cheng KKF, Leung SF, Thompson DR, et al. A newmeasure of health‐related quality of life for patients with oropharyngeal mucositis (OMQoL):development and preliminary psychometric evaluation. Cancer. 2007; 109(12): 2590‐2599.
2. Cheng KKF, Lee DTF. Symptom clusters and their effect on the functional status and quality of life of elderly patients with cancer. Critical Reviews in Oncology & Hematology. 2011; 78: 127‐137.
3. Cheng KKF, Chang AM, Yuen MP. Prevention of chemotherapy‐induced oral mucositis in pediatric patients: a randomized crossover trial comparing two protocols of oral care. European Journal of Cancer. 2004; 20: 1208‐1216.
4. Chan CWH, Choi KC, Chien WT, et al. Health‐related quality‐of‐life and psychological distress of young adult survivors of childhood cancer in Hong Kong. Psycho‐Oncology. 2014; 23: 229‐236. doi: 10.1002/pon.3396
5. Cheng KKF, Lee V, Li CH, et al. Incidence and risk factors of oral mucositis in paediatric and Adolescent patients undergoing chemotherapy. Oral Oncology. 2011; 47: 153‐162. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2010.11.019
6. Cheng KKF, Goggins WB, Lee VWS, Thompson DR. Risk factors for oral mucositis in children undergoing chemotherapy: A matched case‐control study. Oral Oncology. 2008; 44: 1019‐1025. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2008.01.003
7. Cheng KKF, Wong EMC, Ling WM, Chan CWH, Thompson DR. Measuring the symptom experience of Chinese cancer patients: A validation of the Chinese Version of the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. 2009; 37(1): 44‐57. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2007.12.019
8. So WKW, Choi KC, Chan DNS, et al. Colorectal cancer testing and associated factors among older Chinese adults. Preventive Medicine. 2011; 54(1): 104‐105. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.09.012
9. Cheng KKF. Oral mucositis: a phenomenological study of pediatric patients and their parents perspectives and experiences. Supportive Care in Cancer. 2009; 17: 829‐837. doi: 10.1007/s00520-009-0618-2
10. Saunders DP, Epstein JB, Elad S, et al. Systematic review of antimicrobials, mucosal coating agents, anesthetics, and analgesics for the management of oral mucositis in cancer patients . Supportive Care in Cancer. 2013; 21: 3191‐3207. doi: 10.1007/s00520-013-1871-y

Joanne Reid, PhD

Lecturer in Cancer Nursing
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Queens University Belfast
Room 06.312, Medical Biology Centre
Block 97, Health Sciences
97 Lisburn Road
Belfast BT9 7BL, UK

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Reid, is a Palliative care researcher has been the Principal investigator on projects which include qualitative studies with patients who have advanced cancer and cachexia and their lay and professional carers, two systematic literature reviews of cachexia, one of which is a Cochrane review, and an RCT of a psycho-educational intervention for cachexia management which is currently in progress.

Her research interests include: Mixed methods research, Cachexia, Patient and carer experience, Non-malignant palliative care.


• Doctoral research fellow-Research and development office of the Department of Health NI, doctoral research fellow (2003-2006)
• Nurse of the Year (Research) Award Recipient -Royal College of Nursing (2006)


• Member of the NI Cancer Research Forum
• Associate Editor for BMC Palliative Care (Impact Factor 1.79)
• Member of the Ireland - Northern Ireland / NCI Consortium
• International Scientific Advisory Panel Member RCN conference (2013)
• Member of the NI patient kidney association
• QUB alternate member of management board All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care
• Review member for the Central commissioning facility RfPB-review
• European Funding Commission - review member
• External Examiner, PGDip in Nursing (Oncology) National University of Ireland, Galway (2011- 2014)
• Marie Curie care funding committee - review member
• Macmillan research fellowships - review member
• Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
• Oncology Nursing Forum review board member (2010-2013)
• Member, NI Ethics Forum
• Member Oncology Nursing Society
• Member, NI Palliative Care Research Society


1. Clare McV, Joanne R, Peter H, et al. The experiences of palliative care health service provision for people with non-malignant respiratory disease and their caregivers: an all-Ireland study. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2014; 70(3): 687. doi: 10.1111/jan.12240
2. Joanne R, Noble HR, Porter S,Shields JS, Maxwell AP. A literature review of end-stage renal disease and cachexia : Understanding experience to inform evidence-based healthcare. Journal of Renal Care. 2013; 39(1): 47-51. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-6686.2013.00341.x
3. Joanne R, David S, Olinda S, et al. Evaluation of a Psychoeducational intervention for patients with Advanced Cancer who have Cachexia and their lay Carers (EPACaCC): study protocol. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2013. doi: 10.1111/jan.12268
4. Una StL, Ann B,Joanne R,et al. Moral distress in end-of-life care in the intensive care unit: Research Protocol. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2013; 69(8): 1869-1880.
5. Joanne R, Samue lP. Refractory cachexia and truth-telling about terminal prognosis; A qualitative study. European Journal of Cancer Care. 2013; 22(3): 326-333. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12032
6. Joanne R, Carmel H, Liam M, Carole P, Marie C. Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs for the treatment of cancer cachexia: A systematic review. Palliative Medicine. 2013; 27(4): 295-303. doi: 10.1177/0269216312441382
7. Clare McV, Joanne R, Peter H, et al. The experiences of palliative care health service provision for people with non-malignant respiratory disease and their caregivers: an all-Ireland study. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2013. doi: 10.1177/0269216314532748
8. Claire M, Samuel P, Joanne R. Healthcare professionals response to cachexia in advanced cancer: A qualitative study. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2013; 40(6): E393-E402. doi: 10.1188/13.ONF.E393-E402
9. Samuel P, Joanne R, Peter H, Clare McV. Palliative care provision for those with non-malignant respiratory disease: a literature review. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care. 2012; 2(1): 6-7. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2012-000196.17
10. Joanne R, Moyra M, Marie C, et al. Thalidomide for managing cancer cachexia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.2012; 4(1): 34.
11. Samuel P, Clare M, Joanne R. Cancer Cachexia Care: The Contribution of Qualitative Research to Evidence-Based Practice. Cancer Nursing. 2012; 35(6): E30-E38. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0b013e31823d52b7
12. Joanne R, Samuel P. Utility, Caller, and Patient Profile of a Novel Chemotherapy Telephone Helpline Service Within a Regional Cancer Centre in Northern Ireland. Cancer Nursing. 2011; 34(3): E27-E32. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0b013e318204c53c
13. Joanne R, McKenna HP, Fitzsimons D, McCance TV. An exploration of the experience of cancer cachexia: What patients and their families want from health care professionals. European Journal of Cancer Care. 2010; 19(5): 682-689. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2009.01124.x
14. Joanne R, Michael D, MarieC, et al. Thalidomide for managing cancer cachexia (Protocol). Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online). 2010; 9.
15. Joanne R. Qualitative research and the take-up of evidence-based practice. Journal of Research in Nursing. 2010; 15(6): 545-546.
16. Joanne R. Fighting over food: Patient and family understanding of cancer cachexia. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2009; 36(4(4)): 439-445. doi: 10.1188/09.ONF.439-445
17. Joanne R. Conducting qualitative research with advanced cancer patients and their families: ethical considerations. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 2009; 15(1): 30-33. doi: 10.12968/ijpn.2009.15.1.37950
18. Joanne R. Emaciated but not unloved. Cancer world. 2009; 29: 48-52.
19. Claire M, Joanne R, Samuel P. The challenges of managing cachexia in advanced cancer. Cancer Nursing Practice. 2009; 8(4): 24-27.
20. Joanne R, McKenna HP, Fitzsimons D, McCance TV. The experience of cancer cachexia: A qualitative study of advanced cancer patients and their family members. International Journal of Nursing Studies.2009; 46(5): 606-616. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2008.10.012
21. Joanne R. Cancer cachexia (Part 1). Haematology Association of Ireland. 2009; 4: 6-8.
22. Joanne R. Cancer Cachexia (Part 2). Haematology Association of Ireland. 2009; 10: 11-13.
23. Joanne R, McKenna HP, Donna F, Tanya Mc. Living with cancer cachexia: exploring the perspectives of patients and their significant others. Palliative Medicine. 2008; 22(4): 595-596.
24. Reid J, Scott D, Porter S. Challenges in palliative care research: experience from a randomized controlled trial in refractory cancer cachexia. Palliat Med Hosp Care Open J. 2015; 1(2): e1-e3. doi: 10.17140/PMHCOJ-1-e001

Kavita V. Dharmarajan, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology and Palliative Medicine
Mount Sinai Medical Center
1184 Fifth Ave, Box 1236
New York, NY 10029, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Dharmarajan is a board-certified radiation oncologist with specialized expertise in radiotherapy for palliation in advanced cancer. Dr. Dharmarajan received her medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Master of Science degree in social health policy from the London School of Economics. She completed her internship in pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children followed by her residency in radiation oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Dharmarajan has published several peer-reviewed articles and conducted an Institutional Review Board-approved prospective research study examining patient decision-making in advanced cancer patients considering palliative radiotherapy. Her research has been funded by an award from the American Medical Association Foundation Seed Grant Award. Dr. Dharmarajan has presented her findings at national meetings and has received several awards for her work including the Research and Education Foundation Award for Outstanding ASTRO Presentation from the American Association of Women Radiologists, an ASTRO Scientific Abstract Award, and the RSNA Roentgen Resident Research Award.

Her research interests include: Integration of radiotherapy into a multidisciplinary treatment approach for patients living with advanced malignancies. In addition to palliative treatments, she is also specialist in radiation for Skin Malignancies, Lymphoma, Myeloma, and Pediatric Malignancies.


• (2013) Roentgen Research Award, Radiological Society of North America
• (2012) American Medical Association Foundation Seed Grant for Outstanding Young Investigators
• (2012) American College of Radiation Oncology Global Radiation Oncology Workforce Scholarship
• (2012) American Association for Women Radiologists Research & Education Foundation Award for Outstanding ASTRO Presentation in Radiation Oncology
• (2012) Clinical Trials & Innovation in Care Session Abstract Presentation, American Society for Radiation Oncology
• (2012) National Comprehensive Cancer Network Fellows Recognition Program
• (2011) ASTRO Annual Meeting Scientific Abstract Award, American Society for Radiation Oncology
• (2002) Phi Beta Kappa, UT Austin
• (2001) National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Education Grantee, UT Austin
• (2000) Morgan-Good Research Fellowship Award, UT Southwestern Medical Center
• (2000) Best Poster Award, UT Southwestern Medical Center
• (2000) Third Place, Best Abstract, Medical School Research Forum, UT Southwestern Medical Center
• (2000) National Collegiate Scholars, University of Texas at Austin
• (1999-2002) University Honors, University of Texas at Austin
• (1998) Girl Scouts of America Gold Award


• (2013-present) American Society of Clinical Oncology
• (2012-present) American College of Radiation Oncology
• (2011-2013) American Medical Association, Resident/Fellow Section
• (2010-present) American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
• (2010-present) New York Roentgen Society Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology
• (2010-present) American Association for Woman Radiologists
• (2009-present) Radiological Society of North America
• (2007-2009) American Academy of Pediatrics

Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts

1. Illidge T, Specht L, Yahalom J, et al. Modern radiation therapy for nodal non-Hodgkin lymphoma-target definition and dose guidelines from the International Lymphoma Radiation Oncology Group. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014; 89(1): 49-58. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2014.01.006
2. Yang JC, Dharmarajan KV, Wexler LH, La Quaglia MP, Happersett L, Wolden SL. Intensity- modulated radiation therapy with dose painting to treat rhabdomyosarcoma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2012; 84(3): e371-e377. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2012.04.022
3. Dharmarajan KV, Wexler LH, Wolden SL. Concurrent radiation with irinotecan and carboplatin in intermediate- and high-risk rhabdomyosarcoma: A report on toxicity and efficacy from a prospective pilot phase II study. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2013; 60(2): 242-247. doi: 10.1002/pbc.24205
4. Dharmarajan KV, Wexler LH, Gavane S, et al. Positron emission tomography (PET) evaluation after initial chemotherapy and radiation therapy predicts local control in rhabdomyosarcoma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2012; 84(4): 996-1002. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2012.01.077

Deborah Mazhindu, DPhil, BA (Hons) RNT, DPSN, ENB 998, RN, EN

Reader in Clinical Practice Innovation
Faculty of Society & Health
Buckinghamshire New University & Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
106 Oxford Road, Uxbridge
Middlesex UB8 1NA, UK

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Dr. Mazhindu is Reader in Clinical Practice Innovation at Buckinghamshire New University, Faculty of Society & Health & Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Dr. Mazhindu is a nurse, an academic leader, teacher and researcher. Debbie is registered with the United Kingdom Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified General Nurse, (Adult) levels 1 & 2, as a Registered Practice Educator and a Registered Nurse Tutor. Dr. Mazhindu has over sixteen years clinical experience in: Intensive Therapy and Coronary Care, Accident & Emergency, Medical and Surgical and Care of Older People. Debbie is Consultant Editor for Nursing Management: RCN Publishing responsible for quality and content and is Deputy Director of The Institute of Research in Nursing (IRN) at Bucks New University: http://bucks.ac.uk/research/research_institutes/irn/
Dr. Mazhindu is co-author of Scott I. & Mazhindu D. (2014) Second Edition, Statistics for Health Care Professionals: An introduction published by Sage, London; (First published in 2005) and has over 22 years experience, teaching, researching and working in Senior Management and strategic levels, within six different universities in the UK and abroad. Debbies teaching experience includes: Programme Leadership and Senior Management roles that extends across nursing, midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), and across multi-professional boundaries including undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral level. Debbie has supervised successfully and externally examined PhD students, and Professional Doctorate (PD) students. Debbie has Professional Doctorate Programme Director experience and Programme Directorship for MA & MSc students with a wide range of national and international Doctoral, M level and 1st Degree students. Debbies special research interests are in End of Life Care for Older People with Dementia, Care of Vulnerable Older Adults, especially Dignity in Care for Older People with Dementia and their Families, Emotional labour in Service Delivery, Ethics and Professional Issues. Debbie has special interest in Critical Hermeneutics (Habermas) and her research skills are in Qualitative Methods, especially co-participatory, emancipatory Action Research, Social Constructionism and Glasarian Grounded Theory.

Her research interests include: End of Life Care for Older People with Dementia, Care of Vulnerable Older Adults, especially Dignity in Care for Older People with Dementia and their Families, Emotional labour in Service Delivery, Ethics and Professional Issues.


• Member of Bucks New University Professoriate
• Member of Bucks New University Communications Group
• Full Scholar Member of International Institute of Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) Canada
• (2013-present) Member of the Oxford Academic Health Sciences Network (AHSN)
• (2013-present) Member of London Higher Education Access forum for Higher Education England (HEE)
• (2006-2010) Reviewer for Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Annual International Nursing Research Society Conference
• (2008-Present) Full Member of the International Society for Research on Emotions (ISRE)
• (2008-present) Member of UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) (Professional Doctorate
• (2000-present) Founder Member of the Emotions Network UK (EMNET) research group UK
• (2014) Founder Member of the BNU Centre for Integrated Care
• (2014) Subscriber to the Council of Deans for Health UK
• (2012-present) Monitor, Reviewer & Facilitator For BNU Research Challenge Fund
• (2013-present) Founder Member of the BNU S & H monthly writing support workshops
• (2013-present) Member of BNU Ethics Committee & working Ethics sub groups
• (2013-present) Member of BNU Research Degrees Committee (RDC) & alternate member for BNU Research Committee (URC)
• (2013-present) BNU Research Doctoral Student Annual Monitoring Reviews
• (2014) Facilitator for Doctoral Research Support Group Imperial College Health Care NHS Trust
• (2012-present) Member of Evidence Based Practice Group for Imperial College Health Care NHS Trust
• (2012-present) Member of Nursing & Midwifery Professional Practice Group Imperial College Health Care NHS Trust
• (2012-present) Member of Nursing & Midwifery Research & Education Group, Imperial College Health Care NHS Trust
• (2013-present) Founder Member of Allied Health Professionals, Nurses, Midwives & Pharmacists Research Board at Imperial College Health Care NHS Trust
• (2014) Member of the Post Graduate Clinical Academic Training Committee (PG CAT) Faculty of Medicine, at Imperial College Health Care NHS Trust


• (March 1997) ENB Research Bursary Award of £1500:00
• (April 1994) ENB Research Bursary Award of £1000:00

1. Scott I, Mazhindu DM. Statistics for Health Care Professionals: An Introduction. 2nd Edition. Sage Publications. London. 2013.
2. Gandy R, McClelland B, Ashton S, et al. Economic appraisal of an end-of-life care training initiative for care homes with dementia patients. Journal of Care Services Management. 2010; 4(4): 321-330.
3. Ashton S, McClelland RJ, Roe B, Mazhindu D, Gandy R. End of Life Care for people with dementia: An evaluation of the implementation of the GSF and LCP. Palliative Medicine. 2010; 24: 202-252.
4. Ashton S, McClelland B, Roe B, Mazhindu D, Gandy R. An end-of-life care initiative for people with dementia. European Journal of Palliative Care. 2009; 16(5): 240-243.
5. McClelland B, Roe B, Mazhindu D, Ashton S, Gandy R. The Implementation of the Gold Standards Framework within Five Care Settings in Greater Manchester evaluation report 2008 executive summary. Project Report Liverpool John Moores University. 2008.
6. McClelland R, Mazhindu DM, Ashton S, Gandy R, Roe B. An evaluation to determine the impacts of introducing the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) and Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) to staff, patients/residents, family caregivers and practitioners involved in the care of older people with dementia in Greater Manchester care settings. 2009.
direct link to the report: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/BLW/BLW_Facultytopleveldocs/EoL_Report.pdf.
7. Mazhindu DM. Making My Mark: Ideal Nurses & The Emotional Labour of Nursing. Nurse Researcher. 2009; 16(2): 91-94.
8. Ashton S, McClelland R, Mazhindu DM, Roe B, Gandy R. End of Life Care for People with Dementia in Long Term Care Settings. Royal College Nursing ‘Ageing Matters’ Forum for Nurses Working with Older People and Mental Health and Old People Forum. 2009. http://www.rcn.org.uk/olderpeople
9. Mazhindu DM. Leaders at Liverpool. Nursing Standard. 2008; 22(24): 70-71.
10. Mazhindu DM. Using Grounded Theory to Research Emotions at Work. International Journal of Work, Organization & Emotion. 2007; 2(1): 88-106.
11. Scott I, Mazhindu DM. Statistics for Health Care Professionals: An Introduction. 1st Edition. Sage Publications. London. 2005.
12. Mazhindu DM. Ideal Nurses: The Social Construction of Emotional Labour. European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling & Health. 2003; 6(3): 242-262. doi: 10.1080/0967026042000269647
13. Mazhindu DM, Brownsell M. Piecemeal Policy May Stop Nurse Prescribers Fulfilling their Potential. The British Journal of Community Nursing. 2003; 8(6): 253-255.
14. Mazhindu DM. Emotional Healing. Nursing Times. 1998; 4(6): 26-28.
15. Wallace DM. Using Reflective Diaries to Assess Students. Nursing Standard. 1996; 10(36): 44-47.
16. Wallace DM. Experiential Learning & Critical Thinking in Nursing. Nursing Standard. 1996; 10(31): 43-47.

Matra Robertson, PhD, MSW

Clinical Senior Lecturer
Sydney Medical School Northern
University of Sydney
NSW 2006, Australia

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Dr. Robertson is a Clinical Senior Lecturer, Sydney Medical School Northern. She was awarded the Ogilvie Palliative Care Bequest (2008), from the University of Sydney for excellence in Palliative Care research; the Excellence Award for Clinical Research St Vincents Clinic Foundation, St Vincents Hospital (2010). She conducts research into the social, spiritual and existential factors of end of life care. Her academic papers relate to the experiences of people living with life limiting illnesses and those caring for them. Her work is currently Selected Reading on the Assessment and Management of Pain in Older People by the Centre for Policy and Ageing, the United Kingdom Government.
Dr. Robertson regularly presents at international conferences for example at the 10th International Conference on Grief & Bereavement in Contemporary Society, Hong Kong 2014; 20th Hospice New Zealand Palliative Care Conference, Auckland, New Zealand 2012; 18th International Congress on Palliative Care, Montreal, Canada in 2010; the 9th International Conference on The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal at the University of Durham, United Kingdom 2009.
Dr. Robertson was made a Life Member of the United States of America, Social Work and Hospice and Palliative Care Network; promoting excellence and collaborations in end of life care.

Her research interests include: Experiences of Hope and hopelessness in end of life care, Experiences of Caring for those with a life limiting illness, Qualitative research methodology, Bereavement and grief.


• Highly Commended for clinical Research-Allied Health, by the St Vincents Clinic Foundation, St Vincents Hospital, 2010
• University of Sydney Postgraduate Award, 2009
• Ogilvie Palliative Care Bequest, University of Sydney, 2008


1. Robertson M. Listening: A psychosocial intervention in an end of life case of trauma and emotion in a residential care facility. Journal of Social Work in End-Of-Life and Palliative Care. Routledge. 2008. doi: 10.1080/15524250902822374
2. Robertson, M. Suicidal ideation in the Palliative Care Patient: Considerations for Health Care Practise. Australian Social Work. The Journal of the Australian Association of Social Workers. 2008; 61(2): 150-167. doi: 10.1080/03124070801998426

Egidio G. Del Fabbro, MD

Director of Palliative Care Program
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology and Palliative Care
Virginia Commonwealth University
1101 East Marshall Street
Box 980230 Sanger Hall 6030 Richmond
VA 23298-0230, USA

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Egidio Del Fabbro, MD, is the Program Director of Palliative Care at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center. Dr. Del also serves as an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine within the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care of the Department of Internal Medicine at the VCU School of Medicine. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts and book chapters related to Palliative Care. He has received funding from the American Cancer Society to explore the effect of testosterone replacement in male patients with advanced cancer. He is also Editor of the Oxford University textbook Nutrition and the Cancer Patient.
Dr. Del Fabbro received his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1990. In 1998, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis.
He completed a fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation and was director of the Cachexia clinic at MD Anderson from 2005 to 2012.

His clinical research is focused on therapeutic interventions for symptoms such as poor appetite and cancer-related fatigue.


2008-present Member, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
2008-present Member, Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC)
4/2008-present Member, American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)
4/2008-present Member, American College of Physicians
2008-2012 Member, Harris County Medical Association Houston, TX
2006 Member, Texas Medical Association



2013-Present LEAD focus group member, Leadership Development Program, American
2013-Present Core Advisor, Advance Care Planning Richmond Academy of Medicine Richmond, VA
2013 Member, Virginia Commonwealth University Joint Delirium & Safe Mobility Group Richmond, VA
2012-Present Co-chair, Virginia Commonwealth University Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care and Hospice Committee Richmond, VA
2012 – Present Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center Division Leadership Council Richmond, VA
2012-Present Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center Clinical Oncology Services Executive Committee Richmond, VA
2012-Present Member, Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, Symptom Intervention Committee
6/2012-Present Member, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) Steering Committee
2012-2013 Member, Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) for Kangliate trial : Efficacy and Safety of oral Kangliate (KLTc) Gelcap in Men with Prostate Cancer
2012 Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center Clinical Trial Concept Review Committee Richmond, VA
2010-2012 Member, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) Research Committee, Glenview, IL
2010 Consultant, GlaxoSmithKline Houston, TX
2008-2011 Appointed to American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine AAHPM Leadership Education and Academic Development Program (LEAD)
2007-2012 Member, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Clinical Research
2007-2008 Member, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Palliative Care Promotion Committee Houston, TX
2007 – 2008 Member, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Palliative Car Promotion Committee Houston, TX

Research Publications, peer reviewed (print or other media)

Original Research Articles

1.Dalal S, Del FE, Bruera E. Symptom control in palliative care Part I: oncology as a paradigmatic example. J Palliat Med. 2006; 9(2): 391-408.
2.Del FE, Dalal S, Bruera E. Symptom control in palliative care Part II: cachexia/anorexia and fatigue. J Palliat Med. 2006; 9(2): 409-421. doi:
3. Del FE, Dalal S, Bruera E. Symptom control in palliative care Part III: dyspnea and delirium. J Palliat Med. 2006; 9(2): 422-436. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2006.9.422
4. Del FE, Reddy SG, Walker P, Bruera E. Palliative sedation when the family and consulting service see no alternative. J Palliat Med. 2007; 10(2): 488-492.
5. Dev R, Del FE, Bruera E. Association between megestrol acetate treatment and symptomatic adrenal insufficiency with hypogonadism in male patients with cancer. Cancer. 2007; 110(6): 1173-1177.
6. Dhillon N, Kopetz S, Pei BL, Fabbro ED, Zhang T, Bruera E. Clinical findings of a palliative care consultation team at a comprehensive cancer center. J Palliat Med. 2008; 11(2): 191-197. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2007.0094.
7. Fadul N, Elsayem A, Palmer JL, et al. Supportive versus palliative care: whats in a name: a survey of medical oncologists and midlevel providers at a comprehensive cancer center. Cancer. 2009; 115(9): 2013-2021. doi: 10.1002/cncr.24206
8. Dalal S, Del FE, Bruera E. Is there a role for hydration at the end of life. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2009; 3(1): 72-78. doi: 10.1097/SPC.0b013e32832531a5
9. Del FE, Hui D, Nooruddin ZI, et al. Associations among hypogonadism, C-reactive protein, symptom burden, and survival in male cancer patients with cachexia: a preliminary report. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2010; 39(6): 1016-1024. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2009.09.021
10. Dev R, Hui D, Dalal S, et al. Association between serum cortisol and testosterone levels, opioid therapy, and symptom distress in patients with advanced cancer. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2011; 41(4): 788-795. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2010.06.021
11. Dev R, Del FE, Bruera E. Patient-controlled analgesia in patients with advanced cancer. Should patients be in control? J Pain Symptom Manage. 2011; 42(2): 296-300. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2010.11.020
12. Dev R, Parsons HA, Palla S, Palmer JL, Del FE, Bruera E. Undocumented alcoholism and its correlation with tobacco and illegal drug use in advanced cancer patients. Cancer. 2011; 117(19): 4551-4556. doi: 10.1002/cncr.26082
13. Del FE, Hui D, Dalal S, Dev R, Nooruddin ZI, Bruera E. Clinical outcomes and contributors to weight loss in a cancer cachexia clinic. J Palliat Med. 2011; 14(9): 1004-1008. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2011.0098
14. Dev R, Del FE, Schwartz GG, et al. Preliminary report: vitamin D deficiency in advanced cancer patients with symptoms of fatigue or anorexia. Oncologist. 2011; 16(11): 1637-16341. doi: 10.1634/theoncologist.2011-0151
15. Hui D, Kilgore K, Nguyen L,et al. The accuracy of probabilistic versus temporal clinician prediction of survival for patients with advanced cancer: a preliminary report. Oncologist. 2011; 16(11): 1642-1648. doi: 10.1634/theoncologist.2011-0173
16. Hui D, Kilgore K, Fellman B, et al. Development and cross-validation of the in-hospital mortality prediction in advanced cancer patients score: a preliminary study. J Palliat Med. 2012; 15(8): 902-909. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2011.0437
17. Dalal S, Hui D, Bidaut L, et al. Relationships among body mass index, longitudinal body composition alterations, and survival in patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer receiving chemoradiation: a pilot study. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2012; 44(2): 181-191. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2011.09.010
18. Yennurajalingam S, Willey JS, Palmer JL, et al. The role of thalidomide and placebo for the treatment of cancer-related anorexia cachexia symptoms: results of a double blind placebo controlled randomized study. J Palliat Med. 2012; 15(10): 1059-1064. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2012.0146
19. Dev R, Del FE, Miles M, Vala A, Hui D, Bruera E. Growth of an academic palliative medicine program: patient encounters and clinical burden. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013; 45(2): 261-271. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2012.02.015
20. Del FE, Dev R, Cabanillas ME, et al. Extreme hypothyroidism associated with sunitinib treatment for metastatic renal cancer. J Chemother. 2012; 24(4): 221-225. doi: 10.1179/1973947812Y.0000000022
21. Vigano A, Del FE, Bruera E, Borod M. The cachexia clinic: from staging to managing nutritional and functional problems in advanced cancer patients. Crit Rev Oncog. 2012; 17(3): 293-303.
22. Del FE, Parsons H, Warneke CL, et al. The relationship between body composition and response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in women with operable breast cancer. Oncologist. 2012; 17(10): 1240-1245. doi: 10.1634/theoncologist.2012-0169
23. Del FE, Dev R, Hui D, Palmer L, Bruera E. Effects of melatonin on appetite and other symptoms in patients with advanced cancer and cachexia: a double-blind placebo controlled trial. J Clin Oncol. 2013; 31(10): 1271-1276. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2012.43.6766
24. Del FE, Garcia JM, Dev R, et al. Testosterone replacement for fatigue in hypogonadal ambulatory males with advanced cancer: a preliminary double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Support Care Cancer. 2013; 21(9): 2599-2607. doi: 10.1007/s00520-013-1832-5.
25. Dev R, Coulson L, Del FE, et al. A Prospective Study of Family Conferences: Effects of Patient Presence on Emotional Expression and End-of-life Discussions. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013; 46(4): 536-545. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2012.10.280
26. Garcia JM, Jatoi A, Del FE. The potential of ghrelin in cancer anorexia-cachexia. Eur Oncol Haematol. 2013; 9(2): 77-83.
27. Del FE. Assessment and management of chemical coping in cancer patients. J Clin Oncol. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2013.52.5170
28. Jennings C, Cassel JB, Fletcher DM, et al. Response to pain management among patients with active cancer, no evidence of disease, or chronic malignant pain in an outpatient palliative care clinic. J Palliat Med. 2013.
29. Dev R, Del FE, Bruera E. Outcomes of novel trials for cancer cachexia. Clin Invest. 2013.
30. Dev R, Hui D, Del FE, DelgadoGuay MO, Dalal S, Bruera E. The association among hypogonadism, symptom burden, and survival in male patients with advanced cancer. Cancer. 2013. doi: 10.1002/cncr.28619
31. Dev R, Bruera E, Del FE. When and When Not to Use Testosterone for Palliation in Cancer Care. Current Oncology Reports. 2014. doi: 10.1007/s11912-014-0378-0

Michael Silbermann, PhD

Executive Director
Middle East Cancer Consortium
P.O. Box 7495
Haifa 31074, Israel

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Professor Michael Silbermann (D.M.D) PhD and certified specialist in oral and maxilla-facial surgery served for over 20 years as the Head of the Laboratory for Musculoskeletal Research.
He then served as the Chairman of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Faculty of Medicine; Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Technion; Chief Scientist, Ministry of Health; Chairman of the Board of Governors, the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation; Member of the Committee for the Promotion of Infrastructure in Biomedical Research, Ministry of Science, State of Israel; Member of the Foulkes Foundation (United Kingdom) Committee for Doctoral Fellowships; The Isreal Academy of Sciences and Humanities; Member of the National Committee for Ethics in Science and Intellectual Property, Israel; Executive Director, the Middle East Cancer Consortium since its establishment in 1996; First Representative of the State of Israel in the European Commission in the Program Committee of Bio-Medical Research; EU, Brussels; Chairman, National Committee for Examining Academic Specialty Training in Health, Social and Education Professionals, The Council for Higher Education, State of Israel; Excellence in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, The Finnish Academy of Sciences, Helsinki, Finland.

His research interests include end-of-life, survivorship research, quality of life (QoL) and the delivery of palliative care.

Prof. Michael Silbermann has gained international reputation through multinational research projects related to and cartilage development, metabolism, senescence. These have been funded by Israel, U.S and German research agencies: Israel National Council for Research and Development, Ministry of Science; Chief Scientist Office in the Ministry of Health and Commerce and Industry; NIH; USAID (MERC), and BSF in the United States; BMBF, GBF in Germany. Large financial support was also obtained from industries: Laser Industries, Israel; Teva Pharmaceutical Industry, Israel; General Biotechnologies, Israel; Diagnostic Technologies, USA; Nordisc Gentofte, Denmark; Surgical Biopolymer Materials, France; Medical Bracing Systems, Israel. He has been awarded three European Commission Grants, #70786, #71329 and #71395, and research fellowship grants by the American Association of Dental Research, The Fogarty Foundation (Bethesda, MD), EMBO, Max Planck Society, and Japan Society for the promotion of sciences. He has undertaken a number of senior national and international administrative duties especially in the field of biomedical research.

1. Al-Zadjali M, Silbermann M. The Fight against the “Human Disaster” of Cancer in the Middle Eastern Countries. Palliat Med Hosp Care Open J. 2014; 1(1): 4-7. 10.17140/PMHCOJ-1-102

Antonio Rozzi, MD

Medical Oncology Unit
Institute Neurotraumatologico Italian Grottaferrata (Rome)

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1998: Graduated cum Laude in 1998 at University of Rome “ Sapienza”. From November 1998 to November 2002: fellowship training in Medical Oncology at Experimental Medicine Department of University of Rome “Sapienza”. November 2002: Graduated cum Laude in Medical Oncology (II° School of Clinical Oncology of University of Rome “Sapienza”). From 1998 to 2002 actively involved in a regional home-care programme for terminally-ill cancer patients. From 2002 consultant oncologist at Clinical Oncology Unit of Istituto Neurotraumatologico Italiano of Grottaferrata (Rome). From 2010 this unit was chosen by European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) as designated center of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care. Author or Co-author of 23 articles published in national and international medical journals. Author or Co-author of 47 abstracts presented at national and international conferences.

His research interests include: Medical treatment of Solid Tumors, Palliative Care Services and Supportive Care in Oncology.

Dr. Rozzi was Invited speaker in several national conferences and courses. From 2011 invited teacher at School of Nursing of University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. From 2012 he served as the Editorial Board Member of “Journal of Palliative Care and Medicine”. From September 2013 member of Editorial Board of “American Journal of Nursing Research”, “Journal of Cancer Research and Treatment”, “Cancer Studies: Open Access”, “Palliative Medicine and Nursing: Open Access”.

1.Bianco V , Rozzi A, Terenzi S, et al. The prognostic factors in cancer patients with the disease in an advanced phase. Minerva Medica. 1999; 90(7/8): 242-244.
2.Longo F, Mansueto G, Poggi A, et al. Marchei Acute arterial thrombosis in a patient with small cell lung cancer after a cycle of chemotherapy with cisplatin and etoposide. Tumori. 1999; 85: n3.
3.Bianco V, Rozzi A, Girolamo BG, et al. GianniLa medical treatment of pain in Oncology Chapter 16 dellOpera Paul Marchei entitled. Medicina Oncologica. 2000.
4.Bianco V, Rozzi A, Gemma D, et al. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy in locally advanced gastric cancer.Minerva Medica. 2001; 92(1(4)): 1-6.
5.Bianco V, Rozzi A, Gemma D, et al. Role of chemotherapy in colorectal neoplasms dellanziano.Minerva Medica. 2002; 93 (1(4)): 87-99.
6.Rozzi A, Salerno M, Gemma D, et al. Volunteer and home care of the cancer patient terminal. Minerva Medica. 2002; 93(4): 127-130.
7.Bianco V, Rozzi A, Tonini G, et al. Gemcitabine as single agent chemotherapy in elderly patients with stages III-IV Non Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) a phase II study. Anticancer Research. 2002; 22: 3053-3056.
8.Lanzetta G, Campanella C, Rozzi A, et al. Temozolomide in radio-chemotherapy combined treatment for newly-diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme phase II clinical trial. Anticancer Research. 2003; 23: 5159-5164.
9.Rozzi A, Nardoni C, Lanzetta G. Second-line chemotherapy with weekly docetaxel in elderly patients with non-small cell lung cancer (CPNAPC) preliminary results of a phase II study.Scenari rivista di oncologia pratica e sperimentale. 2005; 4(5): 75-78.
10. Rozzi A, Lanzetta G, Bove F, et al. Chemotherapy in bone metastases.Realta Medica. 2000; 3: 51-54.
11.Costa AM,Lanzetta G,Rozzi A,et al. Role of radiotherapy fractionation of the dose in the treatment of bone metastases. Realta Medica. 2000; 352-55.
12.Lanzetta G, Rozzi A, Nardoni C, et al. Oncology rehabilitation goals and objectives.Realta Medica. 2000; 4: 7-22.
13.Rozzi A, Nardoni C, Corona M, et al. Palonosetron for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in glioblastoma patients treated with temozolomide a phase II study. Support Care Cancer. 2010. doi: 10.1007/s00520-010-0893-y
14.Rozzi A, Nardoni C, Corona M,et al. Weekly regimen of paclitaxel and carboplatin as first-line chemotherapy in elderly patients with stage IIIB-IV non- small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) results of a phase II study.J Chemother. 2010; 22(6): 419-423.
15.Rozzi A, Bordin F, Scirocchi R, et al. Prevalence and intensity of pain in terminally-ill cancer patients at admission in palliative care center a mono-institutional descriptive analysis. Recenti Progr Med. 2011; 102: 114-116.
16. Rozzi A, Salerno M, Bordin F, et al. Weekly regimen of epirubicin and paclitaxel as second-line chemotherapy in patients with metastatic transitional cell carcinoma of the urothelial tract results of a phase II study. Med Oncol. 2011; 28(Supp 1): S426-S432. doi: 10.1007/s12032-010-9749-z
17. Rozzi A, Scirocchi R, Fava A, et al. Pain assessment in terminally-ill cancer patients on admission in hospice and its modification after the first three days of care. A moncentric experience. Clin Ter. 2011; 162(5): 413-417.
18. Rozzi A, Salerno M. Bulding a simple way of knowledge in palliative care. Journal of Palliative care and Medicine. 2012. doi: 10.4172/2165-7386.1000e110
19. Bossi P, Kornek G, Lanzetta G, et al. Safety and feasibility of every-other-week maintenance cetuximab after first-line chemotherapy in patients with recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell cancer. Head Neck. 2012. doi: 10.1002/hed.23170
20. Rozzi AM. Palliative radiotherapy for terminally-ill cancer patients lack of usefulness or lack of knowledge. Journal of Palliative care and Medicine. 2012; 27: 1-2. doi: 10.4172/2165-7386.1000e121
20. Del FE, Dev R, Cabanillas ME, et al. Extreme hypothyroidism associated with sunitinib treatment for metastatic renal cancer. J Chemother. 2012; 24(4): 221-225.doi: 10.1179/1973947812Y.0000000022
21. Rozzi A, Lanzetta G. Palliative surgery and palliative medicine are we following the same fundamental principles. Journal of Palliative care and Medicine. 2013; 31: 1-2. doi: 10.4172/2165-7386.1000136
22. Rozzi A, Santini D, Salerno M, et al. Pegylated liposomal doxorubicin as third-line chemotherapy in patients with metastatic transitional cell carcinoma of urothelial tract results of a phase II study. Med Oncol. 30(1): 407. doi: 10.1007/s12032-012-0407-5

Joaquín T. Limonero, PhD

Associate Professor
Stress and Health Research Group
Faculty of Psychology
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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Dr. Joaquin T. Limonero, Ph.D. is a Professor of Health Education and Palliative Care in Faculty of Psychology at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.
He is member of different societies (Spanish Society of Palliative Care, Catalano-Balear Society of Palliative Care (ex vocal member); International Society of Emotional Intelligence and Spanish Society of Study Anxiety and Stress (Vocal member).
Investigates and collaborate with leading Spanish palliative care units and with the Qualy Observatory / WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Palliative Care Programmes (Institut Catala dOncologia, Spain).
He has published national and international peer-reviewed papers, abstracts and book chapters, and is reviewer of different journals of palliative care and others than cover different psychology topics

His research interests include: Palliative care, including suffering, emotional distress, the emotional reactions/adaption process of the patient and family, caregivers burden, the grieving process, resilience and emotional intelligence and the development and adaptation of diverse scales to measure these constructs.

Dr. Limonero is member of different societies (Spanish Society of Palliative Care, Catalano-Balear Society of Palliative Care (ex vocal member); International Society of Emotional Intelligence and Spanish Society of Study Anxiety and Stress (Vocal member).
He has been invited reviewer in many different journals of Palliative Medicine, Nursing and Psychology during the last decade. Also he is invited speaker in different congress of palliative care.
He is current coordinator of different projects related to 1) emotional distress of primary caregivers of advanced and end of life patients, 2) development of psychosocial needs scale of dying patient attended in palliative care unit and 3) assessment of loneliness of dying patient and other similar works related to palliative care frame.

1. Limonero JT, Tomas SJ, Mate MJ, et al. Evidence for validity of the Brief Resilient Coping Scale in a young Spanish sample. The Spanish Journal of Psychology. doi: 10.1017/sjp.2014.35
2. Gorina M, Limonero JT, Penart X, Jimenez J, Gasso J. Comparison of the satisfaction of users of home care vs. integrated model Comparison of Model on patient level of satisfaction of users of home care: Integrated model vs.dispensaries model Atencion Primaria. doi: 10.1016/j.aprim.2013.07.011 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aprim.2013.07.011.
3. Krikorian A, Limonero JT, Roman JP, Vargas JJ, Palacio C. Predictors of Suffering in Advanced Cancer. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2013.
4. Mate MJ, Gonzalez BJ, Calsina BA, et al. The Institut Catala dOncologia ICO model of palliative care. An integrated and comprehensive framework to address essential needs of patients with advanced cancer. J Palliat Care. 2013; 29(4): 237-243.
5. Mateo OD, Gomez BX, Limonero JT, Martinez MM, Buisan M, de Pascual V. Effectiveness of psychosocial intervention in patients with advanced illness and end of life Effectiveness of psychosocial intervention in patients With advanced disease and end of life.Psicooncologia. 2013; 10(2-3): 299-316.
6. Krikorian A, Limonero JT, Vargas JJ, Palacio C. Assessing suffering in advanced cancer patients using pictorial representation of illness and self-measure PRISM preliminary validation of the Spanish version in a Latin American population. Supportive Care in Cancer. 2013; 21(12): 3327-3336. doi: 10.1007/s00520-013-1913-5
7. Limonero JT, GomezRomero MJ, Fernandez CJ, Tomas SJ. Influence of Perceived emotional intelligence and impulsivity in cannabis abuse in young Influence of Perceived emotional intelligence and impulsivity in cannabis abuse in young.Ansiedad y Estres. 2013; 19(2-3): 223-234.
8. Ruiz Mdel R, Limonero JT. Professional attitudes towards normal childbirth in a shared care unit. Midwifery. 2013. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2013.07.003
9. Krikorian A, Limonero JT, Corey MT. Suffering assessment: A review of available instruments for use in palliative care. J Palliat Med. 2013; 16(2): 130-142.
10. Krikorian A, Limonero JT, Mate J. Suffering and distress at the end-of-life. Psychooncology. 2012; 21(8): 799-808 doi: 10.1089/jpm.2012.0370
11. Limonero JT, Tomas SJ, Fernandez CJ, GomezRomero MJ, Aradilla HA. Resilient coping strategies and emotional regulation: predictors of satisfaction with life. Resilient coping strategies and emotional regulation: Predictors of life satisfaction.Behavioral Psychology/ Psicologia Conductual. 2012; 20(1): 183-196.
12. Krikorian A, Limonero JT. An integrated view of suffering in palliative care. J Palliat Care. 2012; 28(1): 41-49.
13. Limonero JT, Mateo D, Mate MJ, et al. Evaluation of the properties of the questionnaire psicomotricas Screening Emotional Upset DME in patients oncologicos. Assessment of the psychometric properties of the scale detection of emotional distress in cancer patients.Gac Sanit. 2012; 26(2): 145-152. doi: 10.1016/j.gaceta.2011.07.016
14. Limonero JT, Tomas SJ, Fernandez CJ, Cladellas R, Gomez BJ. Perceived personal competence and death anxiety in nursing students staff Perceived competence and death anxiety in nursing students. Anxiety and Stress. 2010; 16(2-3): 177-188.
15. Limonero JT. Evaluation of the grieving process. Assessment of grieving process. Med Paliativa. 2010; 17(Supp 1): 45-46.
16. Limonero JT, Lacasta MM, Garcia GJA, Mate MJ, Prigerson HG. Adaptation to Castilian inventory complicated grief. Spanish adaptation of the Complicated Grief.Inventory Med Paliat. 2009; 16(5): 291-297.
17. Lacasta RMA, Rocafort GJ, Blanco TL, Limonero JT, Gomez BX. Psychological Intervention in Palliative Care. Analysis of services in Spain. Psychological intervention in palliative care. Analysis of services in Spain. Medicina Paliativa. 2008; 15(1): 39-44.
18. Navarro E, Limonero JT, Mate J, Gomez RMJ. Communication and information needs in the oncologic patient survivor Communication and information needs in the cancer survivor.Psicooncologia. 2010; 7(1): 127-141.
19. Mate J, Mateo D, Bayes R, et al. Elaboration and proposal of a tool for the detection of distress in patients at end of life purpouse of an instrument for the detection of emotional distress in patients at the end of life. Psico oncologia. 2009; 6(2-3): 499-506.
20. Mate J, Gonzalez BJ, Ibanez SM, et al. Autolotica the end of life in palliative oncological patients apropos of a case ideation. Autolytic ideation at the end of life in palliative oncological patients. Case report. Psycho oncology. 2008; 5: 339-358.
21. Amurrio LDGLM, Limonero GJT. El concepto de duelo en estudiantes universitarios Grief concept in university students. Med Paliat. 2007; 14: 14-29.
22. TomasSJ, Limonero JT. Death depression and death obsession Are they different constructs . Psychol Rep. 2007; 100(3I): 755-758. doi: 10.2466/PR0.100.3.755-758
23. TomasS J, Limonero JT, Abdel KAM. Spanish adaptation of the Collett Lester fear of death scale. Death Stud. 2007; 31(3): 249-260.
24. Limonero JT, TomasS J, Femandez CJ. Perceived emotional intelligence and its relation to tobacco and cannabis use among university students. Psicothema. 2006; 18(1): 95-100.
25. Limonero JT, Tomas SJ, Fernandez CJ. Relationship between perceived emotional intelligence and death anxiety in college students. Relationship Between Perceived emotional intelligence and death anxiety in college students. Anxiety and Stress. 2006; 12(2-3): 267-278.
26. Sanz A, Villamarin F, Alvarez M, Limonero JT. Microanalysis of the relationship between goal self-efficacy and cardiovascular reactivity. A test for the moderating role of incentive value and the mediating role of anxiety. International Journal of Psychophysiology. 2006; 62(1): 66-76. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2006.01.013
27. Tomas SJ, Gomez BJ, Limonero JT. The death anxiety inventory A revision. Psychol Rep. 2005; 97(3): 793-796. doi: 10.2466/pr0.97.1.21-24
28. Bayes R, Limonero JT. Influence of proximity to death on the factors that can help you die peacefully. Influence of the proximity of death on the priority of the factors That can help people to have a good death.Med Clin. 2005; 124(14): 556. doi:
29. Fernandez FME, Aguirin CP, Limonero JT, et al. Estondares de formacian psicologica en Cuidados Paliativos Standards of psychological training in palliative care. Med Paliat. 2004; 11(3): 174-179.
30. Tomas SJ, Limonero JT, Templer DI, Gomez BJ. The death depression scale revised. preliminary empirical validation of the spanish form. Omega. Journal of Death and Dying. 2004; 50(1): 43-52. doi: 10.2190/XBRR-PMPP-C0XH-KP80
31. Comas M, Calafell B, Limonero JT, Bayes R. Elaboracian an observational scale laevaluacion of depression in Paliativosestudio preliminary Care. Development of an observational scale for Assessing depression in palliative care a preliminary study.Med Paliat. 2004; 11(2): 96-101.
32. Limonero JT, Tomas SJ, Fernandez CJ, Gomez BJ. Influence of perceived emotional intelligence in nursing work stress Influence of Perceived emotional intelligence in nursing work stress. Anxiety and Stress. 2004; 10(1): 29-41.
33. Tomas SJ, Limonero JT. Comparison of the levels of death anxiety in nursing students from Egypt and Spain Comparisons Between Levels of death anxiety of nursing students Egypt and Spain. Clinical Nursing. 2004; 14(6): 328-333.
34. Colell BR, Limonero GJT. What worries the oncology patients caretaker. Rev Enferm. 2003; 26: 8-12.
35. Fernandez CJ, Limonero JT, Rovira T, Albaina S. Unrealistic optimism and perceived control role of personal competence. Psychol Rep. 2002; 91: 431-435.
36. Limonero JT. Assessment of needs and concerns in terminally ill situation. Assessment of needs and terminally ill patients in worries.J Health Psych. 2001; 13(2): 63-77.
37. Bayes R, Limonero JT, Barreto P, Comas MD. A research system for emotional needs of terminal patients. Med Paliat. 2001; 8(2): 71-79.
38. Bayes R, Limonero JT, Romero E, Arranz P. What can help to die peacefull. Med Clin. 2000; 115(15): 579-582.
39. Bayes R, Limonero JT, Barreto P, Comas MD. A way to screen for suffering in palliative care. J Palliat Care. 1997; 13(2): 22-26.
40. Limonero JT. Ansiedad ante la muerte. Death anxiety. Ansiedad y Estres. 1997; 3(1): 37-46.
41. Limonero JT . The phenomenon of death in the investigation of the phenomenon of death emocionesThe in the emotion research. Journal of General and Applied Psychology. 1996; 49 (2): 249-265.
42. Bayes R, Limonero JT, Barreto P, Comas MD. Assessing suffering Lancet. 1995; 346 (8988): 1492. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(95)92511-2
43. Limonero JT, Bayes R. Being in the field of terminally ill situation. Wellbeing in the field of terminally ill patients. Med Paliat. 1995; 2(2): 53-59.
44. Limonero JT, Bayes R, Espaulella J, Roca J. Degree of accuracy of prediction of life in oncological patients in terminal situation Level of prognosis accuracy of life in terminal cancer patients. Med Paliat. 1994; 1(2): 26-30.
45. Limonero JT. Some contributions of psychology to the field of terminally ill situation. Some Contributions of psychology to the field of terminally ill patients. Yearbook of Psychology. 1994; 61: 85-92.
46. Limonero JT, Comas MD, Roca J, Bayes R. Palliative Care Unit Near Death Palliative care unit and well proximity to death and wellbeing. Med Clin. 1993; 101(11): 439.
47. Limonero JT, Gil-Moncayo F. Importance of Psychological Research in Palliative Care: Barriers in its Development. Palliat Med Hosp Care Open J. 2014; 1(1): 1-3. 10.17140/PMHCOJ-1-101

Flavio Nervi Oddone, MD

Professor of Medicine
Head Department of Medicine
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Marcoleta 367
Santiago, Chile

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

• Graduated as Medical Doctor in (1970) at the Pontificia Universidad Católica
• Bachelor in Biological Sciences, PUC (1966)
• Licenciado en Medicina, PUC (1969)
• Médico-Cirujano, PUC (1970)
• Dottore in Medicina e Chirurgia, Università Cattolica, Roma (1987)


• Profesor Titular de Medicina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile since (1986)


• Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates. Approved in (1970)
• Fellowship in Gastroenterology. The University of Texas at Dallas, Southwestern Medical Center (1975)
• National Certification CONACEM (1987)
• Italian Certification (1988)


• Academic Fellowship in Internal Medicine, Facultad de Medicina, PUC (1970-1973)
• Post-doctoral Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the Health Science Center at Dallas, University of Texas, under the direction of Dr. John Dietschy (1973-1976)
• Post-doctoral Research Program and Thesis at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Faculty of Medicine, Rome(1987)


• Director Department of Gastroenterology, PUC (1986-2001)
• Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine (1992-2000)
• Director Cancer Program, PUC (1995-2001)
• Director Program of Palliative Medicine and Continuous Care, PUC (2006-present)
• Head department of Medicine, PUC (2006-present)

His research interests include: Eenfermedades the esophagus, Stomach, Intestine, Colon, Liver and Pancreas.


• Prize Academia de Medicina de Chile for the best research published in (1974) and (1982)
• Prize Sociedad Médica de Santiago for the best medical research published in (1980), (1985), (1988 and (1989)
• Prize Candida Medrano de Merlo, Spain, for the best research in Hepatology(1985)
• Blaine Brower Travelling Scholar, American College of Physicians.(1985) USA
• International Travel Fellowship Award, American Gastroenterological Association. (1985) USA
• Decoration of the President of Italy Onorificenza di Grande Ufficiale della Repubblica d Italia(1998)
• Holy Sea Decoration San Gregorio Magno, Vatican State (2001)
• Member of the Chilean Academy of Medicine since (2004)


• Colegio Médico de Chile (1970-present)
• Sociedad de Biología de Chile (1971-present)
• Sociedad Médica de Santiago (1971-present)
• Fellow of the American College of Physicians (1982-present)
• Member American Gastroenterological Association (1986-present)
• Member of International liaison committee of the AGA (1988-1990)
• Albo di Medicina e Chirurgia di Roma, Italy (1989-present)
• Member of the International Advisory Board on Gallstones (1992-2000)

1. Nervi F, Gonzalez A, Valdivieso V. Studies on cholesterol metabolism in the diabetic rat. Metabolism. 1974; 23: 495-503.
2. Nervi F, Dietschy J. Failure of adrenocorticosteroids to influence the major mechanisms o hepatic cholesterogenesis. Biochim. Biophys. Acta. 1974; 369: 351-360.
3. Nervi F, Weis H, Dietschy J. The kinetic characteristics of inhibition of hepatic cholesterogenesis by lipoproteins of intestinal origin. J. Biol. Chem. 1975; 250: 4145-4151.
4. Nervi F, Dietschy J. Ability of six different lipoprotein fractions to regulate the rate of hepatic cholesterogenesis in vivo. J Biol Chem. 1975; 250: 8704-8711.
5. Nervi F, Carrella M, Dietschy J. Dissociation of ß-hydroxy-ß methylglutaryl CoA reductase activity from the overall rate of cholesterol synthesis in the liver following the intravenous administration of lipid. J Biol Chem. 1976; 251: 3831-3833.
6. Nervi F, Anderson J, Diestchy J. Rate constants for the uptake of cholesterol from various intestinal and serum lipoproteins. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1977; 486: 298-302.
7. Nervi F. Normal mechanisms of carbohydrate absorption. In The Science and Practice of Clinical Medicine. 1976; 35-36.
8. Nervi F. Normal mechanisms of protein absorption. In the Science and practice of Clinical Medicine. 1976; 36-38.
9. Nervi F. Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis. In the Science and practice of Clinical Medicine. 1976; 157-158.
10. Nervi F. Acute appendicitis. In the Science and practice of Clinical Medicine. 1976; 158-159.
11. Nervi F, Dietschy J. The mechanisms of and the interrelationship between bile acids and chylomicron mediated regulation of hepatic cholesterol synthesis in the liver of the rat. J Clin Invest. 1978; 61: 895-909.
12. Nervi F, Severin C, Valdivieso V. Bile acid pool changes and regulation of cholate synthesis in experimental diabetes. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1978; 529: 212-223.
13. Nervi F. Esofagitis por reflujo y significado de la hernia hiatal por deslizamiento. Bol Hosp Clin. Universidad Católica. 1978; 21: 169-183.
14. Nervi F, Arteaga A, Maiz A. Hipercolesterolemia familiar homozigota. Rev Med Chile. 1979; 107: 624-638.
15. Valdivieso V, Palma R, Nervi F, et al. Secretion of biliary lipids in young Chilean women with cholesterol gallstones. Gut. 1979; 20: 997-1000.
16. Nervi F, Covarrubias C, Valdivieso V, et al. Hepatic cholesterogenesis in Chileans with cholesterol gallstone disease. Gastroenterology. 1981; 80: 539-545.
17. Del Pozo R, Bronfman M, Bull P Nervi F . Subcellular distribution of cholesterol ester hydrolase in human liver. IRCS Med Sci. 1981; 9: 1063.
18. Covarrubias C, Nervi F, Valdivieso V, et al. The effect of typhoid fever on bile acid pool size and composition. J Infect Dis. 1983; 147-361.
19. Nervi F, Del Pozo R, Covarrubias C, Ronco B. The effect of progesterone on the regulatory mechanisms of biliary cholesterol secretion in the rat. Hepatology. 1983; 3: 360-367.
20. Nervi F, Del Pozo R, Covarrubias C, Ronco B. Reversal of progesterone-induced biliary cholesterol output by dietary cholesterol and ethynylestradiol. Biochem et Biophys Acta. 1983; 753: 164-174.
21. Nervi F, Covarrubias C, Valdivieso V . Evidence de hipofunción vesicular y cambios del pool de ácidos biliares en la fiebre tifoídea. Rev Méd Chile. 1983; 111: 796-801.
22. Nervi F. Symposia litiasis biliar, Editor. En series clínicas de la Sociedad Médica de Santiago. Editorial Universitaria,. 1983; 2: 1-189.
23. Nervi F. Fisiopatología de la litiasis biliar. En Simposio litiasis biliar, Ed. Series clínicas de la Sociedad Médica. Editorial Universitari. 1983; 2: 33-41.
24. Covarrubias C, Valdivieso V, Nervi F. Epidemiology of gallstone disease in Chile. In Epidemiology and prevention of gallstone disease. Ed, Capocaccia L, Ricci G, Angelico F. Press Lancaster. 1984; 26-30.
25. Nervi F, Paz B, Montiel F. Pathogenic and clinical relationship between endemic salmonellosis and gallstone disease. In epidemiology and prevention in gallstone disease. Press Lancaster. 1984; 144-152.
26. Nervi F, Raddatz A, Zamorano N. Overestimation of the numbers of chronic carriers of salmonella typhi in Santiago. J Infect Dis. 1984; 149: 124-125.
27. Bull P, Guzmán S, Nervi F. Mutagenic activity in stones from a patient with a congenital choledochal cyst. J.Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 1984; 197: 61-63.
28. Nervi F, Bronfman M, Allalón W. Regulation of biliary cholesterol secretion in the rat. Role of hepatic cholesterol esterification. J Clin Invest. 1984; 74: 2226-2237.
29. Bronfman M, Inostroza N, Nervi F, Leighton F. Acyl-CoA synthetase and the paroxysmal enzyme of ß-Oxidation in human liver. Biochem J. 1984; 224: 709-720.
30. Ulloa N, Nervi F. Mechanism and kinetic characteristics of the uncoupling by plant steroids of biliary cholesterol from bile salt output. Biochem Biophy Acta. 1985; 837: 181-189.
31. Guzmán S , Nervi F, Llanos O. Impaired lipid clearance in patients with previous acute pancreatitis. Gut. 1985; 26: 888-891.
32. Nervi F. Bioquímica hepática: Aspectos relevantes en cirugía. Bol De Cirugía. 1985; 2: 30-33.
33. Nervi F. Acerca de la muerte y su concepto médico. Revista Universitaria. 1985; 15: 17-22.
34. Nervi F. Alcohol y enfermedades prevalentes del esófago y estómago. En Simposio alcoholismo y sus complicaciones médicas. H. Iturriaga . Editorial Universitaria. 1986; 5: 55-64.
35. Paz B, Kunakow N, Montiel F, Nervi F. Incidence de salmonella typhi en colelitiasis sintomática en un área endémica. Estudio prospectivo. Gastroenterología y Hepatología . 1986; 9: 121-124.
36. Bull P, Nervi F. Factores de riesgo del cáncer de la vía biliar. Rev Méd Chile. 1987; 115: 673-679.
37. Valdivieso V, Palma R , Nervi F. Biliary lipids in gallstone patients. Gastroenterology. 1986; 90: 2040.
38. Ulloa N, Garrido J, Nervi F. Ultracentrifugal isolation of vesicular carriers of biliary cholesterol in native human and rat bile. Hepatology. 1987; 7: 235-244.
39. Nervi F, Duarte I, Gómez G. Frequency of gallbladder cancer in Chile, a high-risk area. Int J Cancer. 1988; 41: 657-661.
40. Nervi F, Marinovic I, Rigotti A, Ulloa N. Regulation of biliary cholesterol secretion. Functional relationship between the canalicular and sinusoidal cholesterol secretory pathways in the rat. J Clin Invest. 1988; 82: 1818-1825.
41. Lobos T, Fuentes D, Nervi F. Actividad ß-Glucuronidasa en almonella typhi y paratyphi. Rev Méd Chile. 1988; 116: 135-136.
42. Rigotti A, Marzolo MP, Ulloa N, González O, Nervi F. Effect of bean intake on biliary lipid secretion and on hepatic cholesterol metabolism in rat. J Lipid Res. 1989; 30: 1041-1048.
43. Nervi F, Covarrubias C, Bravo P, et al. Influence of legume intake on biliary lipids and cholesterol saturation in young Chilean men. Gastroenterology. 1989; 96: 825-830.
44. Rollán A, Guzmán S, Nervi F. Pancreatitis Aguda e Hipertrigliceridemia. Rev Méd Chil. 1989; 117: 315-321.
45. Marzolo MP, Nervi F. Caracterización del catabolismo lipoproteico en condiciones de hipersecreción biliar de colesterol en la rata. Arch Biol Méd Exp. 1989; 22: 361-374.
46. Rollán A, Guzmán S, Pimentel F, Nervi F. Catabolism of chylomicron remnants in patients with previous acute pancreatitis. Gastroenterology. 1990; 98: 1649-1654.
47. Amigo L, Covarrubias C, Nervi F. Separation and quantitation of cholesterol carriers in native bile by ultracentrifugation. Hepatology. 1990; 12: 130S-133S.
48. Chianale J, Valdivieso G, Del Pino G, Nervi F. Mortalidad por cáncer vesicular en Chile y su relación con las tasas de colecistectomía. Análisis de la última década. Rev. Med. Chile. 1990; 118: 1284-1288.
49. Marzolo MP, Covarrubias C, Bravo P, Velasco N, Nervi F . Efectos rápidos de una dieta rica en leguminosas sobre las lipoproteínas mplasmáticas en jóvenes chilenos. Clin Invest Arteriosc (Spain). 1990; 2: 131L-135L.
50. Covarrubias C, Nervi F. Rapid isolation of vesicular and micellar carriers of biliary lipids by ultracentrifugation. J Lipid Res. 1990; 31: 341-347.
51. Marzolo MP, Rigotti A, Nervi F. Secretion of biliary lipids from the hepatocyte. Hepatology . 1990; 12: 134S-142S.
52. Chianale J, del Pino G, Nervi F. Increasing gallbladder cancer mortality rate during the last decade in Chile, a high-risk area. Int J Cancer. 1990; 46: 1131-1133.
53. Rigotti A, Miquel JF, Nervi F. Evolución conceptual de la patogenia de la litiasis biliar por cálculos de colesterol. Rev Méd Chile. 1991; 119: 312-320.
54. Rigotti A, Nervi F. In search of abnormal enzyme activities of hepatic cholesterol metabolism in patients with cholesterol gallstone disease. Hepatology. 1991; 32: 469-475.
55. Miquel JF,. Rigotti A , Rojas E, Brandán E, Nervi F. Isolation and purification of human biliary vesicles with potent cholesterol-nucleation- promoting activity . Clin Science. 1992; 82: 175-180.
56. Amigo L, Marzolo MP, Aguilera JM, et al. Influence of different dietary constituents of beans (phaseolus vulgaris) on serum and biliary lipids in the rat. J Nutr Biochem. 1992; 3: 486-490.
57. Miquel JF, Rollán A, Guzmán S, Nervi F. Microlithiasis and cholesterolosis in idiopathic acute pancreatitis. Gastroenterology. 1992; 102: 2188-2190.
58. Covarrubias C, Del Pino G, Ferreiro O, Nervi F. Epidemiología e historia natural de la litiasis biliar. Implicancias para el manejo clínico de la enfermedad. Rev Méd Chile. 1992; 120: 432-438.
59. Marzolo MP, Amigo L, Nervi F. Hepatic production of very low density lipoprotein, catabolism of low density lipoprotein, biliary lipid secretion and bile salt synthesis in rats fed a bean (Phaseolus Vulgaris) diet. J Lipid Res. 1993; 34: 804-814.
60. Miquel JF, Núñez L,. Rigotti A, Amigo L, et al. Isolation and partial characterization of cholesterol pronucleating hydrophobic glycoproteins associated to native biliary vesicles. FEBS Letter . 1993; 318: 45-49.
61. Rigotti A, Amigo L, Puglielli L, et al. Biliary lipid secretion: immunolacalization and identification of a protein associated with lamellar cholesterol carriers in supersaturated rat and human bile. J Lipid Res. 1993; 34: 1883-1894.
62. Núñez L, Amigo A, Rigotti L, et al. Cholesterol crystallization-promoting activity of aminopeptidase N isolated from the vesicular carrier of biliary lipids. FEBS Lett. 1993; 329: 84-88.
63. Rigotti A, Marzolo MP, Nervi F. Lipid transport from the hepatocyte into the bile. Current Topics in Membranes. 1994; 40: 579-615.
64. Rollán A, Loyola G, Covarrubias C, et al.. Apolipoprotein E polymorphism in patients with acute pancreatitis. Páncreas. 1994; 9: 349-353.
65. Puglielli L, Amigo L, Arrese M, et al. Protective role of biliary cholesterol and phospholipid lamellae against bile acid-induced cell damage. Gastroenterology. 1994; 107: 244-254.
66. Puglielli L, Rigotti A, Greco A, Santos M, Nervi F. Sterol carrier protein 2 is involved in cholesterol transfer from the endoplasmic reticulum to the plasma membrane in human fibroblasts. J Biol Chem. 1995 ; 270: 18723-18726.
67. Nervi F. Giusseppe Moscati. L Osservatore Romano. 1995; 11: 1.
68. Núñez L, Amigo L, Mingrone G, et al. Biliary aminopeptidase-N and the cholesterol crystallization defect in cholelithiasis. Gut. 1995; 37: 422-426.
69. Ferrecio C, Chianale J, González C, Nervi F. Epidemiología descriptiva del cáncer digestivo en Chile. Una aproximación desde la mortalidad. OPS/OMS Alfabeta Santiago. 1995; 1-147.
70. Chianale J, Vollrath V, Wielandt AM, et al. Accatino. Fibrates induce mdr2 gene expression and biliary phospholipid secretion in the mouse. Biochem J. 1996; 314: 781-786.
71. Puglielli L, Rigotti A, Amigo L, et al. Modulation of intrahepatic cholesterol trafficking. Evidence by in vivo antisense treatment for the involvement of sterol carrier protein-2 in newly synthesized cholesterol transport into rat bile. Biochem J. 1996; 317: 681-687.
72. Glasinovic JC, Valdivieso V, Covarrubias C, et al. Pregnancy and gallstones. In Pregnancy, Sex Hormones and the Liver. Falk Symposium Nº 89. Eds. Reyes H, Leuschner U, Arias I. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht. 1996; 267-281.
73. Greco AV,. Mingrone G, De Gaetano A, et al. Uptake of dodecanedioic acid by isolated rat liver. Clin Chim Acta. 1997; 258: 209-218.
74. Nervi F. Medicina molecular y los desafíos del postmodernismo. Educ Medica UC. 1997; 15: 228-241.
75. Miquel JF, Prado A, Asahi H, et al. Enfermedad vesicular inapatrente o microlitiasis en pacientes con pancreatitis aguda: una situación clínica frecuente. Rev Med Chile . 1997; 125: 869-878.
76. Nervi F. Enfermedades de la vesícula y vías biliares. Editor Asociado. En Gastroenterología y Hepatología. . Valenzuela J, Rodés J, eds. Editorial Mediterraneo, Santiago, Chile. 1997; 2: 463-502.
77. Miquel JF, Núñez L, Amigo L, González S, et al. Cholesterol saturation, not proteins or cholecystitis, is critical for crystal formation in gallbladder bile. Gastroenterology. 1998; 114: 1-9
78. Miquel JF, Covarrubias C, Villarroel L, et al. Genetic epidemiology of cholesterol cholelithiasis among Chilean Hispanics and Maoris. Gastroenterology. 1998; 115: 937-946.
79. González-Koch A, Nervi F. Medical management of common bile duct stones. World J Surg. 1998; 22: 1-6.
80. Nervi F, Camerucci S, Puglielli L. Il programma di cooperazione con l`Università Cattolica. Ed. Farri U, Nervi F, Camerucci S, et al. Alfabeta Edt Roma/Santiago. 1998; 13-36.
81. Amigo H, Mendoza S, Zanlungo JF, et al. Enrichment of canalicular membrane with cholesterol prevents bile salt - induced hepatic damage. J Lipid Res. 1999; 40: 533-542.
82. Nervi F. Prólogo. Aspectos espirituales en los cuidados paliativos. JC. Bermejo. Ed. Antartica - Quebecor, Santiago. 1999; 13-16.
83. Nervi F. Experts hear latest on colesterol gallstones. Lancet. 1999; 354: 1450.
84. Amigo L, Zanlungo S, González R, Miquel JF, Nervi F. Risk factors and patogénesis of colesterol gallstones: state of the art. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 1999; 3: 241-246.
85. Quinones V, Rigotti A, Nervi F, et al. Sterol carrier protein 2 gene transfer changes lipid metabolism and enterohepatic sterol circulation in mice. Gastroenterology. 2000; 119: 1708-1719.
86. Amigo L, Quiñones V, Mardones P, et al. Impaired biliary cholesterol secretion and decreased gallstone formation in apolipoprotein E deficient mice fed a high-cholesterol diet. Gastroenterology. 2000; 118: 772-779.
87. Nervi F. Significance of Biliary Phospholipids for Maintenance of the Gastrointestinal Mucosal Barrier and Hepatocellular integrity. Gastroenterology. 2000; 118: 1265-1267.
88. Nervi F. Introducción. Aspectos Espirituales de los Cuidados Paliativos. Alfabeta Impresores, Santiago Chile. 2000; 13-16.
89. Moraga M , Rocco P , Miquel JF, et al. Mitochondrial DNA polymorphisms in Chilean aboriginal populations: implications for the peopling of the Southern cone of the continent. Amer J of Phys Anthropol. 2000; 113: 19-29.
90. Nervi F. Pharmacotherapy of functional gastrointestinal disorders. Gastroenterol Latinoamer. 2001; 12: 157-162.
91. Zanlungo S, Nervi F. The ACAT2 gene encodes a gatekeeper of intestinal cholesterol absorption that regulates cholesterolemia and gallstone disease. Hepatology. 2001; 33: 760-761.
92. Lazcano-Ponce E, Miquel JF, Muñoz N, et al. Epidemiology and Molecular Pathology of Gallbladder Cancer: A Review.. CA Cancer J Clin. 2001; 51: 349-364.
93. Nervi F. Clinica Familia for Palliative Care. A Memory from 1997 to 2001. IAHPC Newsletters. 2001; (5): 6-7.
94. Nervi F. Cáncer de la vesicular biliar en Chile. Rev Méd Chile. 2001; 129: 979-981.
95. Puglielli L, Nervi F. Colecistite Acuta. In Trattato di Gastroenterologia. Ed. Gasbarrini G, Greco AV. Edizioni Minerva Medica, Torino, Italia. 2001; 685-688.
96. Puglielli L , Rigotti A, Nervi F. La Litiasi Biliare. In Trattato di Gastroenterologia. Ed. Gasbarrini G, Greco AV. Edizioni Minerva Medica, Torino, Italia. 2001; 689-704.
97. Puglielli L, Nervi F. Litiasi Coledocica. In Trattato di Gastroenterologia. Ed. G. Gasbarrini, A.V. Greco. Edizioni Minerva Medica, Torino, Italia. 2001; 705-708.
98. Chianale J, Puglielli L, Nervi F. Cancro e Polipi della Colecisti. In Trattato di Gastroenterologia. Ed. Gasbarrini G, Greco AV. Edizioni Minerva Medica, Torino, Italia. 2001; 709-714.
99. Pérez-Ayuso RM, Hernández V, González B, et al. Historia natural de la colelitiasis. Incidencia de colecistectomía en un área urbana y una rural mapuche, en la última década. Rev Méd Chile. 2002; 130; 723-730.
100. Rocco P, Morales C, Moraga M, et al. Composición genética de la población Chilena. Distribución de polimorfismos de DNA mitocondrial en grupos originarios y en la población mixta de Santiago. Rev Méd Chile. 2002; 130: 125-131.
101. Amigo L, Zanlungo S, Miquel JF, et al.. Overexpression of Sterol Carrier Protein 2 Gene Inhibits VLDL Production and Reciprocally Enhances Biliary Lipid Secretion. J Lipid Res. 2003; 44: 399-407.
102. Zanlungo S, Miquel JF, Rigotti A, Nervi F. The ABCs of biliary cholesterol secretion and their implication for gallstone disease. Hepatology. 2003; 37: 940-942.
103. Nervi F, Miquel JF, Marshall G. The Amerindian Epidemics of Cholesterol Gallstones: The North and South Connection. Hepatology. 2003; 37: 947-948.
104. Nervi F, Guerrero M, Reyes M, et al. Symptom control and palliative care in Chile. J Pall Care Pharmacother. 2003; 17: 13-22.
105. AmigoL, Mardones P, Ferrada C, et al. Biliary lipid secretion, bile acid metabolism, and gallstone formation are not impaired in hepatic lipase-deficient mice. Hepatology. 2003; 38: 726-734.
106. Zanlungo S, Nervi F. The molecular and metabolic basis of biliary cholesterol secretion and gallstone disease. Frontiers in Bioscience. 2003; 8: 1166-1174.
107. Zanlungo S, Nervi F. Discovery of the hepatic canalicular and intestinal cholesterol transporters. New targets for treatment of hypercholesterolemia. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2003; 7: 33-39.
108. Storry JR, Sausais L, Hue-Roye k, et al. GUTI: a new antigen in the Cromer blood group system. Transfusion. 2003; 43: 340-344.
109. Nervi F, Zanlungo S. Relevance of the liver in controlling cholesterol homeostasis in health and disease. Accessed in Ather org. 2003; 1-4.
110. Nervi F, Guerrero M, Reyes M, et al. Symptom control and palliative care in Chile. In Pain and Palliative Care in Developing World and Marginalized Populations: A Global Challenge. Ed. Rajagopal MR, Mazza D, Lipman AG. The Hartworth Press, Inc. Binghampton, NY, USA. 2003; 13-22.
111. Cuevas A, Marshall G, Molina A, Miquel F, Rigotti A, Nervi F. Evolución de la frecuencia de factores de riesgo cardiovascular en dos poblaciones chilenas/Changes in cardiovacular risk factors in two chilean populations. Rev Chil Cardiol. 2003; 22: 217-222.
112. Gälman C, Miquel JF. Pérez R, et al. Bile acid synthesis is increased in Chilean Hispanics with gallstones and in gallstone high-risk Mapuche Indians. Gastroenterology. 2004; 126: 741-748.
113. Zanlungo S, Rigotti A, Nervi F. Hepatic cholesterol transport from plasma into bile: implications for gallstone disease. Curr Opin Lipidol. 2004; 15: 279-286.
114. Cuevas A, Miquel JF, Reyes MS, Zanlungo S, Nervi F. Diet as risk factor for cholesterol gallstone disease. J Amer Coll Nutr. 2004; 23: 187-196.
115. Vial P, Ibáñez P, Umaña A, Reyes MM, Viviani P, Nervi F. Autoevaluación sobre formación en medicina paliativa en una cohorte de residentes. Rev Méd Chile. 2004; 132: 445-452.
116. Nervi F. Anorexia Caquexia. En Cuidados Paliativos. Guía para el Manejo Clínico. Ed. Eduardo Bruera y Liliana De Lima. OPS. 2004; 49-53.
117. Álvarez M, Nervi F. Variantes del gen CARD15/Nod2 en la enfermedad de Crohn. Gastroenterología y Hepatología. 2004; 3: 116-119.
118. Nervi F, GacH, Valenzuela E. Care of the elderly in developing countries. En Palliative Care in Developing Countries: Principles and Practice. Eds. Bruera E, De Lima L, Wenk R, Farr W. IAHPC Press (Houston, USA). 2004; 257-268.
119. Nervi F. Introducción. Medicina Paliativa. Ed. R. López, F. Nervi, P. Taboada. En Manual de Medicina Paliativa. PUC. 2005; 5-8.
120. Reyes MM, Santi B, Nervi F. Cuidados paliativos y control de síntomas en Chile. La experiencia de Clínica Familia. Ars Medica. 2005; 11: 187-193.
121. González R, Soza A, Hernández V, et al. Incidence and prevalence of hepatitis C virus infection in Chile. Ann Hepatol. 2005; 4: 127-130.
122. Miquel JF, Zanlungo S, Nervi F. The old enigma of diets, oils, and stones. Nutrition. 2005; 21: 419-421.
123. Nervi F, Miquel JF, Alvarez M, et al. Gallbladder disease is associated with insulin resistance in a high risk population. J Hepatol. 2006; 45: 299-305.
124. Amigo L, Castro J, Miquel JF, Zanlungo S, Young S, Nervi F. Inactivation of Hepatic Microsomal Triglyceride Transfer Protein Protects Mice From Diet-induced Gallstones. Gastroenterology. 2006; 131: 1870-1878.
125. Bravo I, Amigo L, Cohen DE, et al. Role of plasma and liver cholesterol- and lipoprotein-metabolism determinants in LpX formation in the mouse. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2007; 1770: 979-988.
126. Castro J, Amigo L, Miquel JF, et al. Increased Activity of Hepatic Microsomal Triglyceride Transfer Protein and Bile Acid Synthesis in Gallstone Disease. Hepatology. 2007; 45: 1261-1266.
127. Mella JG, Schirin-Sokhan R, Rigotti A, et al. Genetic evidence that apolipoprotein E4 is not a relevant susceptibility factor for cholelithiasis in two high-risk populations. J Lipid Res. 2007; 48: 1378-1385.
128. Reyes M, González M, Del Río I, et al. Costo de estadía en cuidados paliativos especializados y servicios convencionales. Med Pal (España). 2007; 14: 154-157.
129. Buch S, Schafmayer C, Volzke H, et al. A genome-wide association scan identifies the hepatic cholesterol transporter ABCG8 as a susceptibility factor for human gallstone disease. Nat Genet. 2006; 39: 995-999.
130. Kovacs P, Kress R, Rocha J, et al. Variation of the gene encoding the nuclear bile salt receptor FXR and gallstone susceptibility in mice and humans. J Hepatol. 2008; 48: 116-124.
131. Nervi F, Zanlungo S, Rigotti A. A New Twist in the Cholesterol Metabolism-Based Enterohepatic Connection. Gastroenterology. 2008; 135: 705-706.
132. Zúñiga S, Molina H, Azocar L, et al. Ezetimibe prevents cholesterol gallstone formation in mice. Liver Int. 2008; 28: 935-947.
133. Cuevas A, Molina A, Rigotti A, et al. Trends in obesity and diabetes prevalence in a Chilean urban population: 1993-2001. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2008; 6: 219-222.
134. Palma A, Del Río I, Bonati P, et al. Frequency and assessment of symptoms in hospitalized patient with advanced chronic diseases: is there concordance among patients and doctors? Rev Med Chil. 2008; 136: 561-569.
135. Zanlungo S, Miquel JF, Rigotti A, Nervi F. Insulin and cholesterol gallstones: new insights for a complex pathogenic relationship. Hepatology. 2008; 48: 2078-2080.
136. Riquelme A, Arrese M, Soza A, et al. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and its association with obesity, insulin resistance and increased serum levels of C-reactive protein in Hispanics. Liver Int. 2009; 29: 82-88.
137. Herrera J, Amigo L, Husche C, et al. Fecal bile acid excretion and messenger RNA expression levels of ileal transporters in high-risk gallstone patients. Lipids in Health and Disease. 2009; 8: 53-60.
138. Morales MG, Amigo L, Balboa E, et al. Deficiency of Niemann-Pick C1 protein protects against diet-induced gallstone formation in mice. Liver Int. 2010; 30: 887-897.
139. Rojas C, Méndez L, Arab JP, et al. Síndrome de Dress . Eritema cutáneo, fiebre y hepatitis asociado a lamotrigina. Reporte de dos casos y revisión de la literature. Gastroenterol. Latinoam. 2010; 21: 357-362.
140. Nazal L, Riquelme A, Solís N, et al. Hypoadiponectinemia and its association with liver fibrosis in morbidly obese patients. Obes Surg. 2010; 20: 1400-1407.
141. Finucane MM, Stevens GA, Cowan MJ, et al. Global Burden of Metabolic Risk Factors of Chronic Diseases Collaborating Group (Body Mass Index). National, regional, and global trends in body-mass index since 1980: systematic analysis of health examination surveys and epidemiological studies with 960 country-years and 91 million participants. Lancet. 2011; 377: 557-567.
142. Amigo L, Quiñones V, Leiva A, et al. Apolipoprotein A-I deficiency does not affect biliary lipid secretion and gallstone formation in mice. Liver Int. 2011; 3: 263-271.
143. Amigo L, Husche C, Zanlungo S, et al. Cholecystectomy increases hepatic triglyceride content and very-low-density lipoproteins production in mice. Liver Int. 2011; 31: 52-64.
144. Zanlungo S , Rigotti A, Miquel JF , Nervi F. Abnormalities of lipid metabolism, gallstone disease and gallbladder function. Clin. Lipidol 2011; 6: 315-325.
145. Shand B, Bonati P, Palma A, et al. Hydration and nutrition at the end of life: a systematic review of emotional impact, perceptions, and decision-making among patients, family, and health care staff. Psychooncology. 2012; 21: 913-921.
146. Krawczyk M, Lütjohann D, Schirin-Sokhan R, et al. Phytosterol and cholesterol precursor levels indicate increased cholesterol excretion and biosynthesis in gallstone disease. Hepatology. 2012; 55: 1507-1517.
147. Cortés V, Vásquez T, Arteaga A, Nervi F, Rigotti A. The contribution of Goldstein and Brown to the study of cholesterol metabolism. Rev Med Chil. 2012; 140: 1053-1059.
148. Cortés VA, Busso D, Mardones P, et al. Advances in the physiological and pathological implications of cholesterol. Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc. 2013; 88: 825-843.
149. Nervi F, Arrese M. Cholecystectomy and NAFLD: Does Gallbladder Removal Have Metabolic Consequences? Am J Gastroenterol. 2013; 108: 959-961.

Nathania Bush, DNP, APRN, BC

Associate Professor of Nursing
Department of Nursing
Morehead State University
150 University Blvd
Morehead, KY 40351, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

• 2012: Chatham University, Doctorate of Nursing Practice
• 2005: Rutgers University, Post Graduate Certificate
   Major: Nursing Education and Curriculum Development
• 2002: Eastern Kentucky University, Master of Science in Nursing
    Major: Community Health Nursing
• 2001: Eastern Kentucky University, Bachelors of Science
   Major: Nursing
• 1996: Eastern Kentucky University, Associate Degree
   Major: Nursing


• (August 2004-present): Associate Professor of Nursing, Morehead State University
• (August 2003-2009): Clinical Nurse Specialist, Staff Development Educator (PRN), Clark Regional Medical Center
• (May 2002-October 2002): Nursing Instructor, Lexington Community College


• (August 2003-2009): Clinical Nurse Coordinator (PRN), Clark Regional Medical Center
• (June 1998-2009): ICU/CCU Staff Nurse (PRN), Clark Regional Medical Center
• (June 1998-2009): Transitional Care Nurse (PRN), Clark Regional Medical Center
• (October 2001-June 2002): Telemetry/Medical Surgical Staff Nurse, St. Joseph Medical Center
• (May 2001-September 2004): Hospice Nurse , Hospice East
• (April 1996-July 1998): Medical/Surgical Staff Nurse, Clark Regional Medical Center

Her research interests include: Geriatrics and palliative care.


• (2007-Present): Kentucky Rural Health Association- member
• (2006-Present): Kentucky League for Nursing - member
• (2005-Present): National League for Nursing -member
• (2000-Present): American Nurses Association -member
• (2000-Present): Kentucky Nurses Association-member
• (2004- Present): Sigma Theta Tau – Theta Nu Chapter, Honor Society of Nursing – member


• 2006: Recognition by the Kentucky Nurses Association Education and Research Cabinet for a poster Present):ation entitled “Baccalaureate Mentoring Project” Present):ed at the Centennial Kentucky Nurses Association Convention
• 2006: Commissioned by Governor Ernie Fletcher as a Kentucky Colonel for professional endeavors/service to the nursing profession and the state of Kentucky, exhibited at the 1st Kentucky Nurse Educator Conference

1. Bush N, Clevenger K. How to gerontologize nursing curricula. Kentucky Nurse. 2009.
2. Sanders C, Kleinert H, Clevenger K, et al. Virtual patient training to improve reproductive healthcare for women with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Midwifery and Womens Health. 2008; 53(5): 453-60. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2008.04.017
3. Baker H, Bush N, Craft M, Hazelrigg H. School nursing in eastern Kentucky. Kentucky Nurse. 2007.
4. Bush N, Clark T, Clevenger K, et al. Baccalaureate mentoring project abstract. Kentucky Nurse. 2007.

Jennifer S Needle, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Division of Critical Care
Department of Pediatrics
University of Minnesota
East Building, MB 532
2450 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

• (1995-2000): Doctor of Medicine, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC
• (1998-1999): Master in Public Health in Epidemiology, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, Georgia
• (1991-1994): Bachelor of Arts, Biology and Political Science, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri


Fellowship in Biomedical Ethics 2009-2011

• Center for Ethics in Health Care, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon

Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care 2004-2007

• Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital
• Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 2000-2004

• University Hospitals of Cleveland/ Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital
• Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio


• Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, 2013
• Assistant Professor of Bioethics, University of Minnesota, 2013
• Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Oregon Health & Science University, 2007-2013


University of Minnesota: (2013-present)

• Pediatric Intensivist
• University of Minnesota Childrens Hospital
• Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Oregon Health & Science University: (2007-2013)

• Pediatric Intensivist and Transport Physician
• Doernbecher Childrens Hospital
• Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Telemedicine Consultant: (2007-2013)

• Adventist Medical Center (Portland, OR)
• Bay Area Hospital (Coos Bay, OR)
• Columbia Memorial Medical Center (Astoria, OR)
• Mid-Columbia Medical Center (The Dalles, OR)
• Rogue Valley Medical Center (Medford, OR)
• Sacred Heart Medical Center (Eugene, OR)
• Mercy Medical Center (Roseburg, OR)
• Willamette Valley Medical Center (McMinnville, OR)
• Salem Hospital (Salem, OR)

Her research interests include: Factors influencing physician practices in end-of-life care in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Specific areas of interest include the role of uncertainty in physician decision-making at the end-of-life, factors influencing palliative care consultation in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and moral distress among care providers in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Professional Societies

• Society of Critical Care Medicine 2007-present
• American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2014


• Society of Critical Care Medicine Ethics Specialty Award 2012

Committee Membership

• Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank Advisory Board, 2010-2011
• Donation and Transplantation Action Committee, 2009-present
• OHSU Organ Donation Committee, Pediatric Faculty Representative, 2007-present
• OHSU Infection Control Committee, 2007-present
• Rainbow Babies and Children’s Family Centered Care Task Force, 2006


1. Needle JS. Ethical considerations in Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant. J Pediatric Intensive Care. 2014.
2. Needle JS, Mularski RA, Nguyen T, Fromme EK. Influence of personal preferences for life-sustaining treatment on medical decision making among pediatric intensivists. Crit Care Med. 2012; 40(8): 2464-2469. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e318255d85b
3. Needle JS. Home extubation by a pediatric critical care team: Providing a compassionate death outside the pediatric intensive care unit. PedCrit Care Med. 2010; 11(3): 401-403. doi: 10.1097/PCC.0b013e3181c0143f
4. Needle JS, O Riordan MA, Smith P. Parental Understanding of Childrens Life-Threatening Illness in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. PedCrit Care Med. 2009; 10(6): 668-674.
5. Needle JS, Anderson M. Medical Emergency Teams: Are improved outcomes really like day and night? Crit Care Med. 2006; 34(6): 1840-1841. doi: 10.1097/01.CCM.0000219369.59563.9A

Kimon Volikas, MD, PhD

Professor of Geriatrics
St. Georges University of London Medical School in the University of Nicosia
39 Thrakis, 2 Queen Sophias Square, 17122 Nea Smyrni, Athens, Greece

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

• Post Doctoral Residency in Gerontology and Geriatrics Gerontology and Geriatrics Department G. D Annuzio University of Chieti Pescara Italy (1995)
• PhD entitled .Index of mycobacterial contamination in young ages in Greece, Faculty of Medicine National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Supervisor Professor D. Trichopoulos (1993)
• Residency in Internal Medicine, 251 Hellenic Air Force General Hospital Athens (1980-1981, 1985-1988) No. License 227517, 15/11/88
• Bachelor in Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1980)

His research interests include epidemiology, biology of aging, dementia, osteoporosis

Licenses, Professional Memberships

Member of the Governing Board of the Hellenic Gerontology and Geriatrics Association (Vice President since 2008)
• National Representative of Greece in the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society EUGMS (2002-2005)
• National Representative of Greece in the European Region of International Association of Gerontology (2002-2005)
• National Representative of Hellenic Gerontology and Geriatrics Association, with the official authorization of PanHellenic Medical Association, in the E.U.M.S.-G.M.S.
• Member of Hellenic Association of Atherosclerosis
• Member of the Governing Board of Hellenic Aerospace Medical Society (since 2009)
• Member of the Medical Studies Association
• Member of the Italian Geriatric Society, SIGG (1995-2000)
• Member of the Athens Medical Association, Reg. No 20193

Member Of Scientific And Organizing Committees

• Member of Program and Scientific Committee of 7th-12th PanHellenic Congress of Hellenic Gerontology and Geriatrics Association, 2000-2012
• Chairman of Program Committee, 18th Multithematic Medical Symposium, 251 Hellenic Air Force General Hospital, Athens 26-27 February 2009
• Member of Editorial Board Geriatrics and Gerontology Journal, Hellenic Gerontology and Geriatrics Association, 2004-2009
• Chairman of Program Committee, 3rd scientific seminar Department of Nursing Technological Educational Institute of Larissa, 19-20 October 2007
• Reviewer of scientific announcements in Gerontology, 33rd Pan-Hellenic Medical Congress Athens 2-5 May 2007
• General Secretary, 3rd National Congress of Hellenic Aerospace Medical Society with International Participations, Athens 8-10 September 2005
• Editor of 251 Hellenic Air Force General Hospitals Journal, 2006-2007
• Chairman of Program Committee, 1st Geriatric Symposium with International Participations 251 Hellenic Air Force General Hospital, Athens 28 March 1998
• General Secretary in the 7th Multithematic Medical Symposium, 251 Hellenic Air Force General Hospital, Athens 26-27 February 1998
• General Secretary in the Medical Symposium for Drugs, 251 Hellenic Air Force General Hospital, Athens February 1993


1. Di Iorio A, Zito M, Gigante M, Volikas K, Abate G. Arterial Hypotension in the elderly. Review Giornale di Gerontologia. 2000; 48: 36-40
2. Federici S, Savorani A, Martini T, Volikas K. Modification of indicators of health in relation with Pathology . Giornale di Gerontologia. 1995; 43: 6-16.
3. Karkantaris X, Papathanasiou E, Livaditou A, Volikas K, Bitsaktsis A. Case of Asymptomatic Sarcoidosis, Athens. Medical Review of Greek Armed Forces. 1989; 23: 237-240.
4. Yatromanolakis N, Zouboulis C, Volikas K, Koulouris K.Tuberculous infection rate in young ages during the period 1981-1986. 1988; 54: 437-441.

Tim Luckett, PhD

Program Co-ordinator
Improving Palliative Care through Clinical Trials (ImPaCCT)
South Western Sydney Clinical School
University of New South Wales (UNSW)
UTS Faculty of Health, Building 10, Level 7, 235 Jones St
Ultimo, NSW 2007, Australia

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Tim is Program Coordinator for a clinical trial collaborative in palliative care called ImPaCCT (Improving Palliative Care through Clinical Trials; (http://www.impacct.med.unsw.edu.au). Dr. Tim trained as a speech pathologist and has experience of research projects in a wide range of health-related fields. His research aims to advance the methods for measuring patient-reported outcomes such as quality of life and evaluating complex healthcare interventions.

His research interests relate to outcome measurement, especially patient-reported outcomes (PROs) such as quality of life, as well as behavioural interventions aimed at implementing evidence into practice.


2014-ongoing – UTS Faculty of Health Dean’s Advisory Committee.
2014-ongoing – Ingham Institute PROMPT Care Project Advisory Committee
2014-ongoing – Cancer Institute NSW Clinical Trials Feasibility Checklist Tool Advisory Group
2014-ongoing - Australian Guidelines for Cancer Pain Management in Adults Expert Panel - Implementation
2011-ongoing - Australian Guidelines for Cancer Pain Management in Adults Working Party
2010-ongoing - Improving Palliative Care through Clinical Trials (ImPaCCT) Management Advisory Committee
2009-ongoing – ANZ Urogenital and Prostate Cancer Trials Group (ANZUP) Scientific Advisory Committee Quality of Life and Supportive Care Subcommittee.
2010-2010 – ANZ Children’s Oncology Group (ANCHOG) Psycho-oncology Group.
2009-2010 – Australasian Gastro-intestinal Trials Group (AGITG) Scientific Advisory Committee Quality of Life Subcommittee.


1. Virdun C, Luckett T, Agar M, Phillips JL, Davidson PM. Elements of optimal paediatric palliative care for children and young people: an integrative review using a systematic approach. Collegian. 2014.
2. Disler RT, Green A, Luckett T, Newton PJ, Currow D, Davidson PM. Experience of advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Metasynthesis of qualitative research. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2014.03.009
3. Luckett T, Phillips J, Virdun C, Agar M, Green A, Davidson PM. Elements of effective palliative care models: a rapid review. BMC Health Services Research. 2014; 14: 136. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-14-136
4. Lovell M, Luckett T, Boyle F, Phillips J, Agar M, Davidson P. Patient education, coaching and self-management for cancer pain. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2014; 32(16): 1712-1720. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2013.52.4850
5. Luckett T, Sellars M, Tieman J, et al. Advance care planning for adults with chronic kidney disease: A systematic integrative review. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2014; 63(5): 761-770. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2013.12.007
6. Marie N, Luckett T, Davidson PM, Lovell M, Lal S . Optimal patient education for cancer pain : A systematic review and theory-based meta-analysis. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer. 2013; 21(12): 3529-3537.
7. Phillips JL, Lam L, Luckett T, Agar M, Currow D . Is the Life Space Assessment applicable to a palliative care population A brief methodological report on its relationship to measures of performance and quality of life. Brief Methodological Report. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2014; 47(6): 1121-1127. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2013.06.017
8. Lovell M, Agar M, Luckett T, Davidson P, Green A, Clayton J. Australian survey of current practice and guideline use in adult cancer pain assessment and management: Perspectives of palliative care physicians. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2013; 16(11): 1403-1409. doi: 10.1111/ajco.12040
9. Smith AB, King M, Butow P, et al. The prevalence and correlates of supportive care needs in testicular cancer survivors: A cross-sectional study. Psycho-Oncology. 2013; 22(11): 2557-2564. doi: 10.1002/pon.3323
10. Luckett T, Davidson PM, Lam L, Phillips J, Currow DC, Agar M. Do Community Specialist Palliative Care Services That Provide Home Nursing Increase Rates of Home Death for People with Life-Limiting Illnesses A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Comparative Studies. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2013; 45(2): 279-297. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2012.02.017
11. Lewis J, Davidson P, DiGiacomo M, Luckett T, Currow D. A social capital framework for palliative care: Supporting health and wellbeing for people with life limiting illness and their carers, through social relations and networks. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2013; 45(1): 92-103. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2011.12.283
12. Chan S, Newton PJ, Inglis SC, et al. Are all outcomes in chronic heart failure rated equally: An argument for a patient-centred approach to outcome assessment. Heart Failure Reviews. 2014; 19(2): 153-162.
13. Luckett T, Davidson PM, Boyle F, Liauw W, Agar M, Green A, Lovell M. Australian survey of current practice and guideline use in adult cancer pain assessment and management: Perspectives of oncologists. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2012.doi: 10.1111/ajco.12040
14. Luckett T, Davidson PM, Green A, Boyle F, Stubbs J, Lovell M. Assessment and management of adult cancer pain: a systematic review and synthesis of recent qualitative studies aimed at developing insights for managing barriers and optimizing facilitators within a comprehensive framework of patient care. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2012. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2012.07.021
15. Agar M, Luckett T. Outcome measures for palliative care research. Current Opinion in Supportive Palliative Care. 2012; 6(4): 500-507. doi: 10.1097/SPC.0b013e32835a66ca
16. Disler R, Green A, Luckett T, Newton P, Inglis S, Davidson P. Unmet needs in COPD: A metasynthesis protocol. International Journal of Research in Nursing. 2012; 3(1): 15-20.
17. Colagiuri B, King MT, Butow PN, et al. Australian Ovarian Cancer Study (AOCS) Group, AOCS-QOL Study Investigators A comparison of the FACT-G and Supportive Care Needs Survey (SCNS) in women with ovarian cancer. Unidimensionality of constructs. Quality of Life Research. 2012; 21 (5): 887-897.
18. Luckett T, Goldstein D, Butow P, et al. The psychological wellbeing and quality of life of US Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander cancer patients compared to the majority: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Oncology. 2011; 12: 1240-1248. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(11)70212-1
19. Shelby JT, Hardy J, Agar M, et al. Designing and conducting randomised controlled trials in palliative care: findings from the 2010 clinical research forum of the Australian Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC). Palliative Medicine. 2011; 26(8): 1042-1047.
20. Bundy AC, Naughton G, Tranter P, et al. The Sydney Playground Project: Popping the bubblewrap unleashing the power of play: a cluster randomized controlled trial of a primary school playground-based intervention aiming to increase childrens physical activity and social skills. BMC Public Health. 2011; 11: 680.
21. Luckett T, Britton B, Clover K, Rankin N. Evidence for interventions to improve psychological outcomes in people with head and neck cancer: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer. 2011; 19(7): 871-881. doi: 10.1007/s00520-011-1119-7
22. Luckett T, King MT, Butow PN, et al. Choosing between the EORTC QLQ-C30 and FACT-G for measuring health-related quality of life in cancer clinical research: issues, evidence and recommendations. Annals of Oncology. 2011; 22(10): 2179-2190. doi: 10.1093/annonc/mdq721
23. Luckett T, King MT, Lacey J. Measuring quality of life in women with gynecological cancer. International Hospital and Equipment. 2011; 37: 16-18.
24. Luckett T, Butow PN, King MT, et al. A review and recommendations for optimal outcome measures of anxiety, depression and general distress in studies evaluating psychosocial interventions for English-speaking adults with heterogeneous cancer diagnoses. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer. 2010; 18(10): 1241-1262. doi: 10.1007/s00520-010-0932-8
25. Luckett T, King M. Choosing patient-reported outcome measures for cancer clinical research - Practical principles and an algorithm to assist non-specialist researchers. European Journal of Cancer. 2010; 46: 3149-3157. doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2010.08.002
26. Luckett T, King M, Stockler M. Quality of life research in prostate and testicular cancer. CancerForum. 2010; 34: 1.
27. Butow P, Palmer S, Pai A, Goodenough B, Luckett T, King MT. Review Series Adolescent: A review of adherence-related issues in adolescents and young adults with cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2010; 28(32): 4800-4809.
28. Luckett T, King MT, Butow P, Friedlander M, Paris T. Assessing Health-related Quality of Life in Gynecological Oncology: A Systematic Review of Questionnaires and their Ability to Detect Clinically Important Differences and Change. International Journal of Gynecological Cancer. 2010; 20(4): 664-684. doi: 10.1111/IGC.0b013e3181dad379
29. Bundy A, Tranter P, Luckett T, Naughton G. The Risk is That There is No Risk. International Journal of Early Years Education. 2009; 17: 33-45. doi: 10.1080/09669760802699878
30. Luckett T, Butow P, King MT. Improving Outcomes through the Routine Use of Patient Reported Data inCancer Clinics: A Critical Review. Psycho-Oncology. 2009; 18: 1129-1138. doi: 10.1002/pon.1545
31. Luckett T, Butow PN, King MT, Olver IN. Psychosocial issues in long-term survivors of testicular cancer. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2008; 4(3): 125-131.
32. Bundy A, Luckett T, Tranter P, Naughton G, Wyver S. A playful interaction: Occupational therapy for all children on the school ground. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2008; 62: 522-527.
33. Clemson L, Bundy A, Cumming RG, Kay L, Luckett T. Validating the Falls Behavioural (FaB) Scale for older people as an outcome measure: A Rasch analysis. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2008; 30(7): 498-506.
34. Beltran R, Scanlan JN, Hancock N, Luckett T. The effect of first year mental health field work on attitudes of occupational therapy students towards people with mental illness. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 2008; 54(1): 42-48. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2006.00619.x
35. Luckett T, Bundy A, Roberts J. Do behavioural approaches teach children with autism to play or are they pretending Autism. The International Journal of Research and Practice. 2007; 11(4): 365-388. doi: 10.1177/1362361307078135
36. Luckett T, Blignault I, Eisenbruch ME. Researching the health of a culturally diverse population - multicultural health research in NSW. NSW Public Health Bulletin. 2005; 16(9-10): 151-154.
37. Luckett T, Powell SD, Messer DJ, Thornton ME, Schulz J. Do children with autism who pass false belief tasks understand the mind as active interpreter. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2002; 32(2): 127-140.

Shobha S. Rao, MD

Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program Director
Associate Professor
Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Medical School
6431 Fannin , MSB 5.120
Houston, TX 77030, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Shobha Rao is an Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She graduated from the Family Medicine Residency Program at the University Of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She completed Geriatric Medicine Fellowship from University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. She is board certified in Family Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. Dr. Rao is the Director of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. She has published several evidence based reviews in peer reviewed journals. Medical students and the residents have honored her with several teaching awards during her tenure as academic physician. She is also the recipient of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians teaching and excellence award in 2009, and the Deans teaching excellence award at University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston in 2014.

Her research interests include: Education, leadership and development in palliative medicine.


• 2000-1: Aesculapius Award for Teaching Excellence, St. Pau Family Medicine Residents
• 2001-10: Aesculapius Award for Teaching Excellence, UT Southwestern Family Medicine Residency
• 2009: Exemplary Teaching Award, 60th Annual Session and Scientific Assembly, Texas Academy of Family Physicians
• 2010: First Annual UT Southwestern Department of Family Medicine/ Dallas Chapter of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Fanny Clark Poster Competition. Baugh J, Rao, S “Evidence Based Management of Influenza” - First place
• 2010: First Annual UT Southwestern Department of Family Medicine/ Dallas Chapter of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Fanny Clark Poster Competition. Ashfaque A, Rao, S, Budhwar N “Management of osteoporosis in men” – Second place
• 2013-14: Deans Teaching Excellence Award, UTHealth



• 2012 to present : International Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine


• 1994 to present: American Academy of Family Physicians
• 2001 to present: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
• 2012 to present: American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine


• 1994 to present: Texas Academy of Family Physicians

1. Rao S, Disraeli P, McGregor T. Impaired Glucose Tolerance and Impaired Fasting Glucose. American Family Physician. 2004; 69(8): 1961-1968.
2. Rao S, Liu K. What is the Best Way to Treat Patients with White-coat Hypertension? The Journal of Family Practice. 2004; 53(5): 401-419.
3. Rao S, Kakkar S. What is the Best Strategy for Impaired Glucose Tolerance in Non-pregnant Adults? The Journal of Family Practice. 2005; 54(6): 543.
4. Rao S. Prevention of Falls in Older Patients. American Family Physician. 2005; 72(1): 81-88.
5. Rao S, Cherukuri M. Management of Hip Fracture: The Family Physicians Role. American Family Physician. 2006; 73(12): 2195-2200.
6. Rao S, Hofmann L, Shakil A. Parkinsons Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment. American Family Physician. 2006; 74: 2046-2054, 2055-2056.
7. Rao S, Cherukuri M. What is the Best Approach to the Treatment of Hypertension in African-American Patients? The Journal of Family Practice. 2007.
8. Shakil A, Church, R, Rao S. Gastrointestinal Complications of Diabetes. American Family Physician. 2008; 77(12): 1697-1702.
9. Zille Huma Shah, Rao S. What are the Most Effective Ways You Can Help Patients Stop Smoking? The Journal of Family Practice. 2008; 57: 7.
10. Rao S, Singh M, Parker M, Sugumaran R. Health Maintenance For Postmenopausal Women. American Family Physician. 2008; 78(5): 593.
11. Sepdham D, Rao S, Hitchcock K, Goodwin, MA. Should You Treat Carriers of Pharyngeal Group A Strep? The Journal of Family Practice. 2008; 57(10): 673-674.
12. Rao S, Julka M, Radha P. Atrial fibrillation: Ways to refine your care. The Journal of Family Practice. 2009; 58(2): 64-72.
13. Rao S, Budhwar N, Ashfaque A. Osteoporosis in men. American Family Physician. 2010; 82(5): 503-508.

Cecile N. Yancu, PhD

Associate Professor of Sociology
Behavioral Sciences & Social Work
Winston-Salem State University
601 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
309 Coltrane
Winston-Salem, NC 27110, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Hunter College, City University of New York B.A. 1992 Sociology/Urban Studies
Columbia University of the City of New York M.A. 1995 Sociology
Columbia University of the City of New York M.Phil. 1997 Sociology
Columbia University of the City of New York Ph.D. 2002 SocioMedical Sciences


1995-1996 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, NY, NY.
1995-2003 Graduate Research Assistant, Columbia University of the City of New York, NY, NY.
2001-2003 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University School of Medicine, NY, NY.
2003-2004 Assistant Research Scientist, Columbia University School of Medicine, Stroud Center for Study of Quality of Life, NY, NY.
2004-2011 Assistant Professor of Sociology, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC
2005-2007 Sociology Program Coordinator, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC
2011-Pres. Associate Professor of Sociology, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC

Her current research focuses on the relationship between chronic daily stress and poor coping methods, both of which are associated with persistent health disparities and reduced quality of life. Ongoing studies include an examination of the relationship linking emotional memory, anxiety disorders and stress-resilience among first responders. A second line of study is investigating the factors that influence college students’ decision-making practices towards high-risk sexual behavior(s). A third inquiry is examining the prevalence of pre-hypertension among young African Americans and the risk factors associated with it.


2012 Botswana Fellowship: The Success and Promise of Public Health, WSSU
2007 Japan Study Seminar, University of Hawaii
2006 South East Asia Mekong River Seminar, University of Hawaii
2005 GIS and Spatial Modeling for the Social Science Curriculum, Ohio State University,
2005 Infusing cross-cultural aging into the HBCU’S Allied Health Programs, Florida State University

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications (In Chronological Order)

1. Yancu CN, FarmerDF, GravesMJ, Rhinehardt A, Leahman D. Accepting Transitions African Americans Discuss End of Life. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 2014.
2. Walker WR, Yancu CN, Skowronski JJ. Anxiety and the Fading Affect Bias. Advances in Cognitive Psychology.
3. Yancu CN, Lee AK, Witherspoon D, McRae C. Participant recruitment of African American College Students at an Historically Black College and University (HBCU): Challenges and strategies for Health-Related Research. The Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. 2011.
4. Yancu CN. Gender differences in affective suffering among racial/ethnically diverse, community-dwelling elders. Ethnicity and Health. 2011; 16(2): 167-84. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2010.547249
5. Yancu CN, Farmer DF, Leahman D. Barriers to hospice use and palliative care services by African Americans. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. 2009; 27(4): 248-253. doi: 10.1177/1049909109349942
6. Yancu CN. Mobile Cellular Technology: A New Approach to Coping with Accidental Falls among Older Adults. The International Journal of Cognitive Technology. 2006; 11(1): 23-30.

Charbel El Bcheraoui, MSc, PhD

Acting Assistant Professor, Global Health
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
University of Washington Box 358210
2301 5th Avenue, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98121, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Charbel El Bcheraoui, PhD, is Acting Assistant Professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. He is working with IHME’s Kingdom of Saudi Arabia health tracking research team to create an integrated health surveillance system for the Ministry of Health. This system will be used to monitor long-term and real-time burden of disease in Saudi Arabia to inform national and subnational health priorities for policymakers.
Prior to joining IHME, Dr. El Bcheraoui was a Health Systems Integration Program (HSIP) scholar with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As a HSIP scholar, he was assigned to the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness in Atlanta, GA, where he focused on program evaluation and community health improvement.
Previously, Dr. El Bcheraoui worked for the CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, serving as a key member of the HIV Vaccine and Special Studies team and the Minorities HIV/AIDS Research Initiative team. His expertise is in field epidemiology, survey design, public health evaluation, and health systems integration.
Dr. El Bcheraoui studied at the Lebanese University in Beirut, Lebanon, where he received a Master of Science in Zoology, and at the University of the Mediterranean in Marseille, France, where he received a Master of Science and a PhD in Biological Anthropology.

His interests include: HIV/AIDS prevention; Vaccine coverage; Healthcare adverse events; Healthcare systems; Survey design; Public health surveillance; Maternal and child health; Child abuse; Substance abuse; Populations’ aging.


Society of Anthropologists of Paris: member since 2007
American Evaluation Association: member since 2013
American Association for Public Opinion Research: member since 2014


69th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, 15-18 May 2014, Dakar, Anaheim, CA.
Oral presentation: Non Response Bias in National Health Surveys — Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2013
Global Health Metrics and Evaluation Conference, 17-18 June 2013, Seattle, WA
61st Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference, 16-20 April 2012, Atlanta, GA
2012 National Health Promotion Summit, 10-11 April 2012, Washington, DC
Inside Congress: Understanding Congressional Operations. Custom Seminar for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13-15 March 2012, Washington, DC
The Annual Meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine, 22-25 February 2012, Orlando, FL
60th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference, 11-15 April 2011, Atlanta, GA
138TH Annual American Public Health Association Meeting, 6-10 November 2010, Denver, CO
Poster presentation: Internally Displaced Persons Surveillance System, Haiti – Post Quake, 2010: Implementation and Preliminary Results
XVIII International AIDS Conference, 18-23 July 2010, Vienna, Austria Oral presentation: Rates of Male Circumcision-Associated Adverse Events, United States: 2006-2009
59th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference, 19-23 April 2010, Atlanta, GA
Poster presentation: Neonatal Male Circumcision Incidence and Adverse Events - US 1979-2006
17th Medical Days of Dakar, 23-26 February 2009, Dakar, Senegal.
Oral presentation: Perception of ageism among Lebanese elderly living in Beirut, Ras-Baalbeck & Dakar 15th European Congress on Obesity, 22-25 April 2007, Budapest, Hungary.
Poster presentation: Obesity in the Lebanese elderly: Prevalence, Relative Risks and Anthropometric Measurements

1. Bcheraoui E, Memish A, Tuffaha M, et al. Hypertension and its associated risk factors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a national survey. International Journal of Hypertension. 2013.
2. Memish Z, Bcheraoui E, Memish A, et al. Obesity and associated risk factors - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2013. Preventing Chronic Diseases. 2013. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd11.140236
3. Memish Z, Jaber S, Mokdad A, et al. Burden of Disease, Injuries, and Risk Factors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 1990. The Lancet. 2010. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd11.140176
4. Bcheraoui E, et al. HIV Knowledge among a Cohort of Juvenile Detainees, Chicago, 1995. Journal of Correctional Health Care. 2004.
5. Bcheraoui E, et al. Perception of ageism and self-esteem among elderly Lebanese at home and abroad. The Lebanese Medical Journal.

Manuscripts published

Peer review journals

1. Bcheraoui CE, Zhang X, Cooper CS, Rose CE, Kilmarx PH, Chen RT. Rates of Adverse Events Associated with Male Circumcision in U.S. Medical Settings. JAMA Pediatrics. 2010. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5414
2. Mokdad H, Jaber S, Aziz MA, et al. The state of health in the Arab world, 1990-2010: an analysis of the burden of diseases. injuries and risk factors. doi:
3. Bcheraoui CE, et al. Disparities in HIV screening among pregnant women El Salvador, 2011. PlosONE. 2013; 8 (12): e82760.
4. Bcheraoui CE, et al. Patterns of condom use among students at historically black colleges and universities: Implications for HIV prevention efforts among college-age young adults. AIDS Care Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV. 2013; 25(2): 186-193.
5. Bcheraoui CE, Kouriye H, Adib SM. Physical and verbal/emotional abuse of schoolchildren, Lebanon, 2009. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal. 2012; 18(10): 1011-1020.
6. Bejjani N, Bcheraoui CE, Adib S. The social context of tobacco products use among adolescents in Lebanon (Med-SPAD Lebanon). Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health. 2012; 2: 15-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jegh.2012.02.001
7. Bcheraoui CE, Chapuis LN. Obesity in the Lebanese elderly: Prevalence, relative risks and anthropometric measurements. Lebanese Medical Journal. 2008; 56 (3): 174-180.
8.Bcheraoui CE, Chapuis LN. La gestion de la vieillesse : les maisons de retraite au Liban. Management of retirement homes in Lebanon. Human and Health. 2007; 4: 44-49.
9. Bcheraoui CE, Dutour O, Boetsch G. Inventory of Egyptian and Middle Eastern mummies in public museums outside Egypt. Journal of Biological Research. 2005; 80: 281-290.
10.Girotti M, Hariri KA, Kayem AS, Bcheraoui CE, et al. The mummies of the Archaeology Museum of Palmyra. Journal of Biological Research. 2005; 80: 262-267.

John Weru, MB CHB, MPC

Palliative Care Physician
Aga Khan University
P.O. Box 4614-00200, Nairobi, Kenya

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

• First Palliative Medicine Specialist in Kenya recognized by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board—Year 2014
• Masters in Palliative Care, Msc(to graduate November 2014) University of Dundee, Scotland, UK
• Global Leadership in Palliative Care Diploma (2011) Institute of Palliative Medicine, San Diego Hospice, California USA
• Higher Diploma in Education in Palliative Care (2007) Oxford- Brookes University, Oxford, UK
• Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery –MBCHB (2000) University of Nairobi, Kenya
• Secondary Education (1992), Grade A Kagumo High School, Nyeri, Kenya


• Currently I’m working as the palliative care physician at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi Kenya


• Medical Director-Thika Hospice(2010 –2012)
• Palliative Care consultant-KICOSHEP (2010-2012)
• Palliative Care Doctor- Cancer Care Kenya (2010-2011)
• Senior Medical Officer-Nairobi Hospice (2007—2010)
• Volunteer Medical Doctor-Nyahururu Hospice(2002- 2007)
• Senior Medical Officer- Nhyahururu District Hospital (2002-2007)
• Medical Internship—Armed Forces Memorial Hospital, Nairobi

His research interest includes palliative care.


• Kenya Medical Association (KMA)
• Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA)
• Africa Palliative Care Association (APCA)
• Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC)
• International Association for Hospices and Palliative Care Associations ( IAHPCA)
• Palliative Care Network (PCN)
• American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)


• The Socio Economic Costs Of Low Back Pain On Working Children Of Working Patients, 6th World Congress of World Institute of Pain, Miami, Florida , USA, 2012
• Palliative Care Practitioners: Use of Assessment Tools and Record Keeping in Palliative Care, KEHPCA Biannual Conference, 2010
• Dying in the African Setting-Audit in Palliative Care in Kenya, Multinational Association for Support and Care in Cancer Conference, Rome, Italy, 2009

He has published several articles in the journal of Multinational Association for Support and Care in Cancer (MASCC) as well as doing presentations during their annual conferences. He writes a monthly article in the Health Media International, a monthly journal that educates the public on health issues


1. Weru JK. Initial impressions and review of literature concerning factors affecting the use of palliative care assessment tools in an African setting. Palliat Med Hosp Care Open J. 2015; 1(2): 44-49. doi: 10.17140/PMHCOJ-1-108

John Y. Song, MD, MPH

Associate Professor
Center for Bioethics
N504 Boynton
410 Church St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. John Song is an Associate Professor, and Director of Graduate Studies in the Center for Bioethics; and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree in English and a Masters degree in teaching from Brown University, his MD from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He has completed a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Greenwall Fellowship in Ethics and Public Policy at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities.
His current clinical activities for the Department of Medicine include inpatient attending. He is also the founder of the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, an interprofessional, volunteer clinic serving homeless, uninsured, and undocumented individuals with the dual mission of community service and professional education. Dr. Song is the Director of Medical Ethics Education and teaches bioethics in the Medical School and develops programs for students and residents.

His research interests includes bioethics education, especially in defining the objectives and goals of bioethics education for medical students. Other research interests focus mainly on homeless persons and other underserved populations, end-of-life care, and medical professionalism.


University of Minnesota

• 2007- Early Distinguished Career Award, University of Minnesota Medical School, innesota Medical Foundation
• 2004- Outstanding Community Service Award, University of Minnesota
• 2004- Leonard Tow Faculty Humanism in Medicine Award, University of Minnesota Medical School

External Sources

• 2004- Phillips Neighborhood Champion, Phillips Neighborhood Association
• 1997- Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Society, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
• 1991- Outstanding Community Service Award, University of PennsylvaniaSchool of Medicine
• 1985- Phi Beta Kappa, Brown University

Peer-Reviewed Publications

1. Feigal J, Bramante C, Park B, Norgaard C, Menk J, Song J. A Review of Homelessness Among Discharge Delays: making the case for medical respite care for individuals experiencing homelessness. Public Health. 2014.
2. Martinez W, Hickson GB, Miller BM, et al. Role Modeling and Medical Error Disclosure: Results of a National Survey of Fourth-Year Medical Students. Academic Medicine. 2014; 89(3): 482-489.
3. Winkelman T NA, Antiel RM, Davey CS, Tilburt JC, Song J. Medical Students and the Affordable Care Act – Results of a Multi-Site Survey. Arch Int Med. 2012; 172(16).
4. Bramante CT, Song J. Follow-Up after a Health Fair. Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14(5): 422-425.
5. Song J, Wall M, Ratner E, et al. Effect of an End-of-Life Planning Intervention on the Completion of Advance Directives in Homeless Persons: A Randomized Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2010; 153: 76-84.
6. Bramante C, Song J. Discrepancies in End-of-Life Care for the Homeless. Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11(1): 35-36.
7. Song J, Wall M, Ratner E,et al. Engaging Homeless Persons in End of Life Planning. J Gen Intern Med. 2008; 23: 2031-2045.
8. Bartels D, Wall M, Ratner E, Bartels D, Ulvestad N, Song J. Dignity Matters: Advance Care Planning for Homeless Persons. J Clin Ethics. 2008; 19(3): 214-222.
9. Song J, Ratner E, Bartels D, Alderton L, Hudson B, Ahluwalia J. Homeless persons Experiences and Attitudes towards Death and Dying. J Gen Intern Med. 2007; 22: 427-434.
10. Song J, Bartels D, Ratner E, Alderton L, Hudson B, Ahluwalia J. Dying on the Streets: Homeless Persons Concerns and Desires about End of Life Care. J Gen Intern Med. 2007; 22: 435-441.
11. Song J, Ratner E, Bartels D. Dying While Homeless: Is it a concern when life itself is such a struggle? J Clin Ethics. Fall. 2005 ; 16(3): 251-261.
12. Sorenson TD, Song J,Biebighauser S. The Limitations of Good Intentions: Providing Affordable Medications to the Uninsured. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2004; 15(2): 152-160.
13. Ratner ER, Song J. Ethics of Dying at home. Home Health Mgt. 2003; 15: 123-126.
14. Song, J. Homelessness and Clinical Ethics. Healthcare Ethics Committee Forum. 2002; 14: 209-216.
15. Miles SH, Song J.Behavioural Assessment for HIV Prevention: a model programme design. Inter J of STD and AIDS. 2001; 12: d531.1-7.
16. Song JY, Safaiaen M, Strathdee S, Celentano D. Homelessness Among Drug Users And Persons With HIV/AIDS: A Longitudinal Description From The Alive Study. J of Urban Health. 2000; 77: 678-687.
17. Terry PB, Vettese M, Song J, et al. End of Life Decision-Making: When Patients and Surrogates Disagree. J Clin Ethics, Winter. 1999: 286-293.
18. Song J, Terry PB. The Pedophilic Pediatrician: The Conflicting Obligations. J Clin Ethics, Summer. 1999: 142-150.

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

1. Song J. Build Places to call Home. Minnesota Medicine. 2009; 91: 63.
2. Song J. Dying and Homeless: what comfort would there be? Bioethics Examiner, Winter. 2007; 10(2): 1-2.
3. Ratner ER, Bartels D, Song J. A Perspective on Homelessness, Ethics, and Medical Care. Minnesota Medicine. 2004; 87: 60-62.
4. Song J. Primary Care Genetics: Ethical Dilemmas. Medical Crossfire. 2003.
5. Ratner E, Song J. Mortality. Chronicle of Higher Education. 2002; B12.
6. Song J. Death (and Life) with Dignity? Bioethics Examiner, Summer. 2000; 4(2): 1-2.
7. Song, JY. HIV/AIDS and Homelessness. HRSA CareAction. 1999; 1-5.

Gudrun Marie Ilse Kreye, MD

Program Director Palliative Care
Department of Internal Medicine II
University Hospital Krems

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

• July 2012: Certification Hemato-oncologist
• 30.1.2008: Habilitationskolloquium for Oncology, Privatdozentin
• April 2007: Final Board Exam for Internal Medicine
• 21.2.1998: Dr. Medicinae Universae (MD)
• 1991-1998: Study of Medicine at the University of Vienna Medical School
• 1982-1991: Neusprachliches Gymnasium der Höheren Internatsschule des Bundes, Boerhaavegasse, Vienna 3
• 1979-1982: Primary School, Vienna


• (1/2014- Present): Program director palliative Care, Dept. of Internal Medicine II, University Hospital Krems, NÖ, Austria
• (4/2004-4/2005): Post-doc fellow at the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics of Female Reproductive Cancer, Prof. Ie Ming Shih, MD, PhD, Department of Pathology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Baltimore, MD, USA • (3/2002-3/2004): Physician in training at the Center for Oncology and Hematology at the Department of Internal Medicine I, Wilhelminenspital
• (10/1999-2/2002): Hertha Firnberg-Post-Research Fellowship of the Austrian Science Fond
• (3/1998-9/1999): Physician in training at the Uuniversity Hospital of Vienna/Department for Oncology
• (1990 and 1991): Auxiliary nurse in the Altenheim der Caritas Socialis, Vienna
• (1992): Auxiliary nurse in the „Herz-Jesu Hospital, Vienna

Her research interest includes: Palliative Care.


• Executive Board member of the Austrian Association for Palliative Care (since 2002)
• Young ESMO-member
• Since March 2008: Member of the editorial board of Palliative Care: Research and Treatment


• 2008: ESMO Palliative Care Grant for the project Dyspnea in Cancer patients
• 2003: Felix-Mandel-Fonds Stiftung for a short time visit in Baltimore
• 2002: Forschungsförderungspreis der Stadt Wien
• 1999: Hertha-Firnberg-Fellowship
• 1999: Award: Wilhelm-Auerswald-Preis for the Thesis 1999
• 1998: Scholarship Beihilfen fur Zwecke der Wissenschaft for the project LRP expression in gastrointestinal tumorsfrom the University of Vienna
• 1998: Hans und Blanca-Moserstipendium
• 1997: Scholarship Stipendium für kurzfristig fachspezifische Kurse im Ausland, Universitat Viennafor the International Summer School Oncology for Medical Students in Groningen, The Netherlands.

Joseph Shiu Kwong Kwan, MB ChB, MPhil, MD, FRCP

Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Geriatric Medicine
University of Hong Kong
102 Pok Fu Lam Road, Hong Kong

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Joseph is a UK-trained Geriatrician. After gradating from Bristol Medical School in 1994, he went on to qualify from 4 other Universities including MPhil from Southampton University, MD from Edinburgh University, and Clinical Neurology from UCL. He was a Consultant Geriatrician for 8 years in the UK before returning to HKU as the Clinical

Associate Professor at the HKU. He also works as a Consultant at Queen Mary Hospital and Grantham Hospital. His academic research focuses on improving the lives of older people, including physical, cognitive and psychosocial independence, and a good quality of life. His current research portfolio concentrates on two main themes: a) aging brain from stroke and dementia; and b) aging muscle its impact on frailty and function. He is a strong advocate for ethical and humanistic care for the old and vulnerable people in the Society, and his motto is Happy Aging, Healthy Aging.

His research interests includes: Aging brain: vascular and Alzheimers dementia, Aging muscles: sarcopenia, Frailty in old age, Geroscience: relationship between biological aging and age-related diseases, Evidence-based gerontology and geriatric medicine, Health, human rights and humanistic care and Quality of life.


• (2014-now)- Member of the Medical Humanities Planning Group, University of HK
• (2014-now)- Organiser of the undergraduate teaching for Geriatric Medicine, University of HK
• (2014-now)- Editorial Board for the Journal of Heart Surgery and Treatment
• (2014-now)- Sentinel Reader in Evidence-Based Medicine for MORE (McMaster Online Rating of Evidence)
• (2014-now)- Contributor to the HK Geriatrics Society Curriculum in Geriatric Medicine, HK
• (2013-now)- MRCP and PACES Examiner, Royal College of Physicians London, UK
• (2012-3)- Consultant Representative, Cardiovascular Clinical Commissioning Programme, Dorset, UK
• (2011-3) - Consultant Representative, Stroke Specialist Training Committee, Wessex Deanery, UK
• (2011-3)- Consultant Representative, South West Stroke Research Network Management Board, UK
• (2010-2) - Head of Department, Department of Stroke Medicine, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, UK
• (2009-11)- Medical Director of Regional Stroke Network, Dorset, UK

1. Sykes L, Wood E, Kwan JSK. Antiepileptic drugs for the primary and secondary prevention of seizures after intracranial venous thrombosis. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2014; 8: CD005501.
2. Shea YF, Mok WWY, Chan JFW, Kwan JSK. A hidden cause of recurrent asthmatic attacks. J Am GeriatrSoc.2014; 62(7): 1408-1409. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12901.
3. Shea YF, Chan TC, Chang SKR, Hon FKS, Kwan JSK, Chu LW. Rapidly progressive ataxia during rehabilitation and a difficult road to diagnosis. J Am GeriatrSoc .2014; 62(8): 1609-1610. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12955
4. Sykes L, Wood E,Kwan J. Antiepileptic drugs for the primary and secondary prevention of seizures after stroke (Update). The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2014; 1: CD005398. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD005398.pub2
5. Kwan J, Horsfield G, Bryant T, et al. IL6 is a predictive biomarker for stroke associated infection and future mortality in the elderly after an ischaemic stroke. Experimental Gerontology. . 2013; 48(9): 960-965. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2013.07.003
6. Poynter L, Kwan J, Vassallo M. How does cognitive impairment impact on functional improvement following the rehabilitation of elderly patients? International J Clin Practice .2013; 67(8): 811-815. doi: 10.1111/ijcp.12161
7. Marigold R, Tiwari D, Günther A, Kwan J. Antiepileptic drugs for the primary and secondary prevention of seizures after subarachnoid haemorrhage. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews .2013 ; 6: CD008710. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD008710.pub2
8. Kwan J, Pickering RM, Kunkel D, et al. Impact of stroke-associated infection on long term survival: a cohort study. J NeurolNeurosurg Psychiatry .2013; 84(3): 297-304. doi: 10.1136/jnnp-2012-302552
9. Kwan J. Thrombolysis. In: Oxford Desk Reference: Oxford University Press. Geriatric Medicine. .2012; 492-493.
10. Poynter L, Kwan J, Ahie Sayer A, Vassallo M. Does cognitive impairment affect rehabilitation outcome? J Am GeriatrSoc.2011; 59(11): 2108-2111. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.03658.x
11. Jupp B, Mallela SK, Kwan J, Allen S, Sharma JC, Vassallo M. Development and evaluation of the GEMS (gait, eyesight, mental state, sedation) tool as an aid to predict outcome after hospitalisation. Geriatrics and Gerontology International .2011; 11(1): 8-15. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0594.2010.00626.x
12. Townend E, Tinson D, Kwan J, Sharpe M. Feeling sad and useless: an investigation into personal acceptance disability and its association with depression following stroke. Clinical Rehabilitation .2010; 24(6): 555-564. doi: 10.1177/0269215509358934
13. Kwan J. Predicting the risk of post-stroke epilepsy – why and how? Nature Reviews Neurology 2010; 6: 532-533. doi: 10.1038/nrneurol.2010.140.
14. Vassallo M, Mathie L, Sharma JC, Kwan J, Allen S. Fall risk factors in elderly patients with cognitive impairment on rehabilitation wards. Geriatrics and Gerontology International .2009; 9(1): 41-46. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0594.2008.00506.x.
15. Englyst N, Horsfield G, Kwan J, Byrne C. Aspirin resistance is associated with inflammation, ischaemic stroke severity, and poorer functional outcome at six months. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolis .2008; 28(6): 1196-1203. doi: 10.1038/jcbfm.2008.9
16. Kwan J, Jenkinson D, Vassallo M, Englyst N, Perry VH. System infections after acute stroke. Aging Health. 2008; 491: 85-94.
17. Vassallo M, Mathie L, Sharma JC, Kwan J, Allen S. Falls risk assessment tools compared with clinical judgement: an evaluation in a rehabilitation ward. Age Ageing. 2008; 37: 277-281.
18. Abbas M, Guenther A, Galantucci S, et al. Microbial risk factors of cerebrovascular diseases: potential therapeutic options. The Open Neurology Journal. 2008; 2: 20-24.
19. Kwan J, Guenther A. Antiepileptic drugs for the primary and secondary prevention of seizures after intracranial venous thrombosis. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.2006, Issue 3.
20. Kwan J, Hand P, Dennis M, Sandercock P. Early stroke progression in the acute recovery period – clinical characteristics and impact on outcome. Quarterly J Medicine. 2006; 99: 625-633.
21. Townend E, Tinson D, Kwan J, Sharpe M. Fear of recurrence and beliefs about preventing recurrence in persons who have suffered a stroke. J Psychosomatic Res. 2006; 61(6): 747-55. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2006.09.006
22. Hand P, Kwan J, Lindley R, Dennis M, Wardlaw J. Improving the bedside assessment of suspected stroke – The Brain Attack Study. Stroke. 2006; 37: 769-775.
23. Hand P, Haisma J, Kwan J, et al. Inter-observer agreement for the clinical assessment of brain attack. Stroke. 2006; 37: 776-780.
24. Kwan J, Hand P, Sandercock P. A systematic review of the effectiveness of interventions to improve the efficiency of delivering thrombolysis for acute stroke. Quarterly Journal of Medicine. 2004; 97: 273-279.
25. Kwan J, Hand P, Sandercock P. A systematic review of barriers to efficient acute stroke care. Age Ageing. 2004; 33(2): 116-121.
26. Kwan J, Hand P, Dennis M, Sandercock P. Effects of introducing an integrated care pathway in an acute stroke unit. Age Ageing. 2004; 33: 362-367.
27. Stone J, Townend E, Kwan J, Haga K, Dennis MS, Sharpe M. Personality change after stroke: some preliminary observations. J NeurolNeurosurg Psychiatry. 2004; 75(12): 1708-1713. doi: 10.1136/jnnp.2004.037887
28. Sandercock P, Berge E, Dennis M, et al. Cost-effectiveness of thrombolytic with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) for acute ischaemic stroke in the NHS. Stroke. 2004; 35(6): 1490-1498.
29. Kwan J, Lunt M, Jenkinson D. Assessing dynamic cerebral autoregulation after stroke using a novel technique of combining transcranial Doppler ultrasonography and rhythmic handgrip. Blood Pressure Monitoring.2004; 9(1): 3-8.
30. Wing-hang T, Hon-ming M, Jenny SW L, Elsie H, Jean W, Joseph SK K. Quality of care for older patients with non-cancer diagnoses under the end-of-life care program. Palliat Med Hosp Care Open J. 2015; 1(3): 59-65. doi: : 10.17140/PMHCOJ-1-111

Evaon C. Wong-Kim, MSW, MPH, LCSW, PhD

Chair and Professor
Department of Social Work
California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94542, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Wong-Kim is Chair and Professor of the Department of Social Work, California State University at East Bay. Dr. Wong-Kim has been a well recognized advocate and researcher for minority and low-income cancer patients, especially the Asian immigrant and Pacific Islander population. She published research papers on issues relating to survivorship, community attitude towards cancer and quality of life confronting immigrant Chinese cancer patients. She also presented numerous papers at national and international conferences relating to cancer and psychosocial issues. Dr. Wong-Kim is a founding board member of the Intercultural Cancer Council, a national advocacy organization for improving the cancer mortality rate of the underserved populations. She served as a member of the Minority Women’s Health Panel of Experts, Office of Women’s Health. She was the President of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate and served as the first Chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander National Advisory Council for the National Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She was also named Community Director of the Asian American Network for CancerAwareness, Research and Training project in Hawaii and served as board member of the American Cancer Society in Hawaii. Dr. Wong-Kim is appointed as Assessment Panel Member of the Social Workers Registration Board in Hong Kong.

Her research interest includes: Cancer survivorship and quality of life issues confronting Chinese immigrant cancer patients.


• Co-Chair, Intercultural Cancer Council Regional Symposia on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Cancer, San Francisco, July 1, 2010
• American Cancer Society, Redwood Region Regional Board Member, October 2004 - July 2007
• Intercultural Cancer Council Founding Board Member, April 1995 – June 2013
Executive Committee Member, September 2005 - June 2013
• Intercultural Cancer Council Caucus Founding Board Member, January 1999 -June 2013
• Office on Womens Health, DHHS, Minority Womens Health Panel of Experts Co-Chair, Service Committee, June 2002 - June 2005
Member, June 2002 - August 2007
• Susan G. Komen for the Cure (San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate) President, April 1, 2007 - January 2009
• Susan G. Komen for the Cure (National) Chair, Asian Pacific Islander National Advisory Council, April 2003 - March 2007
• Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (Hawaii Affiliate) President-Elect, January 2003 -August 2003
Member, March, 2000 - August 2003

University and Community Activities

• Board Member, Alumni Association, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley 7/2011- Present
• Member, Search Committee for the Associate Vice President, Research and Professional Development, CSU East Bay, 2011-2012
• Reviewer, Tenure and Promotional Departmental Committee, Department of Human Development and Womens Studies, CSU East Bay, 2011-2012
• Reviewer, Tenure and Promotional Departmental Committee, Sociology, CSU East Bay, 2011-2012
• Chair, Tenure and Promotional Departmental Committee, Department of Human Development, CSU East Bay, 2010-2011
• Member, University Sabbatical and Leaves Committee, CSU East Bay, 2010-2011
• Member, Review Committee for the VP, Administration and Finance and CFO, 2009-2010
• American Cancer Society, Hawaii Pacific Inc., Board Member, March 2000 – July 2003
• Chair, Quality of Life Committee, March 2000 – July 2003
• California Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCEDP) API Advisory Committee Member, January 1995 – May 1999
• Chinese Health Educational Council Council Member, February 1995 - December 1999
• Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Hawaii Inc. Board Member and Treasurer, November 2001 – August 2003
• Hong Kong Business Association Disc Jockey for Health Radio Program, April 2003 – August 2003

Refereed Journal Articles

1. Wong-Kim E, Chilton JA, Goh SS, Gines V. Breast Health Issues of Undocumented Women in California and Texas. Journal of Cancer Education. 2009; 24(S2): S64-S67.
2. Chilton JA, Wong-Kim E, Guidry JJ, Gor BJ, Jones L. The Utility of a Connecting Framework to Facilitate Understanding of and Reduce the Disparities in Hospice Care Experienced by Racial and Ethnic Minorities. Primary Psychiatry. 2008; 15(10): 38-44.
3. Wong-Kim E, Sormanti M, Tang K. L, and Ngai S. Talking Cancer, Saving Lives: Breast Cancer Awareness Training for Health Professionals in Hong Kong. International Quarterly of Community Health Education. 2008; 28(4): 305-318. doi: 10.2190/IQ.28.4.d
4. Wong-Kim E. and Merighi J. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Pain Management in US and Foreign-Born Chinese Women with Breast Cancer. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2007; 18: 127-138.
5. Sun A, Zhang J, Tsoh J, Wong-Kim E. and Chow E. The Effectiveness in Utilizing Chinese Media to Promote Breast Health among Chinese Women. Journal of Health Communications. 2007; 12: 157-171.
6. Wong-Kim E and Wang C. Breast self-examination among Chinese immigrant Women. Health Education and Behavior. 2006; 33(5): 580-590. doi: 10.1177/1090198106290800
7. Wong-Kim E. and Bloom J. Depression experienced by young women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Psycho-Oncology. 2005; 14(7): 564-573. doi: 10.1002/pon.873
8. Wong-Kim E, Sun A, Merighi J, and Chow E. Understanding quality-of-life issues in Chinese women with breast cancer: A qualitative investigation. Cancer Control: Cancer Culture and Literacy Supplement. 2005; 6-12.
9. Duncombe E, Komorosky D, Wong-Kim E, Turner W. Free inside: A program to help inmates cope with life in prison at Maui community correctional center. Californian Journal of Health Promotion. 2005; 3(4): 48-58.
10. Sun A, Wong-Kim E, Stearman S, Chow E. Quality of life in Chinese patients with breast cancer. Cancer. 2005; 104 (12 Suppl): 2952-2954.
11. Langworthy C. and Wong-Kim E. Asian Americans with disabilities: Influence of the Disability Rights Movement on culturally competent social work practice. The Review of Disability Studies. 2004; 1(2): 80-87.
12. Wong-Kim E, Sun A, and DeMattos MC. Assessing Cancer Attitude in a Chinese Immigrant Community. Cancer Control. 2003; 10(5): 22-28.
13. Adler SR, Fosket J, Kagawa-Singer M, et al. Conceptualizing menopause and midlife: Chinese American and Chinese women in the US. Maturitas. 2000; 35(1): 17-29. doi: 10.1016/S0378-5122(00)00090-6
14. Wong-Kim E. The consumers perspectives on American health care system. Asian American and Pacific Islander Journal of Health. 1996; 4(1-3): 223-226.

Anthony Paul O Brien, RN, PhD

Associate Professor
Clinical Lead, HNE Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre
Hunter New England (HNE)/Newcastle University
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Medicine
James Fletcher Campus, Watt Street
Gate Cottage (Building six), NSW, 2300, Australia

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. O Brien is a Registered Nurse (mental health and general nursing) with extensive clinical experience in mental health community case management, acute mental health intake assessment and aged care. Dr. Brien has held clinical roles as a Registered Nurse at Peninsula Health CLIPS (Crisis Liaison Inpatient Psychiatric Service) Victoria (2010-11), Honorary Mental Health Nurse (National University Hospital) Singapore 2006-2008, RN8 case management (North Coast Area Health Service) Kempsey 2009) and Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) Mental Health (Port Macquarie, NSW) Mayne Health. As an academic, Associate Professor OBrien has provided curriculum consultation to nursing groups in Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, Brunei and Singapore; including curriculum review and development workshops. Over the last 25 years he has taught into mental health promotion, general nursing, research and undergraduate and postgraduate courses in six different universities.
His teaching skills and experience span small groups, problem based learning, simulation and clinical laboratory teaching, communication labs, large lectures and online teaching in the Blackboard and other integrated virtual learning environments. Dr. Brien established the clinical masters mental health program at Massey University in the late 90s. In 2006 he successfully prepared the National University of Singapore Bachelor of Science (BSc) Nursing for accreditation with the Singapore Nursing Board. At NUS he helped to design the state of the art simulation labs in the clinical science building contiguous to the National University Hospital. When at SCU Dr. Brien established the Coffs Harbour campus and the Port Macquarie campuses. He has published over 155 reports, monographs, book chapters and journal articles (71) combined; and presented more than 62 invited, plenary or keynote conference presentations - http://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/tony-obrien for a summary.
Dr. Brien has been at the forefront of nursing education in Australia as a teacher, in curriculum development and clinical education since becoming an academic. His Bachelor of Arts and Master of Educational Studieswere both acquired in support of a deliberate career direction as a nursing academic and educationalist. Dr. Brien has worked in roles from Clinical Supervisor of students in placements, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor. He has now held senior positions as Head of Department, Head of Campus, Program Coordinator and Senior Clinical Lead research.
His understanding of how Nursing and Midwifery schools work within faculty structures and also as standalone schools is extensive; covering staffing, financial, infrastructure procurement, timetabling and workloads, human resource, marketing and performance management perspectives. His career disruptions have involved bringing up three children as a proud father and staying current with clinical practice. Dr. Briens professional experience spans regional, rural and international university education, including Monash University, a group 8 university and the National University of Singapore (top 23 internationally). Dr. Brien has managed over 40 funded research projects during a 24 year career as a nurse academic. In recent years his growing research profile has focused on quality interventions, practice development, service re-design, models of care and clinical research to improve patient care. He has a diverse comprehensive background in nursing education and clinical practice and an international outlook in relation to the development of the profession.

His research interests include: Quality interventions, Practice development, Service re-design, Models of care and Clinical research to improve patient care.


• 2007 - Identified by ALCNS National University of Singapore (NUS) as an outstanding member of staff - As a token of appreciation invited by the Dean to attend a concert by the much celebrated Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM).
• 2006 - OBrien, A.P. Audit of the implementation of PBL in a Singapore Bachelor of Science Nursing program, National University of Singapore - Selected to present in the Pitch for Funds Round, Research in Medical Education, Medical Staff Lounge, NUH - 29 January. Merit Award for the abstract and presentation.
• 1990 - The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia, New South Wales Branch - Certificate of Commendation for bravery. Presented by the Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair.


• 2010 - Resource person Temasek Foundation Singapore
• 2009 - Registered Mental Health Nurse – Honorary, National University Health Service, Singapore from 18 February 2008.
• 2008 - Visiting Professor, Silliman University (June 1 2008 - May 31 2009). Dumaguete City, Philippines.
• 2008-10 Honorary Adjunct Associate Professor, National University of Singapore
• 2001 - 2010 Honorary Research Associate, Massey University, New Zealand.
• 2006 – 2010 Visiting Fellow, Southern Cross University, Australia
• 2014 - Higher Degree Research Supervisor, Central Queensland University


• 2015 NMBA (AHPRA) - Nurse – Registered Nurse (Division 1) with General Registration NMW0001094954 – May 31
• 2006 - 2010 Authority to practice Singapore Nursing Board (SNB);
• 1979 - 2010 Authority to practice NSW Nurses Midwives Board, NSW; Australia
• 1997 - 2006 Authority to practice Nursing Council of New Zealand;
• 1980 - Authority to practice United Kingdom Nursing Council


• 2013 - University of Newcastle, Health and Medicine, Faculty Board, School of Nursing and Midwifery representative;
• 2011- current – University of Newcastle, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Research Higher degrees committee;
• 2012 - current - Member of the Health and Behaviour - Priority Research Centre (PRC), Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI);
• 2012 - Steering/advisory group member for the Building Research and Interdisciplinary Collaborations (BRICS) (Nursing and Midwifery Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI);
• 2012 - current - Hunter New England, Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) – member monthly and LNR reviews regularly;
• Chief Editor Hunter New England Health local Health District (HNEHLHD) HNE Handover Journal Chair;
• 2012 - Hunter New England Health Local Health District (HNEHLHD) Primary and Community Health Framework for research - Steering Committee;
• 2012 - UNE Nursing External Advisory Committee – invited member 18th October 2012.
• 2012 - HNE Health Cultural Respect Education Program Internal Review working group – Final Report May completed;
• 2012 - NSW Ministry of Health, Clinical Supervision Support Project Advisory Committee, Clinical Education and Training Institute (CETI/HETI), Ministry of Health, Member of the committee by appointment.
• 2012-current - Hunter Health Nursing and Midwifery Research Committee
• 2011-current -University of Newcastle, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Post Graduate Course Advisory Committee;

1. Al-Mutair AS, Plummer V, Clerehan R, O Brien AT. Families needs of critical care Muslim patients in Saudi Arabia: A quantitative study. Nursing in Critical Care. 2014; 19(4): 185-195. doi: 10.1111/nicc.12039
2. Innes K, Morphet J, Brien OAP, Munro I. Caring for the mental illness patient in emergency departments-an exploration of the issues from a healthcare provider perspective. J Clin Nurs. 2014; 23: 13-14. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12437
3. O Brien AP, Giles M, Dempsey S, et al. Evaluating the preceptor role for pre-registration nursing and midwifery student clinical education. Nurse Education Today. 2014; 34(1): 19-24. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2013.03.015
4. Gow J, Collins E, Giles M, O Brien T. Developing a nurse-led clinic for patients with Parkinsons disease. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal. 2014; 21(10): 18.
5. Al Mutair AS, Plummer V, O Brien AP, Clerehan R. Providing culturally congruent care for Saudi patients and their families. Contemporary Nurse. 2014; 46(2): 254-258.
6. Chu H, Yang C, Y Lin, et al. The Impact of Group Music Therapy on Depression and Cognition in Elderly Persons with Dementia: A Randomized Controlled Study. Biological Research for Nursing. 2014; 16(2): 209-217. doi: 10.1177/1099800413485410
7. Al-Mutair AS, Plummer V, Clerehan, R, O Brien A. Needs and experiences of intensive care patients families: A Saudi qualitative study. Nursing in Critical Care. 2013. doi: 10.1111/nicc.12040
8. Al Mutair A, Plummer V, O Brien A, Clerehan R. Attitudes of healthcare providers towards family involvement and presence in adult critical care units in Saudi Arabia: A quantitative study. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 2013.
9. O Brien AP, Bloomer M J, McGrath P, et al. Considering Aboriginal palliative care models: the challenges for mainstream services. Rural Remote Health. 2013; 13(2): 2339. doi:
10. Bloomer MJ, O Brien AP. Palliative care for the person with a serious mental illness: The need for a partnership approach to care in Australia. Progress in Palliative Care. 2013; 21(1): 27-31.
11. Bloomer MJ, O Brien AP, Lock MCKMT. The Need for Rural and Regional Aboriginal Palliative Care Models. Journal of Palliative Care and Medicine. 2013; 3(4). doi: 10.4172/2165-7386.1000152
12. Al-Mutair A S, Plummer V, OBrien A, Clerehan R. Family needs and involvement in the intensive care unit: a literature review. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 2013; 22: 1805-1817. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12065
13. O Brien AP, Naik A, Gaskin CJ, Munro I, Bloomer MJ. The acceptability and efficacy of a group cognitive behavioural therapy programme, community mental health setting. Community Mental Health Journal. 2013; 49(3): 368-372.
14. O Brien AP, Bloomer M. Aboriginal palliative care and mainstream services. Australian Nursing Journal. 2012; 20(6): 39.
15. O Brien AP, OConnor M, Griffiths D, Bloomer MJ. Development and measurement of palliative care cultural standards using clinical indicators. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2012; 8(1): 3-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-7563.2011.01510.x
16. O Brien AP, McDonald VM, Maguire JM. Editorial: Nursing and midwifery research and scholarship in the Hunter New England Local Health District. HNE Handover. 2012; 5(1): 2-3.
17. Morphet J, Innes K, O Brien AP, et al. Managing people with mental health presentations in emergency departments: A service exploration of the issues surrounding responsiveness from a mental health care consumer and carer perspective. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal. 2012; 15(3): 148-155. doi: 10.1016/j.aenj.2012.05.003
18. O Connor M, O Brien AP, Bloomer M, et al. The environment of inpatient healthcare delivery and its influence on the outcome of care. HERD: Health Environments Research and Design Journal. 2012; 6(1): 104-116.
19. O Sullivan M, O Brien AP. The lifesaver framework: A metaphor for enhancing assessment for parents who present to mental health services and who have children. HNE Handover. 2012; 5(1): 24-27.
20. O Sullivan M, O Brien AP. The lifesaver model. Australian Nursing Journal. 2012; 20(1): 33-34.
21. Lowe G, Plummer V, O Brien AP, and Boyd L. Time to clarify - The value of advanced practice nursing roles in health care. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2012; 68(3): 677-685. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05790.x
22. O Brien AP, Parry A. Bachelor of Nursing students in general practice: a community nursing focus. Unknown Journal. 2011; 34.
23. Liang CH, Yang CY, Lu KC, et al. Factors Affecting Peritoneal Dialysis Selection in Taiwanese Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). International Nursing Review. 2011; 1-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2011.00913.x
24. O Brien AP, OConnor M, Griffiths D, Poon E, Payne S, Nordin R. The Ageing Crisis and Palliative Care in the Asia-Pacific Region. Australian Nursing Journal. 2011; 18(7): 39.
25. Niu SF, Chung MH, Chen CH, et al. The effect of shift rotation on employee cortisol profile, sleep quality, fatigue, and attention level: A Systematic Review. The Journal of Nursing Research: JNR. 2011; 19(1): 68-81. doi: 10.1097/JNR.0b013e31820c1879
26. He HG, Mackey S, O Brien AP, Ng E, Arthur DG. The use of video role play for teaching therapeutic communication skills. International Journal of Caring Sciences. 2011; 4(3): 154-161.
27. O Brien AP, Cross W, Higgs P, Munro I, Bloomer MJ, Chou KR. Australians living with and managing hepatitis C. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 2010; 31(8): 520-524. doi: 10.3109/01612841003629532
28. Liaw SY, Chen F, Klainin P, Bramme JD, O Brien AP, Samarasekera DD. Developing clinical competency in crisis event management: An integrated simulation problem-based learning activity. Advances in Health Sciences Education. 2010; 15(3): 403-413. doi: 10.1007/s10459-009-9208-9
29. O Brien AP, Holden C. Male reproductive health a priority for practice nurses. Australian Nursing Journal. 2010; 18(1): 44.
30. O Brien AP, Cross W, Higgs P, Munro I, Bloomer M. Nurse led CBT program for Indigenous people. Australian Nursing Journal. 2010; 17(8): 35.
31. O Connor MM, O Brien AP, Griffiths DL, et al. What is the meaning of palliative care in the Asia-Pacific region? Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2010; 6(3): 197-202. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-7563.2010.01315.x
32. Chen WC, Chu H, Lu R, et al. Efficacy of progressive muscle relaxation training in reducing anxiety in patients with acute schizophrenia. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 2011; 18(15): 2187-2196. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02773.x
33. Liaw SY, Chen FG, Klainin P, O Brien AP, Bremmer J, Samarasekera DD. Integrated Simulation problem-based Learning Activity. CDTHL Brief. 2011; 12(1): 1-2.
34. Yeh H, Tzeng,N, Chu H, et al. The Risk of Eating Disorders among Female Undergraduates in Taiwan. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. 2009; 23(6): 430-440. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2008.12.001
35. O Brien AP, Chan TMF, Cho MAA. Investigating nursing students perceptions of the changes in a nursing curriculum by means of the Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM) inventory: Results of a cluster analysis. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. 2008; 5(1): 25. doi: 10.2202/1548-923X.1503
36. O Brien AP, Cho M AA, Le AM, et al. The Need for Mental Health Promotion and Early Intervention Services for Higher Education Students in Singapore. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion. 2008; 10(3): 42-48. doi: 10.1080/14623730.2008.9721768
37. Nicholls D, Butterworth T, Owen S, et al. The Singapore summit: Integrating the 10 essential shared capabilities into an international research and clinical framework for mental health - The international standing conference for capability development for mental health. Asian Journal of Nursing. 2008; 11(1): 54-60.
38. O Brien AP, Arthur DG. Singapore nursing in transition: Perspectives from the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, National University of Singapore. Singapore Medical Journal. 2007; 48(10): 875-879.
39. Doran F, O Brien AP. A brief report of attitudes towards physical activity during pregnancy. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 2007; 18(2): 155-158.
40. O Brien AP, Arthur DG. Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (CCBT) in Singapore: A nursing anti-depression mental health promotion initiative. Australian Nursing Journal. 2007; 14(10): 39.
41. O Brien AP, Boddy J, Hardy D. Culturally specific process measures to improve mental health clinical practice: Indigenous focus. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 2007; 41(8): 667-674.
42. O Brien AP, Arthur D. From diploma to baccalaureate, Singapore nursing in transition, perspectives from the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (ALCNS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Singapore Medical Journal. 2007; 48(10): 875-879.
43. Brammer J, O Brien A. From shadow to mirror image - baccalaureate nursing clinical education at NUS. Singapore Nursing Journal. 2007; 34(3): 24-32.
44. O Brien AP, Gaskin CJ, OBrien AJ, Morrison-Ngatai E, Hardy D. Generation of statements for the development of clinical indicators for mental health nursing in New Zealand: Achieving a bicultural focus. Asian Journal of Nursing. 2007; 10(3): 184-190.
45. O Brien AP. Letter to the Editor - The State of Nursing in Singapore. Asian Journal of Nursing. 2007; 10(2): 80.
46. O Brien AP. Reflections on new directions in nursing education in Singapore. Asian Journal of Nursing. 2007; 10(2): 80-81.
47. O Brien AP, Woods M, Watson P, Alpass F. The development of a trans-cultural instrument designed to measure registered nurse attitudes to caring, technology and professional self: A New Zealand pilot study. Asian Journal of Nursing. 2007; 10(4): 218-227.
48. O Brien AP, Gaskin CJ, O Broem AJ, Morrison NE. Using focus groups to develop clinically and culturally valid clinical indicators for mental health nursing. Asian Journal of Nursing. 2007; 10(3): 184-190.
49. O Brien AP, Gaskin CJ, Hardy DJ. Administering the New Zealand Professional Practice Audit Questionnaire to mental health nurses in Australia based on the Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses standards. Asian Journal of Nursing. 2006; 9(1): 43-50.
50. O Brien AP. Moving toward culturally sensitive services for Indigenous people: a non-Indigenous mental health nursing perspective. Contemporary Nurse. 2006; 21(1): 22-31.
51. Stewart-Withers RR, O Brien AP. Suicide Prevention and Social Capital: A Samoan Perspective. Health Sociology Review. 2006; 15(2): 209-220.
52. Gaskin C, O Brien AP, Hardy DJ. The Assessment of the inter-rater reliability of an audit instrument for mental health nursing practice in New Zealand. Aus J Adv Nursing. 2006; 21(3): 14-19.
53. O Brien AP. Factors shaping indigenous mental health: an ethnographic account of growing up Koori from a Gubba perspective. Australian Journal of Holistic Nursing. 2005; 12(1): 11-20.
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56. Gaskin CJ, O Brien AP, Hardy DJ. Consumer notes clinical indicators: Determining inter-rater reliability with multiple raters, nominal categories and several cases. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2004; 21(3): 14-19.
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Nikki Mccaffrey, PhD

Health Economist
Department of Palliative and Supportive Services
Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC)
Rm 55 A Block, Repatriation General Hospital
Daw Park, SA 5041, Australia

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. McCaffrey is a Health Economist with the Australian Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC), a national collaboration of researchers engaged in Phase III studies in palliative care and Flinders Health Economics Group, Flinders University, South Australia. Nikki has a professional background in pharmacy and now specialises in health economics research in palliative and end-of-life care. Her original research includes: multiple outcomes comparison under uncertainty in health technology assessment; outcome measurement in palliative care economic evaluations, including the development of disease specific preference based economic measures; evaluation of community models of palliative care; and development of discrete choice attributes from qualitative data.

Her research interests includes: Health economics in palliative and end-of-life care, Economic evaluation in the hospice & palliative care setting, Patient-reported outcome measurement,Quality of life, preference-based instruments, Health technology assessment, Health services research, Informal caregiving and Public health.


• Clinical Oncological Society of Australia
• Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group
• International Health Economics Association
• International Society for Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research
• Australian Health Economics Society


1. McCaffrey N, Hardy J, Fazekas B, et al. Potential economic impact on hospitalisations of the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative(PaCCSC) katamine randomised controlled trial. Australian Health Review. 2015. doi: 10.1071/AG15012
2. McCaffrey N, Currow D. Separated at birth. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. 2015; 5(1): 2-3. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2015-000855
3. McCaffrey N, Agar M, Harlum J, Karnon J, Currow D, Eckermann S. Better informing decision making with multiple outcomes cost-effectivness analysis under uncertainty in cost-disutility space. PLoS ONE. 2015; 10(3): e0115544. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0115544
4. McCaffrey N, Gill L, Kaambwa B, et al. Important features of home-based support services for older Australians and their informal carers. Health & Social Care in the Community. 2015. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12185
5. Kaambwa B, Gill L, McCaffrey N, et al. Investigating older people and informal carers views and preferences for condsumer directed care. A Discrete Choice Experiment. Social Science & Medicine. 2015; 140: 81-94.
6. Kaambwa B, Gill L, McCaffrey N, et al. An empirical comparison of the OPQoL-Brief, EQ-%D-3L and ASCOT in a community dwelling populations of older people. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2015.
7. McCaffrey N, Skuza P, Breaden K, et al. Preliminart development and validation of a new end-of-life patient-reported outcome measure assessing the ability of patients to finalise their affairs at the end of life. PLoS ONE. 2014; 9(4): e94316. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094316
8. Hoefman R, Al-Janabi H, McCaffrey N, Currow D, Ratcliff J. Measuring caregiver outcomes in Palliative care: A construct validation study of two instruments for use in economic evaluations. Quality of Life Research. 2014. doi: 10.1007/s11136-014-0848-8
9. Currow D, McCaffrey N, Quinn S, et al. Double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised trial of octreotide in malignant bowl obstruction. Journal of pain and Symptom Management. 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2014.09.013
10. McCaffrey N, Agar M, Harlum J, Karnon J, Currow D, Eckermann S. Is home-based palliative care cost effective? An economic evaluation of the Palliative care Extended Packages at Home(PEACH) pilot?. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. 2013; 3: 431-435. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2012-000361
11. Al-Janabi H, McCaffrey N, Ratcliffe J. Carer preferences and healthcare decision-making. The Patient. 2013; 6: 235-239. doi: 10.1007/s40271-013-0035-y
12. Currow D, Burns C, Agar M, Phillips J, McCaffrey N, Abernethy AP. Palliative caregivers who would not take on the caring role again. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2011; 41(4): 661-672. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2010.06.017
13. McCaffrey N, Currow D, Eckermann S. Measuring impacts of value to patients is crucial when evaluating palliative care. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2009; 37(6): e7-e9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2008.11.010


1. McCaffrey N. Multiple outcomes cost-effectiveness analysis in cost-disutility space. In: Eckermann S, ed. Health economics from theory to practice: optimally informing joint decisions of research, reimbursement and regulation with health system budget constraints and community objectives. Adis International Limited, Mairangi Bay, North Shore, New Zealand; 2016.

Kye Y. Kim, MD

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Carilion Clinic;
Professor Faculty Affiliate
Department of Human Development at Virginia Tech
Roanoke, VA 24014, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Kim obtained his MD degree from Yonsei University’s College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea and finished his postgraduate training in adult psychiatry at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed his fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of South Florida in Tampa. After he completed his postgraduate training, he began his geriatric psychiatry career with the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center and SUNY at Buffalo. He subsequently cared for the veterans with dementing disorders for 26 years in the VA system. He is currently with Carilion Clinic-Center for Healthy Aging. Dr. Kim is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. He is also Professor Faculty Affiliate with the Department of Human Development at Virginia Tech.

His research interests include: Dementia care coordination, Neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia, and Grief and grief counseling in older adults.


• (2016) Outstanding Faculty of the Year (Patient Care), Carilion Clinic-Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Psychiatry Residency Training Program
• (2015) Certificate of Recognition for Exceptional Performance, Catawba Hospital, Catawba, VA, USA
• (2015) Certificate of Compassion, Catawba Hospital, Catawba, VA, USA
• (2014) Florence Nightingale Award (Patient Care), Carilion Clinic-Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Psychiatry Residency Training Program
• (2013) Outstanding Teacher of the Year (Community Psychiatry), Carilion Clinic-Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Psychiatry Residency Training Program
• (2011) Commendation for Dedicated Services, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salem, VA, USA
• (2010) Certificate of Appreciation for the Leadership of the Care Coordination Workgroup under VHA Dementia Steering Committee, Office of Geriatrics & Extended Care, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC, USA
• (2010) Certificate of Appreciation for Contributions to Integrated Ethics, VA Medical Center, Salem, VA, USA
• (2009 Outstanding Faculty Research Award of the Year, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Roanoke, VA, USA
• (2004) Team Award (Dementia Care Program), Veterans Affairs Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN) 6
• (2002, 2003), Special Contribution and Team Award, VA Medical Center Salem, VA, USA
• (2003) Special Recognition by the Central and Western Virginia Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association, Roanoke, VA, USA
• (1996) Special Contribution Award by VA Medical Center, Buffalo, NY, USA


1. Barman R, Detweiler MB, Kim KY. PTSD in combat veterans with cognitive decline: A case report. Federal Practitioner. 2016; 33: 17S-21S.
2. Detweiler MB, Sullivan K, Sharma T, Kim KY, Detweiler JG. Case reports of neuroleptic malignant syndrome in context of quetiapine use. Psychiatric Quarterly. 2013; 84: 523-541. doi: 10.1007/s11126-013-9264-4
3. Yeaman PA, Kim D, Alexander JL, Ewing H, Kim KY. Relationship of physical and functional independence and perceived quality of life of veteran patients with Alzheimers disease. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 2013; 30: 462-466. doi: 10.1177/1049909112453868.
4. Yeaman PA, Ford JL, Kim KY. Providing quality palliative care in end stage in Alzheimers disease. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 2013; 30: 499-502. doi: 10.1177/1049909112453644.
5. Ford JL, Linde BD, Gigliotti C, Kim KY. Grief experiences of three caregiving wives of veterans with dementia. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 2013; 30: 137-145. doi: 10.1177/1049909112446847
6. Sapra M, Sethi R, Chowdhury M, Kim K, Herbertson R. Utilization of antipsychotics in ambulatory elderly with dementia in an outpatient setting. Federal Practitioner. 2012; 29: 29-33. doi: http://www.fedprac.com/specialty-focus/mental-health/article/utilization-of-antipsychotics-in-ambulatory-elderly-with-dementia-in-an-outpatient-setting/5815ee8ba24dc6c46dd5d6db69ea7742/ocregister.html
7. Komelski MF, Kim KY, Malin-Christiansen H. Taiji self-care: Exploring a pilot self-care program for extended care nursing staff at a local veterans affairs medical center. Federal Practitioner. 2012; 29: 9-14.
8. Khachiyants N, Kim KY. Mini-mental status examination mapping to the corresponding brain areas in dementia. Applied Technologies & Innovations. 2012; 7: 55-58. doi: 10.15208/ati.2012.7
9. Detweiler MB, Sharma T, Lane S, et al. What is the evidence to support the use of therapeutic garden for the elderly and disabled? Psychiatry Investigation. 2012; 9: 100-110. doi: 10.4306/pi.2012.9.2.100
10. Ali R, Singh G, Iskandar J, Kim KY. A case of intention tremor induced by the combination of aripiprazole and lamotrigine-induced intention tremor. The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders. 2012; 14 (1).
11. Detweiler MB, Khachiyants N, Detweiler JG, Ali RM, Kim KY. Risperidone for nightmares of combat veterans: Four cases. Consultant Pharmacist. 2011; 26: 920-928.
12. Kumar S, Kodela S, Detweiler JG, Kim KY, Detweiler MB. Bupropion induced psychosis: Forklore or a fact? A systematic review of the literature. General Hospital Psychiatry. 2011; 33: 612-617.
13. Khachiyants N, Trinkle D, Son SJ, Kim KY. Sundown syndrome in persons with dementia: An update. Psychiatry Investigation. 2011; 8: 275-287.
14. Khachiyants N, Ali R, Kovesdy C, Detweiler JG, Kim, KY, Detweiler MB. Effectiveness of risperidone for the treatment of nightmares in veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. 2010; 30: 735-737.
15. Kim KY, Son SJ. Caregiver management of psychiatric disorders of the elderly with dementia. Journal of the Korean Medical Association. 2010; 53: 993-998.
16. Kim KY, Detweiler MB. Apathy in persons with alzheimers disease: An overview. Alzheimers Care Today. 2010; 11: 251-259.
17. Murphy PF, Miyazaki Y, Detweiler MB, Kim KY. Longitudinal analysis of agitation of a therapeutic wander garden of demented patients based on ambulation ability. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practices. 2010; 3: 355-373. doi: 10.1177/1471301210375336
18. Detweiler MB, Sharma T, Kim M, et al. The case for the use of restorative natural environment for veterans. Federal Practitioner. 2010; 1: 26-29.
19. Detweiler MB, Murphy PF, Kim KY, Myers LC, Ashai A. Scheduled medications and falls in dementia patients utilizing a wander garden. American Journal of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias. 2009; 24: 322-332. doi: 10.1177/1533317509334036
20. Sapra M, Kim KY. Anti-amyloid treatments in Alzheimers disease. Recent Patents on CNS Drug Discovery. 2009; 4: 143-148.
21. Detweiler MB, Mehra A, Rowell T, Kim KY, Bader G. Delirious mania and malignant catatonia: A report of three cases. Psychiatric Quarterly. 2009; 80: 23-40.
22. Detweiler MB, Murphy PF, Myer LC, Kim KY. Does a wander garden influence inappropriate behaviors in dementia residents? American Journal of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias. 2008; 23: 31-45. doi: 10.1177/1533317507309799
23. Kim KY, Detweiler MB. Preventing falls in older adults with dementia. Federal Practitioner. 2008; 25: 11-14.
24. Kim KY, Wood BE. An integrated approach to dementia care: How an integrated dementia care program can contribute to community awareness, patient care, education and research. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice. 2007; 6: 295-299.
25. Detweiler MB, Kalafat N, Kim KY. Drug-induced movement disorders in older adults: an overview for clinical practitioners. The Consultant Pharmacist. 2007; 22: 149-65. doi: 10.4140/TCP.n.2007.149
26. Detweiler MB, Kim KY, Taylor BY. Focused supervision of high-risk fall dementia patients: A simple method to reduce fall frequency incidence and severity. American Journal of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias. 2005; 20: 97-104. doi: 10.1177/153331750502000205
27. Kim KY, Wood BE, Wilson MI. Risk factors of Alzheimers disease: Overview for clinical practitioners. The Consultant Pharmacist. 2005; 20: 224-230.
28. Kim KY, Yeaman PA, Keene RL. End-of-life care for persons with Alzheimers disease. Psychiatric Services. 2005; 56: 139-141.
29. Kim KY, Ke V, Adkins LM. Donepezil for alcohol related dementia: A case report. Pharmacotherapy. 2004; 24: 419-421. doi: 10.1592/phco.24.4.419.33178
30. Detweiler MB, Kim KY, Bass J. Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy in cognitively compromised older adults: A geropsychiatric perspective. American Journal of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias. 2004; 19: 24-30. doi: 10.1177/153331750401900105
31. Kim, KY, Hall SB. Inpatient respite program in the VA System. Psychiatric Services. 2003; 54: 821-824.
32. Kim, KY, Bader GM, Kotlyar V, Gropper D. Treatment of delirium in older adults with quetiapine. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology. 2003; 16: 29-31. doi: 10.1177/0891988702250533
33. Wood BE, Kim KY, Harpold GJ. Psychiatric management of Huntingtons disease in extended care settings. Psychiatric Services. 2002; 53: 703-705.
34. Kim KY, Bader GM, Harpold GJ. Recognizing and treating Alzheimers disease. Federal Practitioner. 2002; 19: 52-58.
35. Kim KY, Jones E, Goldstein MZ. Mental health services for older adults in the VA system. Psychiatric Services. 2001; 52: 765-768.
36. Kim KY, Moles JK, Hawley JM. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors for aggressive behavior in dementia associated with head injury. Pharmacotherapy. 2001; 21: 498-504. doi: 10.1592/phco.21.5.498.34504
37. Kim KY, Craig J, Hawley JM. Seizure possibly related to fluvoxamine: A case report. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2000; 34: 1276-1278. doi: 10.1345/aph.10134
38. Miglani JS, Kim KY, Chahil R. Gammahydroxy butyrate withdrawal induced delirium: A case report. General Hospital Psychiatry. 2000; 22: 213-215.
39. Kim KY, Bader GM, Jones E. Citalopram for verbal agitation in patients with dementia. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology. 2000; 13: 53-55.
40. Kim KY, Palumbo LW, Persaud K. Diagnosis and treatment of somatization in the elderly. Home Healthcare Consultant. 1999; 6: 29-33.
41. Goldstein MZ, MaLossi RA, Kim KY, Young B. A Course in dementia for third year medical students. Academic Psychiatry. 1999; 23: 142-150. doi: 10.1007/BF03340042
42. Kim, KY, Hwang W, Narendran R. Acute liver damage possibly related to sertraline and venlafaxine ingestion. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 1999; 33: 381-382. doi: 10.1345/aph.18155
43. Helsley S, Sheikh T, Kim KY, Park SK. Electroconvulsive therapy in PTSD. American Journal of Psychiatry. 1999; 156: 494-495.
44. Kim KY, Palumbo LW, Ahrens KS. Managing older adults with aggressive behavior in the home setting. Home Healthcare Consultant. 1998; 5: 29-36.
45. Kim KY, Goldstein MZ. Treating older adults with psychotic symptoms. Psychiatric Services. 1997; 48: 1123-1126.
46. Hertzberg T, Leo RJ, Kim KY. Recurrent obsessive-compulsive disorder associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Psychosomatics. 1997; 38: 386-388. doi: 10.1016/S0033-3182(97)71446-4
47. Leo RJ, Kreeger JL, Kim KY. Cardiomyopathy associated with clozapine. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 1996; 30: 603-605.
48. Leo RJ, Kim KY. Clomipramine treatment of paraphilias in elderly demented patients. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology. 1995; 8: 123-124.
49. Hershey LA, Feldman BJ, Kim KY, Commichau C, Lichter DG. Tremor at onset: Predictor of cognitive and motor outcome in Parkinsons disease. Archives of Neurology. 1991; 48: 1049-1051. doi: 10.1001/archneur.1991.00530220069021
50. Kim KY, Hershey LA. Diagnosis and treatment of depression in the elderly. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine. 1988; 18: 211-221.
51. Hershey LA, Kim KY. Diagnosis and treatment of anxiety in the elderly. Rational Drug Therapy. 1988; 22: 1-6.


1. Kim KY. American Medical Directors Association. International Psychogeriatric Association Bulletin. 2008; 25: 24.
2. Kim KY. Sound off -meeting the challenge of dementia care. Federal Practitioners. 2006; 23: 32.
3. Kim KY, Ke V, Adkins LM. Donepezil for alcohol-related dementia. Review Series in dementia, Issue. Stockholm, Sweden: Published by Helix Communications; 2005: 1&2.
4. Kim KY. Medical Update: Memantine. Alzheimers Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter Newsletter. Spring Edition 2004.
5. Kim KY. Medical Update: Lewy Body Dementia. Alzheimers Association Blue Ridge Chapter of Virginia Newsletter. Spring Edition 2001.
6. Goldstein MZ, Kim KY. Trends in Geriatric Psychiatry. American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Newsletter. 1990; 11(12).
7. Goldstein MZ, Kim KY. Annotated Bibliography: Update of Publications in Geriatric Psychiatry. American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Newsletter. 1989-1991.


1. Luci K, Kim KY. Veterans Affairs Dementia Care Strategies as a Model. Dementia: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Management Strategies. Hauppauge, NY, USA: Nova Science Publishers, Inc; 2014: 17-32.
2. Sapra M, DeYoung N, Kim KY. Apathy in Dementia. Dementia: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Management Strategies. Hauppauge, NY, USA: Nova Science Publishers, Inc; 2014: 47-58.
3. Burggraf V, Kim K, Knight A. Healthy Aging: Principles and Clinical Practice for Clinicians. Philadelphia, PA, USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2014.
4. Ali R, Kim KY. Psychiatric Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation. In: Burggraf V, Kim K, Knight A, eds. Healthy Aging: Principles and Clinical Practice for Clinicians. Philadelphia, PA, USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2014: 443-457.
5. Kim KY. Waning cognition in the elderly. In: Kilgus M, Rae W, eds. Essential Psychopathology Casebook. New York, NY, USA: W. W. Norton & Company; 2014: 13-29.
6. Gillespie LB, Ford JL, Kim KY. End-of-Life care for veterans in extended care in veterans affairs healthcare system. In: Miller TW, ed. The Praeger Handbook on Veterans Health: History, Challenges, issues, and Developments. Westport, Connecticut, USA: Praeger Publishers; 2012: 195-216.
7. Kim KY, Wood BE. The Use of Serotonergic Agents in Dementia. In: Shirley AC, ed. Trends on Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors Research. Hauppauge, NY, USA: Nova Science Publishers; 2005: 145-156.
8. Goldstein MZ, Kim KY. Geriatric Psychiatry. In: Mogul KM, Dickstein LJ, eds. Career Planning for Psychiatrists. Washington, DC, USA: American Psychiatric Press; 1995: 197-210.