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Moderators of Initiating End-of-Life Care Conversations and GHDonline staff

Panelists

Work Location

  • United States

Organization

  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Bio

Medical Officer, Advocate of Pain Control Access Palliative Care Expert and Educator Pain Policy Consultant, Member Founder of Rwanda Palliative Care and Hospice Organization (RPCHO) Scientific Advisory Committee of Harvard Global Equity Initiative (HGEI) Dr. Christian Ntizimira is former Head of Palliative Care Services and Former Director of Kibagabaga District Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda. A Palliative Care Expert and Educator, Dr. Ntizimira pioneered integration of end of life care into health services rendered to Rwandan patients with chronic illnesses in acute care and community settings. Through his program, more than 1000 health care providers and community health workers have learned the principles of palliative care leading to a five-fold increase in prescription of morphine, an essential pain medication. He is a 2013-2016 Palliative Medicine Fellow at the McConnell Heart Health Center Homereach Hospice in Columbus, Ohio and 2014-2015 African Pain Policy Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Pain & Policy Studies Group/World Health Organization. Dr. Ntizimira is a Research collaborator & member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative - Lancet Commission on Global Access to Pain Control and Palliative Care (GAPPCP). He is also a member of the International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care, the Rwanda Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and the Rwanda Medical Association. Dr. Ntizimira holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Rwanda and received his palliative Care Education training at Harvard Medical School Palliative Care Education & Practice. Dr. Ntizimira serves on the Rwandan Ministry of Health Non Communicable Diseases Synergies Group and the National Palliative Care Policy Group.

Work Location

  • Rwanda

Organizations

  • Harvard Global Equity Initiative - HGEI
  • Ministry of Health, Rwanda
  • Rwanda Medical Association
  • Rwanda Palliative Care and Hospice Organization

Bio

Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN-BC, AOCNP, Dr. Sheldon is a teacher, scientist, nurse practitioner, and author driven to improve health and cancer care and reduce health disparities through international collaborations, translational research and nursing education. With internal and extramural funding, she has developed a program of research focused on understanding the impact of psychosocial communication on cancer care outcomes. Her postdoctoral and doctoral research focused on linking psychosocial communication between providers and patients to link this communication with outcomes in cancer care. Dr. Sheldon works as an Associate professor at UMass Boston, an Associate Member at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and consultant and volunteer for international organizations such as ASCO’s International Cancer Corps, the Middle East Cancer Consortium, Health Volunteers Overseas, and the Honduran Mission Team to develop collaborations to improve health and education in countries around the globe. Dr. Sheldon presents locally, nationally and internationally on psychosocial communication in cancer and palliative care, and nursing leadership to improve cancer care outcomes globally. The author of numerous articles, chapters and books, she currently serves as the Editor of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.

Work Locations

  • Bangladesh
  • Cameroon
  • Honduras
  • Oman
  • Turkey

Organizations

  • Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • University of Massachusetts Boston

Bio

Nathan Kottkamp is a the Founder and Chair of National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16, www.nhdd.org. Nathan is a partner in the healthcare group of McGuireWoods, in Richmond, VA. He has a Masters in Bioethics in addition to his J.D.

Work Location

  • United States

Organization

  • National Healthcare Decisions Day