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KEYNOTE BIOS

  • Anthony Back, MD

    Anthony Back, MD, is Director of Palliative Care at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, an outpatient consultation service, and Professor of Medicine/Oncology at the University of Washington. His academic research focuses on improved patient-clinician communication. He is also head of a gastrointestinal oncology practice in the Seattle area, and an Affiliate Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Back received his bachelor’s from the Humanities Honors Program at Stanford University and his MD from Harvard Medical School.

  • Robert Chodo Campbell

    Rev. Robert Chodo Campbell, HCC co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the first Buddhist organization to offer fully accredited chaplaincy training in America. The organization delivers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service and meditation practice. In order to bring the work to a broader audience, he co-developed the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care Training Program. Chodo is part of the core faculty for the Buddhist Track in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling at NYZCCC’s education partner, New York Theological Seminary. He is Co-Director of Contemplative Care Services for the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center. Chodo is a dynamic, earthy, and visionary leader and teacher. His public programs have introduced thousands to the practices of mindful and compassionate care of the living and dying. 30,000 people listen to his podcasts each year.

    His groundbreaking work has been widely featured in the media, including the PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and in numerous print publications such as the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. He also authored the chapter “The Turning of the Dharma Wheel in Its Many Forms” in the book The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work, Wisdom Publications, 2012. He is a Senior Zen Buddhist monk, Dharma Teacher, and senior chaplain.

  • Michael Kearney, MD

    Dr. Michael Kearney, MD, has over 30 years experience in palliative care. He is especially interested in combining medical treatment with approaches that enhance the innate healing capacities of body and mind. (Co-speaking with Radhule Weininger.)

  • Judy Lief

    Judy Lief is a Buddhist teacher, author, and editor of Buddhist texts. She divides her time between teaching, writing, editing, and service. Judy is a member of the Madison-Deane Initiative, a Vermont-based group dedicated to improving the quality of care at the end of life. She has served on the Board of Trustees of Naropa University since 1986. Judy was a close student of Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who trained and empowered her as a teacher in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the current head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage recognized Ms. Lief as a senior teacher, or “acharya.” Judy worked closely with Trungpa Rinpoche as executive editor of Vajradhatu Publications, as head of study and practice for Vajradahtu Seminaries, and from 1980-1985 as the Dean of Naropa University. Currently she is the Executive Editor of Vajradhatu Publications and the Series Editor for the Dharma Oceans series, a collection of Trungpa Rinpoche’s work published by Shambhala Publications, Boston. Judy is married to Chuck Lief and has two lovely daughters, as well as two grandchildren. When she is not traveling, she enjoys gardening and playing with her dog, Loki.

  • Diane E. Meier, MD

    Dr. Diane E. Meier is Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization devoted to increasing the number and quality of palliative care programs in the United States. Under her leadership the number of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals has more than tripled in the last 10 years. She is also Vice-chair for Public Policy and Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; and Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. In 2009-2010, she was a Health and Aging Policy Fellow in Washington, DC. Awards include a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius award’ Fellowship in 2008; HealthLeaders recognition as one of 20 Americans who make health care better in 2010; the American Cancer Society’s 2012 Medal of Honor for Cancer Control in recognition of her pioneering leadership of the effort to bring palliative care into mainstream medicine; and the American Geriatrics Society Edward Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture Award in 2013.

  • Bruce (B.J.) Miller, MD

    Dr. Bruce (B.J.) Miller, M.D. executive director of the Zen Hospice Project. He is also a hospice and palliative care specialist who treats hospitalized patients with terminal or life-altering illness at UCSF Medical Center. He also sees patients in a palliative care clinic, the Symptom Management Service, of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

    Miller, a native of Chicago, studied art history as an undergraduate at Princeton University. He worked for several years for art and disability-rights nonprofit organizations before earning a medical degree at UCSF. He completed an internal medicine residency at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, where he was chief resident, and a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Harvard Medical School, working at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In his work, he connects art, spirituality and medicine in end-of-life care. Miller is an assistant clinical professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. He has a grant from the Fetzer Foundation to help integrate spirituality with the health of mind and body into medical education.

  • Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN

    Rev. Dr. Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the first Buddhist organization to offer fully accredited chaplaincy training in America and the organization delivers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service and meditation practice. In order to bring the work to a broader audience, he co-developed the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care Training Program. Koshin is the Advisor for the Buddhist Track students in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling at NYZCCC’s education partner, New York Theological Seminary. Koshin is the Director the Zen Center’s Certificates in Contemplative Studies. He is the Co-Director of Contemplative Care Services for the Department of Integrative Medicine, and serves as the Chaplaincy Supervisor for the Pain and Palliative Care Department at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center where he also serves on the Medical Ethics Committee.

    Koshin is a dynamic, original, and visionary leader and teacher. His public programs have introduced thousands to the practices of mindful and compassionate care of the living and dying. 30,000 people listen to his podcasts each year. His groundbreaking work has been widely featured in the media, including the PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and in numerous print publications such as the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. He is the co-author of the chapter “Rituals and Resilience,” in the book, Creating Spiritual and Psychological Resilience, Routledge, 2009. He also authored the chapter “The Jeweled Net: What Dogen and the Avatamsaka Sutra Can Offer Us as Spiritual Caregivers,” in the book The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work, Wisdom Publications, 2012. He is a Senior Zen Buddhist Monk, Dharma Teacher and student, ACPE Supervisor and Jungian psychotherapist.

  • Radhule Weininger, PhD, MD

    Dr. Radhule Weininger, PhD, MD, has taught meditation and studied Buddhist psychology for 30 years. As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist also trained in dreamwork, she has noted the ways in which dreamwork is particularly compatible with meditation practice. (Co-speaking with Michael Kearney.)

SPECIAL GUEST 

  • Marie Howe

    Marie Howe was born in 1950 and received her MFA from Columbia University in 1983. Her debut volume, The Good Thief, was selected by Margaret Atwood as winner of the 1987 Open Competition of the National Poetry Series, published in 1988 by Persea Books. Since then, she has published two more collections, What the Living Do (W. W. Norton, 1998) and The Kingdom of the Ordinary (2008). In 1995, she edited (with Michael Klein) the anthology In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. About her work, the poet Stanley Kunitz has said, “Marie Howe’s poetry is luminous, intense, and eloquent, rooted in an abundant inner life.” Her awards include a fellowship at the Bunting Institute, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She has served on the faculty of several schools, including Tufts University and Dartmouth College. She currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence, New York University, and Columbia University in New York City, where she lives with her daughter. In August 2012 she was named the State Poet Laureate of New York State.

MODERATOR

  • Roshi Enkyo O’Hara, PhD

    Roshi Enkyo O’Hara, PhD, is the Abbot of the Village Zendo (Dotokuji). Enkyo Roshi is a Zen Priest and certified Zen Teacher in the Soto tradition. She studied with Roshi John Daido Loori of Zen Mountain Monastery and Taizan Maezumi Roshi of the Zen Center of Los Angeles/Zen Mountain Center. In 1997 she received Shiho (dharma transmission) from Roshi Bernie Tetsugen Glassman and in June, 2004, she received inka from him in an empowerment ceremony held at the House of One People in Montague, MA. Roshi currently serves as Co-Spiritual Director of the Zen Peacemaker Family, a spiritual, study and social action association. Enkyo Roshi’s focus is on true self-expression, peacemaking, and HIV/AIDS activism. She holds a PhD in Media Ecology and taught multimedia at New York University for over 20 years.

YOGA TEACHER

  • Jennifer Stebbins, MSS, LCSW

    Jennifer Stebbins, MSS, LCSW, RYT200. Jenn received her certification from Living Yoga Teacher Training, is registered with the Yoga Alliance, and teaches yoga at Living Yoga Studios in Cold Spring, NY. A dedicated student of yoga with a regular meditation practice, Jenn embraces teaching to share her love of yoga and commitment to wellness. She experiences and presents yoga as the “total package”: a way of life that optimizes well-being by opening and strengthening the physical body, calming and focusing the mind, and cultivating the spirit. Her classes, suitable for all levels, incorporate movement that is both grounded and graceful, focusing on correct alignment and healing use of the breath. Jenn is also trained and licensed as a psychotherapist and went on to become a healthcare administrator. Her professional background includes clinical and administrative work in a city hospital, school and community-based settings, and a private practice, with additional training in facilitation of stress management and workplace wellness programs. She served as the Director of Children and Family Services for the Mental Health Association of Rockland County, Inc. before accepting her current position in New York City as the Development and Communications Officer for one of the city’s oldest non-profit social service organizations.

WORKSHOP LEADERS

  • Ann Allegre, MD FACP FAAHPM

    Ann Allegre MD began working part-time as a hospice medical director in 1988 while practicing primary care internal medicine.  She became a full-time hospice and palliative medicine specialist in 1999.  She has worked for Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care since 1995 and was the medical director for Providence Medical Center Palliative Care Consult Service (Kansas City, KS) from 2000-2011.

    Dr. Allegre is Clinical Associate Professor for the University of Kansas School of Medicine and serves as a faculty member for the palliative medicine fellowship program.  She has lectured frequently to professional audiences in the Kansas City region on topics such as symptom management, communication with patients, and spiritual issues at end of life.  She is a physician trainer for the Spiritual Care Program, serving as faculty for the Contemplative End-of-Life Care Certificate Program offered in partnership with Naropa University.

    Dr. Allegre was awarded the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Community Leadership Award in 2007.  She was also honored in 2011 with the Hastings Center-Cunniff Dixon senior physician award in palliative care.

  • Dr. Heidi L. Blake

    Dr. Heidi L. Blake is a palliative care physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where she attends on the Inpatient Palliative Care Service. Dr. Blake completed medical school at Tufts University. She pursued residency training in internal medical at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and fellowship training in the Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Blake’s interests include improving care for people with serious illness as well as the integration of mindfulness practices into clinical work to improve health care professionals’ well being and patient care. She has co-developed and co-led a mindfulness program for medical trainees that introduces mindfulness practices, including meditation and yoga, narrative, and literature to help enhance trainees’ well being, professionalism, and humanism. She recently completed the Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

  • Craig D. Blinderman, MD

    Dr. Craig D. Blinderman, M.D., is currently the director of the Adult Palliative Medicine Service at Columbia University Medical Center and serves on the advisory board for the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He was previously an attending physician on the Palliative Care Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital and directed the MGH Cancer Pain Clinic. Dr. Binderman received his M.A. in philosophy from Columbia before earning his medical degree from Ben Gurion University in Israel. He completed both a residency in Family Medicine and a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in NY. He then went on to complete a medical ethics fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Blinderman has published articles and chapters on early palliative care in lung cancer patients, medical ethics, existential distress, symptom assessment and quality of life in chronic lung and heart failure patients, as well as pain management in hematology and oncology patients and patients with a history of substance abuse. He is currently the section editor for Case Discussions in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. His academic interests include: decision-making at the end of life, the role of palliative care in public health, medical ethics, and the integration of palliative care in critical care medicine. He also has a strong interest in teaching and developing programs to improve students and residents’ skills in communication and care for the dying.

  • Kirsten DeLeo, MA

    Kirsten Deleo has studied and practiced Buddhism since 1994. Under the guidance of Tibetan Buddhist master Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, she completed a three-year retreat.

    Trained in Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy she has been active in the hospice movement since the early 90’s. She served as a volunteer at the Zen hospice in San Francisco and has worked as volunteer coordinator and spiritual care counselor for people facing major life transitions.

    She currently works as International Trainer for the Spiritual Care Program, a non-denominational outreach organization providing care and education for both healthcare workers and the public. Spiritual Care is part of Rigpa, an international network of Buddhist centers founded by Sogyal Rinpoche and under the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

    Since 2003 Kirsten is serving on the faculty for Spiritual Care’s Contemplative End-of-Life Care Certificate Program offered in partnership with Naropa University. Kirsten is known for her warmth and her clarity. She lives in upstate New York near the Rigpa’s North American retreat center, The Center for Wisdom and Compassion, Berne, NY.

  • Martin H. Ehrlich, MD, MPH

    Dr. Martin H. Ehrlich, MD, MPH, Licensed Acupuncturist,Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician, is the Medical Director of The Beth Israel Continuum Center for Health and Healing. A graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and School of Public Health and The American College of Acupuncture and Chengdu College of Traditional Chinese Medicine; he practices Integrative Medicine, combining the best of Eastern and Western traditions to provide patients with effective modalities to promote healing and well being. He studies, practices and teaches nutrition, yoga, meditation relaxation and breath awareness.

  • Cara Geary

    Cara Geary is an Associate Professor and Neonatologist at UTMB.  She earned her undergraduate degree, a PhD in Physiology and her MD at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  She trained in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Seattle and then in Neonatology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  She joined the Neonatology faculty at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 2003.  In addition to taking care of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, Dr. Geary is the founder and Director of UTMB’s Perinatal Hospice Program.  She is also a certified ‘Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction’ teacher and offers courses and workshops on meditation to UTMB employees, students and the surrounding community.  She directs the Pediatric Resident Research program and is involved in mentoring five different research projects.  She is the Principal Investigator for UTMB’s Inpatient Reiki Initiative and research project.  She teaches Energy Medicine and the Art of Healing to medical students at UTMB.  In addition, she coordinates Galveston’s local Zen group.  Despite her work commitments, Dr. Geary takes the month of February each year to sit a month long silent retreat at Furnace Mountain Zen Center in Kentucky.

  • Seigan Ed Glassing

    Seigan Ed Glassing studied drawing and painting at Pratt Institute and became interested in Buddhism through art. He began formal Zen practice in 1985 at the Zen Studies Society, NYC. For eight years he lived and practiced at their Catskill Monastery and was ordained a Zen Buddhist monk in 1991. He also studied for four years at Shogen-ji, a Zen monastery in Japan. Upon his return he was made co-director of the New York Zendo and was its senior monk for twelve years. Interested in a more engaged Buddhism, he began training as a Buddhist Chaplain with The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He has interned at VNS Hospice at Beth Israel and is currently Resident Chaplain at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Seigan has worked with palliative care, oncology, intensive care and psychiatric units at NYPH. He leads several meditation groups in the hospital for patients and staff; brings his art into his work, and gives talks on Zen and contemplative care.

     

  • Fernando Kawai, MD

    Dr. Kawai is a Geriatrician and Palliative Care physician and works as an attending physician and key faculty member at New York Hospital Queens. He graduated from the Harvard Geriatrics Fellowship Program from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA and completed his Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA.  Dr. Kawai also worked for two years as an Instructor in Medicine/ Academic Hospitalist at Harvard Medical School/ Mt Auburn Hospital. Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Fernando completed residency and Chief Medical Residency in Internal Medicine at New York Medical College. He presented much of his work at national meetings of the American Geriatrics Society and American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  His clinical interests include inpatient geriatrics, inpatient palliative care and end-of-life care for Ethnic Minorities. He has extensive volunteer experience providing medical care to a number of Indian Tribes in the Amazon Rain Forest in Brazil.  He has been recognized with numerous awards including the “New Clinician Educator Award” from Harvard Medical School and also a “Leadership Recognition Award” from Stanford University, and an award for “Exceptional Humanistic Qualities”, and “Merit of Honor” for his work with underserved minorities. Fernando lived in Japan and has practiced meditation in Asia (Japan, Thailand, and India) and New York.  Fernando plays the piano and has performed in jazz clubs, private parties, and benefit shows sponsored by UNICEF and the American Cancer Society.  He has backpacked throughout Asia, Europe, North and South America, hiked in the Himalayas, and enjoys long distance cycling and running.   He also loves to spend time with his wife Julienne and his two sons Antonio and Mariano.

  • Bradley Lewis MD, PhD

    Bradley Lewis MD, PhD is a practicing psychiatrist and an associate professor at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He has affiliated appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. Lewis writes and teaches at the interface of medicine, humanities, and cultural studies. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Medical Humanities and his recent books are Narrative Psychiatry: How Stories Shape Clinical Practice and Depression: Integrating Science, Culture, and Humanities. His current research project is devoted to happiness, spirituality, and cares of the self in postmodern times.

  • Stephen Liben, MD

    Stephen Liben, MD, is a mostly ego-bound, unenlightened associate professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University and medical director of The Montreal Children’s Hospital Pediatric Palliative Care Program. He has many years of personal experience with greed, anger and delusion to motivate his ongoing practice and is currently living the question of how to integrate contemplative practice in medical education.

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  • Joshua Moses, PhD

    Joshua Moses is Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Haverford College.  Joshua has worked with Nunatsiavut Inuit communities in northern Labrador on inequality, dispossession, migration and identity in the context of recent land claims. He has conducted research in the Northwest Territories on migration, housing and homelessness.  Following the attacks of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, he worked religious leaders engaged in national and international disaster response and preparedness.  He has trained as a hospital chaplain and has been involved with NYZCCC since its beginnings.

  • Debra Rodgers RN, CHPN, OCN

    Debra Rodgers is an oncology and former palliative care nurse at Cottage Health System in Santa Barbara, California.  She is an End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) trainer and a graduate of Metta Institute’s End of Life Care Practitioner Program.  She has completed the Sacred Art of Living and Dying Program with Richard Groves and Comprehensive Bereavement Skills Training with Alan Wolfert.  Debra is currently conducting qualitative research studying the benefits of a bathing and honoring practice as part of routine nursing aftercare when a patient dies in an acute care hospital setting.  Debra began her mindfulness meditation practice when she entered nursing school and is now a student of Thich Nhat Hanh, practicing as an aspirant in the Order of Interbeing.  Contemplative care has been central in the work she does as a nurse from the very beginning. She can be contacted at dlrodgers27@gmail.com or drodgers@sbch.org.

  • Bridget Sumser, MSW

    Bridget Sumser, MSW is currently the Social Work Fellow in the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center. She has many years of experience in hospice care as a volunteer, family member and most recently, social work intern. She is a Fellow in NYU’s Zelda Foster Studies Program for Palliative and End Of life Care. Before pursuing her clinical training, she worked in nonprofit program development and strategic planning. Her meditation and yoga practices are integral to her work – she is deeply interested in developing channels to hone self-awareness in clinicians and practitioners within health care to improve self care, reduce burnout and improve patient outcomes.

  • Jane deLima Thomas

    Jane deLima Thomas trained in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Yale before doing her palliative care fellowship training at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.  She is currently a full-time palliative care physician at Dana Farber and the Associate Director for the Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program.  Her interests include communication skills in end of life care, professionalism in medicine, and the personal experience of clinicians caring for terminally ill patients.

  • Sandra Salzillo, MA, CAGS LMHC APA

    Sandra’s undergraduate degree was in the fine and applied arts and for several years she pursued a career in the field of illustration and design. In 2001 she obtained a graduate degree in Holistic Counseling from Salve Regina University in Newport RI where she also received an Advanced Graduate Degree in Mental Health, along with a certification as an Expressive Arts Facilitator.

    Since 2005 Sandra has worked as a mental health clinician in The Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence RI, where she provides extended counseling as well as facilitates an Expressive Arts Therapy support group for women diagnosed with cancer.

    In 2009 Sandra received a certification as an Archetypal Pattern Analyst from the Assisi Institute in Brattleboro Vt.

    Along with maintaining a private practice Sandra is an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University as well as a senior faculty member of The Assisi Institute.

  • M. Kay Sandor, PhD, RN, LPC, AHN-BC

    M. Kay Sandor, PhD, RN, LPC, AHN-BC, is a professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Nursing at Galveston, and an Associate Member of the Institute for the Medical Humanities. She teaches in the graduate nursing program and has developed a nationally recognized inter-professional course for medical, nursing, and allied health students entitled “Spirituality and Clinical Care.” Her specialty as a nurse psychotherapist is grief and loss and working with the actively dying. She has completed the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) training as well as the End of- Life Care Practitioner Program at the Metta Institute. Most recently, Dr. Sandor has also completed the course “Being with Dying” at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, N.M. She is also a Veriditas ™ labyrinth facilitator and has facilitated over a hundred labyrinth walks for hospital staff, students, and community members. She can be contacted at: kay.sandor@gmail.com or ksandor@utmb.edu.

  • John Sheeran

    In his role as Chaplain for Beacon Hospice, John provides spiritual care and bereavement support in benefit for the patients, families and staff associated with home-based care, skilled nursing, and assisted living facilities in Southeastern MA.

    John, a Buddhist practitioner, received his formal theological training in New York and as a faculty member of the Philosophy and Religious Studies department at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY.  He taught both on campus and in several maximum security New York State Correctional Facilities.

    John moved into the work of serving those with life-limiting illness in 1989 when he became aware that one of his students at Sing Sing Prison, who was diagnosed with AIDS, was put in solitary confinement and charged with “attempting to destroy State’s property” after a failed suicide attempt.

    After more than 14 years of experience in the field of HIV/AIDS, John began his work with hospice in 2003, first as a licensed massage therapist gathering data for a NIH funded study conducted to measure the effect of moving touch on end-of-life symptoms and then as a spiritual care provider.

    John is married and lives with his family on Cape Cod.

  • Larry Skendzel, MD.

    Larry P. Skendzel

    M.D is board certified in palliative medicine and family medicine.  He practices as a medical director in Marquette Michigan at Jacobetti Home for Veterans and Lake Superior Hospice.  He also has a consulting practice in palliative medicine in the community and teaches medical students and residents through the Michigan State Medical School.  He has completed programs including EPEC, the Palliative Care Education Program at Harvard, and the Metta Institute’s year-long program in End of Life Care.  He can be contacted at lpskendz@chartermi.net

  • Morgan Stebbins, MDiv, LMSW, Certified Jungian Analyst, DMin

    Morgan Stebbins, LMSW, DMin, NCPsyA, Certified Jungian Analyst, is a Jungian Analyst with a practice both in Manhattan and also in the Cold Spring/Garrison, N.Y. area.  He was the Director of Training of the JPA (Jungian Psychoanalytic Association) and continues to serve as a faculty member of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York.  Morgan began his ongoing Zen studies with Richard Baker Roshi at the San Francisco Zen Center in the late 70’s and was also a resident at their nearby monastery, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center.  His teaching integrates depth psychology with the wisdom of ancient traditions.  In his analytic practice, the meaning of archetypal symbols that arise in each person orients the direction of the work.

  • Jane deLima Thomas

    Jane deLima Thomas trained in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Yale before doing her palliative care fellowship training at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.  She is currently a full-time palliative care physician at Dana Farber and the Associate Director for the Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program.  Her interests include communication skills in end of life care, professionalism in medicine, and the personal experience of clinicians caring for terminally ill patients.

 

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