Contemplative Care Symposium

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care in partnership with The Garrison Institute presents the Fourth Biennial Contemplative Care Symposium, Building a Community of Care, Thursday-Sunday, November 8-11, 2018.

NYZCCC’s mission, to transform the culture of care through contemplative practice, meeting illness, aging, and death with compassion and wisdom, is at the heart of this symposium. You will meet thought leaders, healthcare advocates, professional caregivers, spiritual care providers, community leaders, innovators, and dedicated volunteers from around the country who, like you, are on the front line of our rapidly changing and increasingly strained healthcare system.

Through experiential learning, keynote addresses, workshops, conversations with your colleagues at dinner, in the hallways, and as you walk the beautiful grounds at the Garrison Institute, a renovated monastery located on the banks of the historic Hudson River, we will come together to build a community of care.

Scholarships are available on a need basis.  Please contact Katherine Gray at Katherine@zencare.org or (212) 677-1087 for more information.  

“It is rare to gather with others who recognize the spiritual dimension of human suffering as well as the deep desire of patients and caregivers for wholeness and healing. This symposium recognizes these needs and will inspire and train us to approach care through a contemplative lens.  We will all benefit from this one-of-a-kind experience.”

-Dr. Craig Blinderman, Division Chief, Adult Palliative Medicine Columbia University Medical Center/New-York Presbyterian Hospital

Indeed, a precedent has been set that relationship-centered care has utility to support critical life transitions. Within this modality, caregivers are more able to meet the needs of their patients, while addressing their own need for resilience and ease.

Who should attend?

Social workers, nurses, physicians, healthcare advocates, hospice workers, volunteer and family caregivers, researchers, chaplains, physician assistants.

CEU & CME CREDITS  

13.75 hours of CME’s and CEU’s credits available for eligible doctors, nurses, and social workers.

Doctors

CME application currently in process with Atlantic Health System.

Social Workers 

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0192. The number of clinical social work continuing education contact hours is 13.75.

Nurses

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care is an Approved Provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium is approved for 13.75 contact hours.

Keynotes Speakers

Amy Berman, Dr. Ira Byock, Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell, Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, Frank Ostaseski, Rev. Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, and more…

Click here for complete bios of keynote speakers.

About New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care  

Transforming the way we need illness, aging, and death is the work of NYZCCC. Now in its 11th year, it uniquely brings together the three core elements of providing care, training caregivers, and supporting contemplative practice.

NYZCCC defines contemplative care as a multi-faith, relationship-centered approach to care that draws on the contemplative practice of the caregiver as the primary source of wisdom and loving action. We dare to be brave and creative, becoming intimate with our own suffering in order to alleviate the suffering of others.

NYZCCC’s ZenCare team provides care at New York City healthcare facilities helping to ensure that no one dies alone, and provides one-on-one direct care at end-of-life, as well as grief and bereavement counseling on a sliding scale so no one is turned away.

We have created an extensive educational curriculum accredited by New York State Education Department and the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.  Through a partnership with New York Theological Seminary, NYZCCC established the first accredited Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program in the country. We also offer an extensive compliment of workshops, classes, lectures, retreats and meditation opportunities.

About The Garrison Institute 

The Garrison Institute is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization committed to harnessing the power of contemplative wisdom and practices — from many traditions, and in many contemporary contexts — to build a more compassionate and resilient future for all. Located in a renovated former monastery on the Hudson River just an hour north of Manhattan, the Institute’s retreat facility provides a place of refuge, reflection, and restoration for thousands of people from all walks of life. Their programs explore the intersection between contemplation and engaged action in the world as they work to incubate new fields, build networks, and develop new pathways, rooted in a mix of both spiritual and secular understanding, that lead to deep and lasting social transformation.

Please register for the 2018 Contemplative Care Symposium through the Garrison Institute website.

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KEYNOTE BIOS

  • Ira Byock, MD

    Ira Byock, MD is a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life. He serves as Chief Medical Officer for the Institute for Human Caring of Providence Health and Services, based in Torrance, CA. Dr. Byock is Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He served as Director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire from 2003 through July 2013. Dr. Byock has authored numerous articles on the ethics and practice of care. His research led to conceptual frameworks for the lived experience of advanced illness, subjective quality of life measures, and effective life-completion counseling. His leadership in development of groundbreaking prototypes for concurrent care of people through the end of life has been foundational to advancing patient-centered care. Byock’s first book, Dying Well, (1997) became a standard in the field of hospice and palliative care. The Four Things That Matter Most, (2004) is used as a counseling tool widely by palliative care and hospice programs, as well as within pastoral care. The Best Care Possible (March 2012) tackles the crisis that surrounds serious illness and dying in America and his quest to transform care through the end of life. More information is available at Ira.Byock.org

  • Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell

    Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. 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 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 teaches in the University of Arizona Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship.
    Chodo is a dynamic, earthy, and visionary leader and teacher, Chodo has traveled extensively in the U.S teaching in various institutions as well as bearing witness to the suffering of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe and South Africa. 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 passion lies in bereavement counseling and advocating for change in the way our healthcare institutions work with the dying. His work has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, Tricycle, Parabola and other media outlets. He is a recognized Soto Zen Teacher with the American Zen Teachers Association, White Plum Asanga, and Soto Zen Buddhist Association.

  • Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN

    Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the first Zen-based organization to offer fully accredited ACPE clinical chaplaincy training in America. NYZCCC delivers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service, and meditation practice. Paley Ellison is the academic advisor for the Buddhist students in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling program at NYZCCC’s education partner, New York Theological Seminary. He has served as the co-director of Contemplative Care Services for the Department of Integrative Medicine and as the chaplaincy supervisor for the Pain and Palliative Care Department at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, where he also served on the Medical Ethics Committee. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Arizona Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship, and he is a visiting professor at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, of the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston Medical School. Paley Ellison is a dynamic, original, and visionary leader and teacher. Koshin is the co-editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care (Wisdom Publications, 2016). His work has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, Tricycle and others. Through his six years of training at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association as well as clinical contemplative training at both Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and NewYork Presbyterian Medical Center which culminated in his role as an ACPE Certified Educator, chaplain, and Jungian psychotherapist. He began his formal Zen training in 1987, and he is a recognized Soto Zen Teacher by the American Zen Teachers Association, White Plum Asanga, and Soto Zen Buddhist Association. He serves on the Board of Directors at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.  

  • Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, MPA

    Rev. Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, MPA, is the executive director of the Alameda County Care Alliance (ACCA), a faith-based program in partnership with local clinical, academic, and community organizations.  The ACCA Advanced Illness Care Program™ helps persons needing advanced illness care and their caregivers address spiritual, advanced care planning, health (physical and psychosocial), social and caregiving needs by empowering participants and linking them to trusted resources in the community. Since the ACCA began in 2014, the Advanced Illness Care Program™ has expanded to over 14 African American churches in Alameda County and Contra Costa County.  Rev. Perrilliat is responsible for the overall success of the program, which includes program development, relationship development, implementation and training as well as strategic planning on program sustainability, replicability and scaling on a regional and national level. Rev. Perrilliat has over 25 years of experience as a change agent in healthcare, marketing and communications, biotechnologies and community organizations. 

  • Frank Ostaseski

    Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher, visionary founder of the Metta Institute and cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Wisdom.2.0 and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. He has established a longstanding model for mindful and compassionate care, trained thousands of clinicians and caregivers and accompanied over 1000 people through their dying process. His groundbreaking work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama. Frank is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Humanities Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.

WORKSHOP LEADER BIOS

  • 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.

  • Andrew Grose, MD

    Andrew Grose, M.D. is an orthopaedic trauma surgeon specializing in care of the severely injured patient. He is also a national advocate for patient safety, serving on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Patient Safety Committee, and as the leader of the Human Factors and Safety Culture workgroup for the first National Surgical Patient Safety Summit in August 2016. In 2014-15, he was the recipient of and American Hospital Association-National Patient Safety Foundation Comprehensive Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship, and he is currently a student of Human Factors and System Safety at Lunds University. The field of Human Factors is devoted to optimizing human performance and well-being in the workplace. Andrew believes this is best accomplished through a combination of system design and provider mindfulness.

  • Coco Karol

    Coco Karol is a New York based dancer, teacher, and artist who makes cross-disciplinary performance work. She holds a BFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA from Hollins University. As a dancer, Karol has had the privilege of working for Misnomer Dance Theater, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance Company, and Christopher Williams, as well as being a part of projects by Christy O'Harris, Bill Young, Jose Navas, and Steven Petronio. Karol has created work with musicians including Bjork, Ryan Lott (Son Lux), Koh Ohtera, Luna Cholong Kang, Daniel Carter, Minna Rhee Choi, and Ear to Mind collective; and visual artists including photographer Steven Sebring, sculptor Eve Bailey, architect Marcos Zotes, stereoscopic artist Gerald Marks, videographer Azmi Mert Erdem, and designer Louda Larrain. Her work has been shown internationally as well as across New York at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, BAX, Ibeam, Spectrum, D.U.M.B.O Under the Bridge Arts Festival, New York Studio Gallery, Galapagos, Death By Audio, and curated by AUNTS. She has taught movement workshops in San Francisco to musicians of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, in Istanbul about movement and social movement, and in Roanoke investigating non-verbal communication and gestures of care. Karol is a dedicated teacher of movement, yoga, and qi gong. Her work is informed by her studies and practice in improvisation, butoh, authentic movement, meditation, and the belief that we move to move, and to be moved. Karol started Red Sole Productions, a small production company for dance-based media.

  • Cristian Zanartu, M.D.

    Cristian Zanartu, M.D. is a palliative medicine specialist at Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care—treats patients at all stages of their disease, providing continuous support and care to help relieve their physical and emotional symptoms, while guiding them and their loved ones as they face complex choices and decisions. Dr. Zanartu, a native of Santiago, Chile, earned his undergraduate degree and medical degree with honors from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.  He completed his internal medicine residency (including rotations at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, where he was named Outstanding Senior Resident.  He also completed a palliative medicine fellowship at New York's Beth Israel Medical Center and a clerkship in palliative medicine and psychosocial oncology at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Zanartu has also worked as a general practitioner in the palliative care unit at the Sotero del Rio Hospital in Santiago, Chile, where patients with advanced cancer received palliative treatment in the inpatient and outpatient settings and during home visits.  He also worked as a volunteer teacher for eight years at the Penanolen Community, one of the most impoverished in Santiago. He is first author and co-author of articles on palliative medicine and infectious diseases published in peer-reviewed journals including the American Journal of Hospital and Palliative Care and has presented research at national medical meetings in Chile. Dr. Zanartu is also an attending physician with the Palliative Care Program of Montefiore Medical Center’s Department of Family and Social Medicine.

  • Jonathan Prescott

    Jonathan Prescott is a Board Certified Clinical Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor.  As a long time ordained student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Jonathan’s practice is to support people experiencing illness and end of life, foster effective caregiving and reconnect people with their innate wisdom and compassion. Jonathan provides individual care to hospice patients and their families and offers talks and retreats to help clinicians become openhearted, effective caregivers.  In addition to his role as Hospice Spiritual Counselor, Jonathan has served as Chaplain in the hospital and cancer care settings.  During Jonathan’s 35-year spiritual practice, he’s utilized his natural warmth and calmness to lead and serve many organizations in the Buddhist, Quaker and non-profit realms, and currently enjoys being a voice of clarity and compassion on medical ethics committees. At home in the San Juan Islands of Washington, Jonathan relishes the peaceful solitude of his small farm.  He balances end of life work with a contemplative practice of meditation, retreat and connection to nature.

  • Linda Hochstetler

    Linda Hochstetler is a social worker and specialist in end of life issues related to illness, death, dying, and loss.  She is employed as a palliative care educator and trainer for PalCare Network of York Region.  She trains non-medical persons such as hospice volunteers, personal support workers, social workers, and family caregivers who provide support to persons at end of life in private homes, long term care homes, and hospitals. She is known for her enthusiastic and engaging style of presentations that encourages discussion and honest reflection of challenges. She has a private practice at the Village Healing Centre in Roncesvalles Village. She helps individuals and families face their fears of death and help them talk openly about the many choices that one is faced with as illness and aging progresses. She combines clinical social work conversations with navigation of the healthcare system and referrals to appropriate healthcare options. She has provided workshops on the topics of Completing Advance Care Planning, Making Better End of Life Decisions, and Holding the Space for the public and at the Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Conference. In addition to her private practice, she hosts Death Cafes and encourages everyone to talk more openly about their inevitable deaths. She is also a Buddhist Lay Chaplain and meditation teacher. She volunteers extensively, including experiences at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the Kensington (residential) Hospice, and with the Awaken in Toronto meditation group. She has completed studies in Thanatology (the study of death) and is almost finished with her 6-course Certification in Palliative Care from Humber College.

  • Will Kunert

    Will Kunert is completing his Masters of Divinity at the University of Chicago Divinity School, focusing on Buddhism and chaplaincy. Will started his academic career in astrophysics, measuring gravitational waves from distant black holes. As he neared the completion of his physics degree, he switched directions to focus more on human relationships and worldly issues. Will enrolled in divinity school to pursue a career in hospice chaplaincy. Will has worked as a chaplain at Cook County Jail and Jackson Park hospital on the south side of Chicago, and he has completed a unit of CPE at Rush University Medical Hospital. In his final year at the University of Chicago Will is writing a thesis on the movement toward outcome-oriented chaplaincy, and the modern ‘obsession’ with quantitative measurement in relation to chaplaincy. Will’s life is structured around his love and devotion to Buddhism. He has lived as at Upaya Zen Center, as well as Buddhist monasteries in Vietnam and Thailand. Will aspires toward a career in hospital chaplaincy, seeing it as a mid-way point between monasticism and lay life, and hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the benefits and limits of quantitative measurements of chaplaincy.

  • Fernando Kogen Kawai

    Fernando Kogen Kawai, MD, FACP is a geriatrician and palliative care physician and works as the Program Director for the Palliative Care Fellowship at NY Presbyterian Queens Hospital. He is  also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University . A graduate of the Harvard Geriatrics Fellowship Program in Boston, he completed his hospice and palliative medicine fellowship at Stanford University. He presented much of his work at national meetings  of the American Geriatrics Society and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and  has been recognized with numerous  awards including the New Clinician Educator Award from Harvard  Medical School, a Leadership Recognition Award from Stanford University, an award for exceptional humanistic qualities, and a merit of honor for his work with underserved minorities. Fernando lived in Japan , has practiced meditation in Asia and currently he is a Zen student at the NY Zen Center for Contemplative Care. 

  • Rev. Steve Aishi Sarian, Sensei

    Rev. Steve Aishi Sarian, Sensei, MA, CEAP, ICCS, ICCPS was drawn to Zen in the late '80's on a quest for spiritual intimacy. He began studying with Joko Beck and Nicolee Jikyo McMahon Roshi in early 1991. In 1995 he pursued ordination with Jikyo Roshi as his sole teacher, and she ordained him in 1998. He is a founding member of (TTZC) Three Treasues Zen Community and was the President of the Board of Directors. Aishi completed his studies leading to receiving Transmission from Jikyo Roshi in 2015. Steve is currently the Army Substance Abuse Program Manager, Employee Assistance Program Coordinator, and Prevention Coordinator of Sierra Army Depot, and the past Director of the Navy’s Drug and Alcohol Counselor School . He has been in the substance abuse and addictions field since 1981. Boundaries, burnout, peer assistance, spirituality and death and dying are his top professional interests. Steve is also a 20 yr. Navy veteran, college instructor, Hospice Chaplain, and hospice volunteer Trainer. He is an avid CrossFitter and happily married to his wife Carole, a fellow practitioner, an HHP (Holistic Healthcare Practitioner), Writer and Special Education Teacher, who partners with him in many of the occupational and vocational activities and life’s adventures, including riding their Harley. Together they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

  • Norma Bowe, PhD

    Dr. Norma Bowe has undergraduate degrees in Nursing and Community Health, a Masters in Health Administration and a Ph.D. in Community Health Policy. She began her career bringing medical care to rural areas in Fluvanna County, Virginia. She has also worked in the ICU, ER, and Hospice assisting with those patients transitioning from life to death and families experiencing loss and bereavement. Later she worked as psychiatric nurse advocate for the mentally ill. Dr. Bowe is a tenured Professor in the College of Education at Kean University in Union N.J. She developed the course curriculum for Death in Perspective which has a three year waiting list and is the subject of the book The Death Class: A True Story About Life, by Erika Hayasaki a former LA Times journalist. In addition to teaching courses in death education, community mental health and public health, she is the author of Perspectives in Community Mental Health published by Kendall Hunt. She has authored and co-authored articles as well as text book chapters in health education. Her dissertation The Relationship between Sense of Coherence, Burden and Depression in Male Caregivers for Women with Breast Cancer won an award. Dr. Bowe has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally. She was a featured speaker at the International Women’s Health Conference in Delhi, India. She has volunteered as a teacher in the NJ prison system, bringing college courses to incarcerated men and women. Six years ago she started a community service and activist group called “Be the Change” fashioned after Gandhi’s famous quote “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. She has organized community services projects across the country; addressing issues of social justice, food justice and human rights.

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* CME credit not provided for these sessions

MEDICAL DOCTORS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements of the Medical Society of New Jersey through the joint providership of Atlantic Health System and New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. Atlantic Health System designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 13.75  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Atlantic Health System is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

SOCIAL WORKERS: New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0192

This program is approved via NY State Board Offices for Social Work for 13.75  clinical social work continuing education contact hours.

NURSES: This program approved for 13.75  contact hours from NE-MSD CNE, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission On Accreditation.

OBJECTIVES

  • Describe, integrate and demonstrate how contemplative care approaches can be used to improve communication between palliative/hospice care providers and their patients and families.
  • Describe, integrate and demonstrate how contemplative care approaches can be used to improve the assessment and management of spiritual-existential concerns in patients with advanced, life threatening, or terminal illnesses.
  • Identify team stressors, signs of clinical burnout, and their management using a contemplative care approach.
  • Explore ways in which a contemplative practice can facilitate self-care and a healthy work-life balance.

TARGET AUDIENCE

Professionals working in palliative and hospice care, including doctors, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers.

PURPOSE

To provide the most effective palliative and end-of-life care possible.
To encourage leading researchers, physicians, spiritual care providers and patient advocates to learn from each other and grow as healers.
To share contemplative best practices and experiential teachings, while collectively beginning work toward common standards of practice.

SPEAKERS ATTENDING

Rev. Robert Chodo Campbell; Rita Charon, MD; Archarya Judy Lief; Mitchell Levy, MD; Tieraona Low Dog, MD; BJ Miller, MD; Frank Ostasesk; Rev. Dr. Koshin Paley Ellison; Trokyab Anyen Rinpoche

SPEAKER DISCLOSURE

There are no disclosures at this time.

COMMERCIAL SUPPORT

There is no commercial support for this activity.

  • Craig D. Blinderman, MD (Course Co-Chair)

    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.

  • Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell

    Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. 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 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 teaches in the University of Arizona Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship.
    Chodo is a dynamic, earthy, and visionary leader and teacher, Chodo has traveled extensively in the U.S teaching in various institutions as well as bearing witness to the suffering of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe and South Africa. 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 passion lies in bereavement counseling and advocating for change in the way our healthcare institutions work with the dying. His work has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, Tricycle, Parabola and other media outlets. He is a recognized Soto Zen Teacher with the American Zen Teachers Association, White Plum Asanga, and Soto Zen Buddhist Association.

  • Marty 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.

  • Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN

    Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the first Zen-based organization to offer fully accredited ACPE clinical chaplaincy training in America. NYZCCC delivers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service, and meditation practice. Paley Ellison is the academic advisor for the Buddhist students in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling program at NYZCCC’s education partner, New York Theological Seminary. He has served as the co-director of Contemplative Care Services for the Department of Integrative Medicine and as the chaplaincy supervisor for the Pain and Palliative Care Department at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, where he also served on the Medical Ethics Committee. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Arizona Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship, and he is a visiting professor at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, of the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston Medical School. Paley Ellison is a dynamic, original, and visionary leader and teacher. Koshin is the co-editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care (Wisdom Publications, 2016). His work has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, Tricycle and others. Through his six years of training at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association as well as clinical contemplative training at both Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and NewYork Presbyterian Medical Center which culminated in his role as an ACPE Certified Educator, chaplain, and Jungian psychotherapist. He began his formal Zen training in 1987, and he is a recognized Soto Zen Teacher by the American Zen Teachers Association, White Plum Asanga, and Soto Zen Buddhist Association. He serves on the Board of Directors at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.  

  • Mary Remington, HHP

    Mary Remington, HHP, has been with the organization since its inception in 2007, starting as a student in the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care Training Program.  She began managerial support of The Center soon thereafter, while continuing her contemplative training via NYZCCC's Clinical Pastoral Education program.  She has worked directly with patients both as an end-of-life volunteer at VNSNY and as a chaplain with Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center.  Mary has co-lead grief support groups with Robert Chodo Campbell, and acts as a first contact for those seeking bereavement support at The Center. Mary exercises her contemplative care practice through daily meditation, the creation of art and music, extending care for the community that makes NYZCCC, and through motherhood and family.

  • Diana Rose

    Diana Calthorpe Rose is Founding President Emerita of the Garrison Institute, a non-profit organization located in Garrison, New York whose mission is to apply the transformative power of contemplation to today's pressing social and environmental concerns, helping build a more compassionate, resilient future. Mrs. Rose is a leader in helping to build a bridge between spirituality and social action, and her career reflects her commitment to creating linkages between individual transformation and social transformation. Reflecting on her own spiritual practices and commitment to social action, she has served on the Boards of several national Buddhist organizations in America. Diana is also President of the Lostand Foundation, a private charitable organization she and her husband founded in 1997. The Lostand Foundation supports a wide variety of organizations involved in social action, land conservation and sustainable development. Diana Rose was educated at UC Berkeley and has a professional background in art, design, event production and gallery management. She is an accomplished dressage rider who trains and competes successfully at the highest levels. She is married to Jonathan F.P. Rose, a real estate developer and planner, and has two daughters.

  • Robert Schiller, MD, ABFP

    Robert (Red) Schiller is Senior Vice President, Clinical Affairs; Chair, Graduate Medical Education; Chair, Alfred and Gail Engelberg Department of Family Medicine at Mount Sinai/Beth Israel. He attended the New York University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in family medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, where he also completed a one-year fellowship in family medicine. He has a professional interest in homeopathy, acupuncture, and other alternative therapies that complement conventional medical care, as well as a strong interest in the integration of alternative medicine into primary care training. Dr. Schiller is the recipient of several awards including the Park-Davis Award for Teaching Medicine. Shiller is know for his leadership and innovation as a physician and administrator, serves on NYZCCC’s Advisory Board, and has worked closely with Koshin and Chodo on the upcoming Symposium as well as on other projects.

  • Krishna M. Desai, MD

    Krishna M. Desai, MD, is a board certified Family Medicine physician and an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Columbia University / New York-Presbyterian. Originally from Ohio, she received her medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Desai is fellowship trained in both Integrative Medicine through University of Arizona and Faculty Development at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She has received several grants that have helped to establish Integrative Medicine curricula at both University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Columbia University/New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Desai’s clinical practice is based upon the fundamental philosophy of treating every patient as a whole person while providing excellent, compassionate, and evidence-informed care. She believes there is immense benefit in bridging the mind and body and incorporates this in her own life through regular mediation at the New York Center for Contemplative Care. Dr. Desai is passionate about self-care and believes this translates to a therapeutic physician-patient relationship.

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