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The 9th Annual Shenkman-Weisberg Caring Coalition Conference

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Congregation Shaarey Zedek • Southfield, Michigan

Joanne Lynn, MD, MS, MA,  Robert Sopolsky, MD, Richard Payne, MD

Joanne Lynn, MD, MS, MA, Robert Sopolsky, MD, Richard Payne, MD

The Best Care Possible – Achieving Excellence,The 9th annual Shenkman-Weisberg Caring Coalition Conference, to be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 in Southfield, Michigan, will feature world-class speakers Robert Sopolsky, MD, Richard Payne, MD, and Joanne Lynn, MD, MA, MS.

About Robert Sopolsky, MD

Dr. Sopolsky is an American neuroendocrinologist, professor of biology, neuroscience, and neurosurgery at Stanford University, researcher and author. He is currently a Professor of Biological Sciences, and Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences and, by courtesy, Neurosurgery, at Stanford University. In addition, he is a Research Associate at the National Museums of Kenya. Sapolsky has received numerous honors and awards for his work, including the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship genius grant in 1987, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and the Klingenstein Fellowship in Neuroscience. Dr. Sapolsky, who writes for the Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker is the author of many books, including Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, The Trouble with Testosteron, and Monkeyluv and Other Essays on our Lives as Animals.

About Joanne Lynn, MD, MA, MS

Dr. Lynn is a geriatrician, hospice physician, health services researcher, quality improvement advisor, and policy advocate who has focused upon shaping American health care so that every person can count on living comfortably and meaningfully through the period of serious illness and disability in the last years of life, at a sustainable cost to the community. She now leads the Center on Elder Care and Advanced Illness for Altarum Institute.

About Richard Payne, MD

Dr. Payne is an internationally known expert in the areas of pain relief, care for those near death, oncology and neurology. Payne has served on numerous panels and advisory committees, many at the national level. He has given expert testimony to the Congressional Black Caucus National Brain Trust and the President’s Cancer Panel in the area of healthcare access disparities in cancer care, palliative medicine and end-of-life care. He also has received a Distinguished Service Award from the American Pain Society, of which he is president; the Humanitarian Award from the Urban Resources Institute; and the Janssen Excellence in Pain Award.

The Caring Coalition

The Best Care Possible – Achieving Excellence conference will bring together nurses, social workers, clergy, physicians, case managers, nursing home administrators, and other health care professionals from Southeast Michigan and bordering states. The conference is presented by the Caring Coalition, a diverse group of Southeast Michigan hospices, hospitals and community organizations. The Coalition dedicates its efforts to educating health care professionals and the general public about issues related to hospice and palliative care. The more than 70 members of the Caring Coalition have worked together since 2008 to present accredited conferences featuring nationally known and local experts and have each attracted more than 800 health care professionals.

Previous Conferences

The 2015 conference, Caring for the Whole Person, feature national presenters Immaculée Ilibagiza, Rwandan author and motivational speaker, David Kessler, thanatologist, bioethicist and author, Sofia MerajverMD, PhD, physician scientist, and Dale Larson, PhD, psychologist specializing in end of life care. The 2014 conference, Coping with Pain, Loss and Suffering, featured journalist and author Joshua Prager, physicians Stacie Pinderhughes and Michael Levy, and local grief survivor Gary Weinstein. The 2013 conference, Values, Ethics and Culture at End of Life, with keynote speaker bioethicist Arthur Caplan, focused on the impact of values and ethics on end of life experiences. The 2012 conference, On My Terms: Patient Directed Care focused on patient centered care, and featured nationally recognized hospice physician and author Ira Byock, M.D. Our 2011 conference, The Science of Comfort Care, explored evidence-based practices and philosophies offering comfort to those affected by chronic and life-limiting illness. The 2010 conference, Handle with Care: Powerful Compassionate Care Giving drew attendees to a conversation about best practices in caregiving. In 2009, our conference, The War on Pain, addressed the under treatment of pain in patients with chronic and terminal illness. In 2008, The Same But Differentsymposium explored the similarities and differences in rituals and customs practiced by different faiths at the end of life. We expect the 2015 event to attract similar numbers of health care professionals whose work requires them to understand the issues related to serious and life limiting illness. Our attendees serve the physical and emotional health needs of thousands of patients and their families throughout Southeast Michigan and bordering states.

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