On September 11, 2008, the College of Health Sciences (CHS) organized a public lecture “Palliative Care: History, Assumptions, and Practice – An American Perspective” as part of the Public Health Seminars Series.
Dr. Sarah Kagan, Visiting Professor at the CHS, Ralston House Term Professor of Gerontological Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, presented the history of palliative care and modern approaches to it. She highlighted main concepts and challenges of provision of palliative care in the United States making extrapolations for the Armenian situation. Question/answer session followed the lecture. AUA students, graduates, and faculty attended the lecture.
Dr. Kagan holds a primary academic appointment as Professor – Clinician Educator. Her clinical appointment is as Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where she offers advanced nursing consultation to patients, their families, nurses, and physicians on matters of symptom management, psychosocial oncology, geriatric oncology, and interdisciplinary team work. Dr. Kagan’s secondary faculty appointment is in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, where her particular consultative focus is on clinical research and care of patients who have head and neck cancers and are suffering complex wounds and other challenging symptoms.