Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Grand Rounds

Medicine Grand Rounds: Palliative Care in the ICU: Why and How

Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, January 26, 2012

8:00 AM: Forchheimer 3rd Floor Lecture Hall, Einstein
Repeated @ 12:15 PM: Cherhasky Auditorium, Montefiore Medical Center

Speaker & Info

Judith Nelson, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Palliative Care Service
Associate Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit and Respiratory Care Unit
Mt Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Judith Nelson's research interests relate to integration of palliative care with critical care in ICUs. She received a Faculty Scholar Award from the Project on Death in America, the 2002 Roger C. Bone Award for Advances in End-of-Life Care from the CHEST Foundation of the American College of Chest Physicians, and the 2003 Grenvik Family Award for Ethics from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. In 2010, she was named by New York Magazine as one of New York's Top Doctors in the field of pulmonary/critical care medicine.

Dr. Nelson is Principal Investigator of a multi-center study funded by NIH to improve communication and decision-making for patients with chronic critical illness. She is also the recipient of a K07 Academic Career Leadership Award from the National Institute on Aging. With support from NIA and the Center to Advance Palliative Care, she launched The IPAL-ICU Project (www.capc.org/ipal-icu) to assist in improving palliative care for ICU patients and their families. Dr. Nelson worked with the Transformation of the ICU Program by VHA, Inc. to develop the Care and Communication Bundle of ICU palliative care quality measures, which is posted on the AHRQ National Quality Measures Clearinghouse Website and is the basis for several other multi-ICU collaboratives to improve ICU palliative care.

Dr. Nelson has participated as faculty in training ICU physicians and nurses in skills for communicating with families of critically ill patients. She has provided her expertise to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Veterans Integrated Service Network 3, and VHA, Inc. on programs to improve ICU palliative care quality. She has authored numerous publications and lectures frequently across the United States as well as abroad.

Dr. Nelson received her JD from Harvard Law School and her MD from New York University School of Medicine. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, and Palliative Medicine.

After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe The Context And Key Domains For ICU Palliative Care Improvement
  2. Review The Main Models For Creating/Enhancing Palliative Care Capacity In The ICU
  3. Highlight Strategies And Resources To Integrate High-Quality Palliative Care For All ICU Patients

Accreditation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Host: Department of Medicine (Division of Critical Care Medicine)

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