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September 26, 2016

Palliative care in serious illness: A Cooley Dickinson/Mass General community lecture with Vicki Jackson, MD

September 26, 2016

For immediate release: March 18, 2016

Vicki A. Jackson, MD, chief of the division of
Palliative Care, Massachusetts General
Register for this free lecture. Palliative Care
in Serious Illness: Living as Well as You Can
for as Long as You Can

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Community members are invited to the next Cooley Dickinson/Massachusetts General Hospital lecture, Palliative Care in Serious Illness: Living as Well as You Can for as Long as You Can, with Vicki A. Jackson, MD, MPH, Thursday, April 14, from 6–7 pm at Edwards Church, Northampton.

Jackson, who is the chief of the Division of Palliative Care, at Massachusetts General Hospital, will discuss the needs of patients with serious illness and how to advocate for them. Jeffrey Zesiger, MD, medical director of Palliative Care at Cooley Dickinson will introduce Jackson.

This program is the culminating event of a series of community conversations with area residents, local librarians, and Cooley Dickinson palliative care practitioners that focuses on end-of-life care and planning. The community conversations continue through April 20.

Learn more about the Being Mortal community conversations here:

The lecture is free and open to all.  Register online or call 888-554-4CDH (4234). Seating is limited; registration is required. Allow extra time for parking in downtown Northampton.

About the presenter

Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, is chief of the Division of Palliative Care, Massachusetts General Hospital, co-director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care. She completed internal medicine residency and chief residency at the Cambridge Hospital. She received her Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health during her time as a fellow in the Harvard General Medicine Research Fellowship. She has also completed the Rabkin and Harvard Academy Medical Education Fellowships.

Jackson’s clinical interests include developing and studying early intervention collaborative palliative care-oncology clinical delivery models. She spearheaded the development of a novel outpatient palliative care clinic at the Mass General Cancer Center and serves as lead palliative care investigator for several NIH funded trials evaluating this delivery model. As associate professor of medicine in the Harvard Medical School, she has developed communication curricula for palliative care fellows and attending physicians.

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