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The Business of Health Care: September 11, 2018

Host Jeff Voigt is joined by Philip Pizzo (David and Susan Heckerman Professor and Founding Director of the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute, Stanford), Connie Ulrich (Lillian S. Brunner Chair, Professor of Nursing, Professor of Bioethics, Perelman School of Medicine), and Holly Prigerson (Irving Sherwood Wright Professor of Geriatrics; Director, Cornell Center for Research on End-of-Life Care, Weill Cornell Medicine) on the Tuesday, September 11, 2018 edition of The Business of Health Care.

Air Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

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Holly Prigerson, Connie Ulrich, Philip Pizzo

Air Time: 12:00 pm
Featuring: Philip Pizzo, Connie Ulrich, Holly Prigerson

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Philip Pizzo

David and Susan Heckerman Professor and Founding Director of the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute, Stanford

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Philip Pizzo, MD, is the David and Susan Heckerman Professor and Founding Director of the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute. Pizzo served as Dean of the Stanford School of Medicine from April 2001 to December 1, 2012, where he was also the Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Pizzo has devoted much of his distinguished medical career to the diagnosis, management, prevention and treatment of childhood cancers and the infectious complications that occur in children whose immune systems are compromised by cancer and AIDS. He has also been a leader in academic medicine, championing programs and policies to improve the future of science, education and healthcare in the US and beyond.

Pizzo received his MD degree with Honors and Distinction in Research from the University of Rochester in 1970, and completed an internship and residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston, a teaching fellowship at Harvard Medical School, and a clinical and research fellowship in pediatric oncology at the National Cancer Institute. Pizzo served as head of the Institute’s infectious disease section, chief of the NCI’s pediatric department, and acting scientific director for NCI’s Division of Clinical Sciences between 1973 and 1996. Before joining Stanford in 2001, he was the physician-in-chief of Children’s Hospital in Boston and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, where he was also the Thomas Morgan Rotch Professor of Pediatrics.

Dr. Pizzo is the author of more than 615 scientific articles and 16 books and monographs, including Principles and Practice of Pediatric Oncology, the Seventh Edition of which was published in 2015. He co-led a multidisciplinary committee for the Institute of Medicine (IOM) that resulted in the 2011 report Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education and Research; he also co-chaired the IOM report “Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences at the End of Life” that was published in 2015.

Pizzo has received numerous awards and honors, among them the Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal in 1995, the Barbara Bohen Pfiefer Award for Scientific Excellence in 1991, the Elizabeth Kubler-Ross Award in 2008, the Ronald McDonald Charities “Award of Excellence” in 2009, and the John and Emma Bonica Public Service Award in 2013. He is the 2012 recipient of the John Howland Award, the highest honor for life-time achievement bestowed by the American Pediatric Society. He has been elected to a number of prestigious organizations and societies, including the Association of American Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the American Pediatric Society and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, where he was also elected to the Governing Council. The IOM became the National Academy of Science in 2015. He has served as Chair of the Association of Academic Health Centers and Chair of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Clinical Oncology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He served on the Governing Board for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine from 2004-2012. In 2009 he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester and the Board of Overseers of Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of MRI Interventions and the Academic Advisory Council for Merritt Hawkins. In 2014 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.
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Connie Ulrich

Lillian S. Brunner Chair, Professor of Nursing, Professor of Bioethics, Perelman School of Medicine

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Connie M. Ulrich was drawn to the study of bioethics early in her career when, as a pediatric nurse, she often worked with seriously ill pediatric patients and their families and was a member of a pediatric heart transplantation team. After completing her PhD in nursing ethics, Dr. Ulrich was the first nurse ever accepted into the postdoctoral training program in the NIH’s Department of Bioethics.

When she joined the Penn Nursing faculty and was appointed senior fellow at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2003, she became the first nurse bioethicist at the university.

“I am committed to helping nurses develop the skills of bioethics and ensuring that the perspective of nurses is represented in bioethics.”

Education
PhD, University of Maryland, 2001
MSN, The Catholic University of America , 1995
BSN, The Catholic University of America , 1993
Diploma, Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing , 1981
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Holly Prigerson

Irving Sherwood Wright Professor of Geriatrics; Director, Cornell Center for Research on End-of-Life Care, Weill Cornell Medicine

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Holly Prigerson, PhD, is the Irving Sherwood Wright Professor of Geriatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College, Professor of Sociology in Medicine, and Director, Center for Research on End-of-Life Care. Dr. Prigerson graduated magna cum laude from Columbia (Barnard) where she received awards for proficiency in U.S. History and Spanish. She has graduate degrees in History and Sociology from Stanford, was a postdoctoral fellow in the epidemiology of aging at Yale, and received an honorary master’s degree from Harvard. She was approved for tenure as a faculty member at Yale and Harvard Medical School (HMS); she was recently promoted to Professor of Psychiatry at HMS. The theme of her research across studies has been on examining psychosocial and behavioral influences on medical care and care outcomes for patients and families confronting life-threatening illnesses and death.  She was funded by NIH to conduct field trials of consensus criteria for Prolonged Grief Disorder.  These studies served as the basis for inclusion of this new mental disorder in the forthcoming ICD-11.

Dr. Prigerson has served as Principal Investigator on multiple NIH investigations that focus on cancer patient and caregiver quality of life and disparities in end-of-life care. Dr. Prigerson has been the senior author on several landmark studies including a study of the stages of grief, outcomes of end-of-life communication and the effects of religious coping on medical decision-making and care near death that were published in JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, JAMA Internal Medicine, and Cancer, JAMA Oncology, & American Journal of Psychiatry.  She received the Harvard Medical School’s Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award recognizing her mentorship of numerous PhD and MD junior faculty in launching successful research careers in the field of psychosocial oncology and cancer outcomes research, and the 2012 National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Distinguished End of Life Researcher Award. In 2015 she was awarded the 7-year NCI R35 Outstanding Investigator Award, which is leading to a wide range of new projects and mentorship opportunities that put research in action.
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