Dr. Andrew Weil to Share Integrative Approaches to End-of-Life Care

| By Jodi Horton

WeilHealthcare professionals and individuals interested in end-of-life care topics will explore integrative approaches to end-of-life care at a community conference hosted by Casa de la Luz Foundation, TMC Hospice, and Carondelet Hospice & Palliative Care on Friday, November 13 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Tucson Convention Center.

“End-of-life issues affect all of us, and we believe this conference is an opportunity to spark open discussion about how we approach end-of-life care in our country,” said Casa de la Luz Foundation Executive Director Carol Clark. “We’re thrilled to have Dr. Andrew Weil as our keynote speaker this year, and welcome his insights about how integrative medicine can help the dying.”

“Integrative Approaches to End-of-Life Care” will feature keynote speaker Andrew Weil, M.D. Weil is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing-oriented approach to health care which encompasses body, mind, and spirit. He is founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where he also holds the Lovell-Jones Endowed Chair in Integrative Rheumatology and is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health. The Center is the first formal training program of its kind in the United States serving as the leading effort in the world to develop a comprehensive curriculum in integrative medicine. Graduates serve as directors of integrative medicine programs throughout the United States. Through its fellowship and integrative medicine in residency curricula, the Center is now training doctors and nurse practitioners around the world, transforming healthcare with focused efforts in education, clinical care, and research. Dr. Weil received an A.B. degree in biology (botany) from Harvard in 1964 and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1968. He is a best-selling author, having written many scientific and popular articles and 13 books. Sought out as a popular speaker, Dr. Weil has been a frequent guest on television, appearing on Larry King Live, The Today Show, and Oprah.

After the keynote is a panel discussion featuring Dr. Ann Marie Chiasson of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Curtis L. Gedney with Carondelet Hospice and Palliative Care, and Kathy Kennel, a nurse practitioner with Arizona Oncology. Workshops will be offered in the afternoon for attendees. Workshop presenters are Dr. James Nicolai, Dr. Alan Molk, and Pamela Hale, M.A.

Registration is available online through TucsonHospiceConference2015.eventbrite.com. The conference fee is $75, and the fee includes breakfast, lunch, and continuing education credits for seven specialties. Parking for the event is free. Registration closes November 9.

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