American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Surgical Palliative Care

Presented by Geoffrey P. Dunn, MD, FACS
Monday, March 25, 2019
6:00–7:00 pm (CST)

This webinar will help surgeons to learn about improving the end-of-life care for surgical patients and to help them address difficult issues with those patients and their families.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the historical background and salient principles of surgical palliative care
  • Identify the barriers to and the indications for surgical palliative care
  • Identify opportunities for incorporation of palliative care principles into surgical practice

More about Geoffrey Dunn

Geoffrey Dunn’s surgical experience included trauma, burns, pediatrics, and cancer in this country and in India where he was a visiting professor of surgery at Wanless Hospital, Miraj, in 1988. He was chairman of the department of surgery at Hamot Medical Center, Erie, PA, before he began working full time in the field of palliative and hospice care as medical director of the Palliative Care Consultation Service and Great Lakes Hospice at Hamot. Since 1997, his work has focused on the education of surgeons nationally and internationally about the principles and practice of palliative care in the setting of serious and life-limiting surgical illness. 

Dr. Dunn edited The Surgeon and Palliative Care (W.B. Saunders, 2001) and co-edited Surgical Palliative Care (Oxford, 2004) with the late Alan G. Johnson, MChir, FRCS, which have become references for surgeons interested in the field of palliative care. He was chairman of the Surgical Palliative Care Task Force of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and was the editor for the monthly Palliative Care Series in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. From 2002 to 2008, he served on the ACS Board of Governors and was the representative of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine to the ACS’s Commission on Cancer (CoC) from 2007 to 2013. He drafted the CoC's standard for palliative care for CoC-certified programs. Dr. Dunn was a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s exam writing committee for the first certification examination for the subspecialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Dunn retired from clinical practice in May 2018 and is currently Emeritus status, department of surgery, UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA.

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