Events / Friedman Lecture & Awards | Serious Illness Care: Advances and Opportunities

Friedman Lecture & Awards | Serious Illness Care: Advances and Opportunities

April 13, 2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC), 320 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

You’d expect to hear about innovation and creativity in the tech world or arts world, but in regards to end-of-life care?

The truth is, how we care for people with serious illness has evolved rapidly in recent years. New technologies, new approaches, high tech (and high touch) advances are driving a revolution in improving quality of life and end of life.

The 21st Annual Friedman Lecture & Awards will highlight the work of health care innovators and their efforts to revolutionize care at the culmination of life. Join us on April 13, 2022 to hear from keynote speaker Patrick White, MD — Chief Medical Officer of BJC Home Care and Hospice, Stokes Family Endowed Chair in Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care, and Chief of the Division of Palliative Care Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. The event will also feature a panel of BJC and Washington University experts in the field of aging. The panel will be moderated by Brian Carpenter, PhD, and feature Karla Washington, PhD; Devin Odom, MD; Nathan Moore, MD; and Keisha White, MD.


Registration is required.

This event is free and open to all. We are offering both virtual and in-person attendance opportunities. In-person attendees will join us at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the Washington University Medical Campus, and virtual attendees will join via Zoom webinar.

In-person attendees will be expected to follow WashU’s public health requirements and any other guidelines deemed necessary.

Virtual attendees will receive the Zoom webinar link a few days prior to the event.


8:30am Check-in at the Eric P. Newman Education Center for in-person attendees

9:00 am Welcome & Center Update

9:15 am Presentation of Awards

9:30 am Keynote Presentation

10:00 am Break

10:15 am Panel on Serious Illness Care

12:00 pm Event Close

About the Panel 

Moderator: Brian Carpenter, PhD
Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences, Arts & Sciences
Faculty Lead for Educational Initiatives in Aging, Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging

Dr. Carpenter is interested in public knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and has been involved in research to examine what people know about dementia and how best to educate them. He is interested in similar research questions regarding palliative care and end-of-life care, and also examines family relationships later in life. His teaching focuses on aging, mental health later in life and interdisciplinary teams in geriatrics.

Panelist: Nathan Moore, MD
Internal Medicine Specialist, BJC Medical Group

Dr. Moore uses artificial intelligence to identify patients high mortality risk so that they can get the support they and their families deserve.

Nathan Moore is a practicing internist with BJC Medical Group and the medical director for the BJC Accountable Care Organization (ACO).  In his role with the ACO, Dr Moore is responsible for improving health care outcomes and reducing cost for more than 70,000 patients.  The ACO has saved Medicare over $50 Million in the past 5 years.  He is also the author of The Health Care Handbook : A Clear and Concise Guide to the US Health Care System, a best selling book on the American health care system that has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, and other media.

Panelist: Devin Odom, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine

Dr. Odom is working on breaking down barriers in provider communication and teaching empathic communication skills. He will provide an example of this through a standardized patient demonstration.

Dr. Odom is currently completing a fellowship in Palliative Medicine. He began working with Vital Talk, a nonprofit helping medical providers build skills and confidence in difficult conversations and end-of-life care, in 2015. He is now the director of the BJC Communication Skills Academy and developed the communication skills curriculum for the Internal Medicine Residency program. Working closely with the Standardized Patient Center at WashU, Dr. Odom trains actors to portray patients in realistic encounters and facilitates interactive small groups in experiential learning sessions. He has dedicated his early career to making Advance Care Planning conversations more approachable for every provider and adapting our Electronic Medical Record to make these important conversations more effectual.

Panelist: Karla Washington, PhD, LCSW
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Palliative Medicine

Dr. Washington is empowering caregivers by developing evidence based interventions that address the critical challenges of caregiving.

Karla Washington studies interventions designed to promote the biopsychosocial, spiritual, and cultural wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities experiencing serious and life-limiting illnesses. Much of her work utilizes digital health solutions in the related fields of hospice and palliative care. Dr. Washington currently serves as Principal Investigator of a number of research studies focused on improving outcomes for family members and friends who provide care to seriously ill adults, with particular emphasis on individuals from rural and underserved communities. This body of work, funded by entities such as the National Cancer Institute and the John A. Hartford Foundation, is described in over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles, which Dr. Washington has authored in partnership with colleagues across the country and closer to home at the Washington University Lab for  Innovation in Palliative Medicine Research.

Panelist: Keisha White, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. White is advocating for health equity to enhance health outcomes for patients who historically have not received the support needed.

Dr. Keisha White is interested in understanding racial and ethnic health disparities and promoting health equity in patients facing serious illness. Dr. White graduated from Vanderbilt University where she studied Sociology and Medicine, Health, and Society. She earned her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health from the University of Connecticut. Dr. White completed residency training in pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital and fellowship training in hospice and palliative medicine at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

About the Keynote

Patrick White

Patrick White, MD
Chief Medical Officer, BJC Home Care and Hospice
Stokes Family Endowed Chair in Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care, and Chief of the Division of Palliative Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine

Patrick White provides clinical oversight and oversees education for over 670 physicians, nurse practitioners, therapists, nurses, and supporting staff at BJCs 14 hospitals. His research examines ways to optimize symptom management in patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses to enhance their quality-of-life and optimize support for caregivers. 

Dr. White was appointed by the Governor to lead Missouri’s Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council and selected by the federal government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid as a technical expert to help redesign national quality standards at end-of-life. He is a co-author of the current edition of the Primer of Palliative Medicine, which is the best-selling palliative care book of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and has a passion for advancing interprofessional collaboration.

Awards & Nominations

The nomination period for the 2024 awards has closed. Awards will be presented on April 5, 2024 at the Friedman Lecture and Awards event on behalf of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging.

The Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Award for Excellence in Service to Older Adults

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions in service to older adults. Individuals might have made this contribution through practice, education, advocacy, or research. Eligible nominees must be professionals currently involved in work that is related to older adults within the St. Louis Metro Region.

This award is supported by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Fund.

The Alene and Meyer Kopolow Award for Geriatrics, Psychiatry and Neurology

The purpose of this award is to recognize stellar contributions to the care of older adults by a resident, post-residency fellow or junior faculty member in neurology, psychiatry, medicine or related disciplines. Eligible individuals may also have had experience in the geriatric service areas at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center or at associated outpatient facilities, including Barnes-Jewish Extended Care. The award is not restricted to individuals with a medical degree (MD or DO). Nominees should demonstrate achievement in at least one of the following areas of geriatrics: direct patient care; didactic learning exercises, rounds, conferences, or national/international meetings; and, patient-oriented or basic research that addresses aging issues.

Recipients receive a formal announcement of the award, a plaque and $3,000 toward aging-related educational endeavors including conference fees, travel expenses, books, journal subscriptions and field- or research-related software, hardware, etc.

This award is supported by the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from the Alene and Meyer Kopolow Fund for Geriatrics, Psychiatry and Neurology.

The Mark S. Wrighton Research Award on Aging

The purpose of this award is to recognize doctoral candidates who show outstanding promise as researchers on topics relevant to older adults and aging society. To be considered for the award, students must apply to participate in a 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition, organized by the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging. The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges graduate students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. Following the competition, winner(s) will be honored at the next Annual Friedman Lecture and receive prizes.

This award is supported by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Fund.

About the annual Friedman Lecture & Awards

The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health hosts this annual event to address topics related to older adults and aging society and present awards to individuals who have contributed to the field of aging.

The event is supported by the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Endowment for Aging at The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Lectures cover a wide range of topics that represent the diversity of experiences and needs of aging adults and communities. This year’s event is also sponsored by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.