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Call for nominations! 2021 Friedman Lecture and Awards centers on innovations in the care of people with serious illness



The 21st Annual Friedman Lecture and Awards is just ahead, and this year, in addition to a panel of experts, the event features an exciting keynote by national expert on palliative medicine, and Chief Medical Officer for BJC Hospice, Patrick White, MD. The event, “Serious Illness Care: Advances and Opportunities” will also feature three awards presentations for excellence in service to older adults.

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 annual event will highlight the work of health care innovators and their efforts to revolutionize care at the culmination of life.

2022 panelists include:

  • Karla Washington, PhD, LCSW, associate professor of medicine, WUSTL Division of Palliative Medicine
  • Devin Odom, MD, assistant professor of medicine, WUSTL Division of Hospital Medicine
  • Keisha White, MD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics
  • Nathan Moore, MD, internal medicine specialist, BJC Medical Group
  • Moderator: Brian Carpenter, PhD, professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences in Arts & Sciences and faculty lead for educational initiatives in aging at the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging

Keynote speaker, Dr. Patrick White, has been actively involved in clinical research to help reduce pain and nausea in patients with advanced cancer. He collaborated with a leading researcher from the World Health Organization to design projects to reduce nausea in patients with advanced cancer with a goal to improve quality of life.

Dr. White was selected as one of the inaugural “Hospice and Palliative Medicine Inspirational Leaders Under 40” by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and he is one of seven physician leaders nationally selected for the inaugural Hospice Medical Director Leadership Council.

In addition to the keynote address, four awardees will receive recognition for outstanding service to older adults:

  • The Mark S. Wrighton Graduate Student Research Award on Aging, named after WashU’s Chancellor Emeritus, recognizes two graduate students who show outstanding promise as researchers on topics relevant to older adults and our aging society. Apply to compete for this award!
  • The Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Award for Excellence in Service to Older Adults Nominate someone for this award!
  • The Alene and Meyer Kopolow Award for Geriatrics, Psychiatry and Neurology Nominate someone for this award!

The 21st Annual Friedman Lecture and Awards presented by the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health, takes place April 13, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Eric P. Newman Education (EPNEC) Center at 320 S. Euclid Ave. The event is free and open to the public, however, registration is required. The Friedman Lecture & Awards event is supported by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

The Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman 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 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 Award and 3MT competition is supported by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Fund.

Read more and register for the Friedman Lecture and Awards.