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Pain and Palliative Care: More Than Just End-of-Life Care
Dr. Ann Berger
Chief, Pain and Palliative Care Service Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical
Sept. 25, 2001 7 pm
Auditorium NIH Clinical Center
When Dr. Ann Berger accepted
the position of Chief of the Pain and Palliative Care Service at NIH in August
2000, she looked forward to the opportunity to make an impact on palliative
care in a national forum. She began by initiating the NIH Pain and Palliative
Care Service, the third such service that she has initiated, but the first at
a national hospital.
Dr. Berger received a B.S.
in nursing from New York University and an M.S.N. in oncology nursing from University
of Pennsylvania. She worked for several years as an oncology clinical nurse
specialist, then returned to school to obtain an M.D. degree from Medical College
of Ohio in Toledo. After an internship and residency at Hartford Hospital in
Connecticut, she completed a fellowship in medical oncology and pain and palliative
care at Yale University. At Yale, she then initiated a palliative care service
and achieved the rank of Assistant Professor in Medicine and Anesthesiology.
From 1996 to July 2000, Dr.
Berger was Assistant Professor in Medicine and Anesthesiology at Cooper Hospital/University
of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Camden. There she also served as
Director of Supportive Care Services, having again started a palliative care
service. She was actively involved in the care of patients as well as in education
and research: she initiated a palliative care course for medical students, residents,
and fellows, and chaired the ethics committee. In addition, Dr. Berger served
as Medical Director of Lighthouse Hospice and received two grants to direct
a pain and palliative care scholars program and to develop pain/palliative care
teams in long-term-care facilities.
Dr. Berger is a member and
former chair of the Continuing Medical Education Committee for the Academy of
Hospice and Palliative Care and a member of the Multi-National Society for Supportive
Care in Cancer and the American Society of Clinical Oncologists.
In 1998 and 1999, Dr. Berger
received the Hospice Medical Director award from the New Jersey Hospice and
Palliative Care Organization. She has lectured and published extensively in
pain and palliative care. She also is Senior Editor of the major textbook in
palliative care, Principles and Practice of Supportive Oncology, published by
Lippincott-Raven in 1998.
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