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2008; Volume 9, No 2, February



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New Members join the IAHPC Board of Directors

This month we will highlight two of our new Board members.

Frank D. Ferris, MD

Frank D. Ferris, MD is the Director, International Programs, San Diego Hospice & Palliative Care, a teaching affiliate of the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.

Dr. Ferris received an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Cooperative Applied Chemistry from the University of Waterloo, Ontario in 1975. He graduated from McMaster Medical School, Hamilton, Ontario in 1981. He pursued postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto. He completed a Fellowship in Pain and Symptom Management at the Toronto-Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre in 1991. He became Board-certified with the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 1998. He was a Faculty Scholar with the Project on Death in America from 1998-2000.

He continues with appointments as:
Clinical Professor, Voluntary, in the Department of Family & Preventative Medicine, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA
Assistant Professor, Adjunct, Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Member, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

He is also:
Consultant, International Palliative Care Initiatives, Network Public Health Program, Open Society Institute, New York, New York
Member of the Board, International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care
Co-principal of the Education on Palliative and End-of-life Care (EPEC) Project based at Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois.

Author / editor of:
A Model to Guide Hospice Palliative Care: based on National Principles and Norms Of Practice, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA), for which he was awarded a Golden Jubilee Medal of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by the Governor General of Canada, May 2003, and a National Leadership Award by CHPCA in September 2005.
CAPC Manual: Everything You Wanted to Know About Establishing a Palliative Care Program
Co-author of I Can’t Stop Crying: It’s So Hard When Someone You Love Dies with John Martin, published by Key Porter Books.
Consultant to the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital, a teaching affiliate of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada



Professor G W Hanks, DSc (Med) BSc MB FRCP FRCPE FFPM

Geoffrey Hanks graduated from University College London with a BSc in Anatomy in 1967.  He qualified in medicine in 1970 and has been working in palliative medicine since 1979.  He was a Research Fellow with Robert Twycross in Oxford, and for almost 10 years was Consultant Physician in charge of the Palliative Care Units at the Royal Marsden Hospitals, London & Sutton and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Cancer Research, University of London and at the Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital (Department of Clinical Pharmacology).  He was appointed to the first Chair of Palliative Medicine in the UK in the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, University of London.  He was Professor of Palliative Medicine in the University of Bristol from 1993 until his retirement in 2006 and continues in that role in a part-time capacity.

Amongst other appointments he has been Chairman of the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Development Group of the National Cancer Research Institute in the UK, Chairman of the National NHS Cancer Research and Development Commissioning Group, Chairman of the Palliative Care Research Committees of both Marie Curie and Macmillan Cancer Relief, and a Member of the Sub-Panel on Cancer Studies for the Research Assessment Exercise 2008 of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. He is currently Honorary President of the European Association for Palliative Care and a Vice-President of Macmillan Cancer Support.  He was the founding Editor of the European Journal of Palliative Care, has been Editor-in-Chief of Palliative Medicine since 2002, and is a joint Editor of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine.  His research interests have been focused on various aspects of the clinical pharmacology of opioid analgesics.


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