I am delighted to announce to our readers and the palliative care community that the IAHPC Board has recently elected Dr. Kathleen Foley as
the next IAHPC Chairperson, starting January 2005, after my term as the second Chair of IAHPC ends.
Dr. Foley has a distinguished career as an attending neurologist in the pain and palliative care service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center in New York City. She is a professor of neurology, neuroscience, and clinical pharmacology at Cornell University Medical College and is universally recognized as the foremost pioneer in
the development of the field of cancer pain management. She participated in the initial efforts that resulted in the establishment of the World Health Organization efforts in cancer pain relief,
most of the initial efforts in the development of palliative care in North America and Europe, and in recent years she has served as the Director of the Project on Death in American since its inception
in 1994. This project has been successful in completely changing the approach to end-of-life care in the United States. In addition, Dr. Foley has an extensive experience in international programs.
She has traveled widely and has contributed to most international efforts for the development of cancer pain and palliative care around the world.
We are sure that under her leadership, IAHPC will continue its growth as the global palliative care organization, helping individuals, programs
and institutions around the world.
I am also glad to announce that the Board has recently reappointed Liliana De Lima in her role as the Executive Director of IAHPC for an additional
three years. Liliana has done a wonderful job in directing the organization and we look forward to her continuation with us.
Until next month,
Eduardo Bruera, MD