The 19th Annual James E. & Bonnie L. Eckenhoff Lecture

Tracy BalboniThe Buehler Center is delighted to host the 2014 Eckenhoff lecture, “Spiritual Care: What Do Your Patients Want and What Difference Does it Make?”, presented by Tracy A. Balboni, MD, MPH. Dr. Balboni currently serves as an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School, and acts as Director of the Supportive and Palliative Radiation Oncology Service at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center – a service dedicated to the palliative radiation therapy needs of cancer patients. Inspired to study the spiritual needs of dying patients because of her work as an oncologist, her research has received national attention.

Her primary research interests are located at the intersection of oncology, palliative care, and the role of religion and spirituality in the experience of life-threatening illness. Her research endeavors have included examining religion and spirituality in the experience of advanced cancer as part of the ongoing NIH-funded Coping with Cancer study. Dr. Balboni’s research work at the intersection of spirituality and cancer care has received awards from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the National Palliative Care Research Center, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Her work also includes forging improved dialogue between academic theology, religious communities, and the field of medicine.

The John & Gwen Smart Symposium

Smart SymposiumThe annual John & Gwen Smart Symposium showcases research and educational activities relevant to aging, patient safety, terminal illness, and vulnerable populations. The presented research explores ways to improve quality of life and provide safe care for all. This year, the Smart Symposium will host presentations from researchers at Northwestern University and our surrounding academic communities.

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Age Friendly Chicago Round Table

For the second year, in conjunction with the Eckenhoff lecture, the Buehler Center will host a round table discussion of the city of Chicago’s age-friendliness, moderated by Joyce Gallagher, executive director of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services. Findings from the center’s research as part of the World Health Organization’s Age Friendly City initiative will be presented by project investigators Rebecca Johnson, PhD and Amy Eisenstein, PhD, followed by a discussion led by research, stakeholder, and community member panelists from across Chicago.