Dr. Ferrell is a Professor and Research Scientist at City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles, California. She has been an oncology nurse for 32 years and has extensive research experience in pain and quality of life of cancer patients and their family caregivers. Dr. Ferrell is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and she has over 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals, many addressing family caregiver issues. She is Principal Investigator on numerous educational initiatives including the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project. Dr. Ferrell is a member of the National Cancer Policy Forum and was Chairperson of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care. She is also the chairperson of the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative. She has authored and edited several books, including Cancer Pain Management (1995), a text on Suffering (1995), Pain in the Elderly (1996) and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing (2010). Dr. Ferrell is co-author of the text – The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing and Making Healthcare Whole: Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care (Templeton Press, 2010). Dr. Ferrell is also coauthor of the chapter on “Family” in the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Grant is the Director of Nursing Research & Education, and Professor in the Department of Population Sciences at the City of Hope. Her primary program of research focuses on symptom management and quality of life in cancer patients. Dr. Grant’s current studies focus on the effects of an advanced practice nurse-led post discharge intervention for bone marrow transplant survivors, quality of life in ostomy patients, and improving end-of-life and cancer survivor care. She is Principal Investigator on several grants including the NCI-funded studies in Standardized Nursing Intervention Protocol and “Survivorship Education for Quality Cancer Care.” Dr. Grant serves on several national committees and is on the editorial boards for CA: A Journal for Clinicians and Seminars in Oncology Nursing. Her educational leadership is demonstrated in her receipt of the 2003 Oncology Nursing Society Mary Nowotny Excellence in Cancer Nursing Education Award. She recently received the Oncology Nursing Society Distinguished Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Ms. Otis-Green is a licensed clinical social worker and Senior Research Specialist in the Department of Nursing Research and Education at City of Hope. Her research, presentations and publications focus on end-of-life care and integrated symptom management with emphasis upon underserved populations. As the Principal Investigator for the ACE Project, Shirley Otis-Green is a Project on Death in America Social Work Scholar and brings more than 15 years of experience in palliative care research, education and practice to this study. Ms. Otis-Green was one of six national experts to be named a 2006 Mayday Pain Fellow. Ms. Otis-Green is also the Principal Investigator for the NIC-funded “Cancer Care for the Whole Patient (IOM, 2008): An Oncology Social Work Response.” (2010 – 2015).
Dr. Juarez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing Research and Education at the City of Hope. She has focused her research on pain and symptom management, QOL, and cultural issues with special interest in the Hispanic population and their caregivers. She has coordinated intervention studies and developed a Spanish version of a pain education intervention. Dr. Juarez has conducted several studies using quantitative and qualitative methodologies. She is the PI of an NCI-funded study to develop a bilingual education intervention for breast cancer survivors and their caregivers.
Dr. Hurria is the Director of the Cancer Aging and Research Program and an Associate Professor in the Division of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research at City of Hope. Her clinical and research interests are aimed at promoting interdisciplinary research in aging and age-related aspects of cancer. Dr. Hurria was the recipient of a Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging (K23) from the NCI. She was recently selected to participate in the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Leadership Development Program, a prestigious national program in oncology.
Dr. Bhatia is Chair and Professor of the Department of Population Sciences and Director of the Center for Cancer Survivorship at the City of Hope. Her clinical and research expertise is focused on cancer survivorship and measures to reduce associated morbidity. As a childhood cancer survivorship advocate, Dr. Bhatia was recently named as the associate chair of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the world’s largest cooperative pediatric cancer research organization.
Mr. Loscalzo is the Executive Director of Supportive Care Medicine and Administrative Director of the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center at the City of Hope. He is nationally recognized as a Social Work leader and scholar in cancer caregiver stress and coping. Mr. Lozcalzo was President of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) from 2006 to 2007.
Chaplain & Community End-of-Life Consultant
University Distinguished Professor
Associate Dean for Research
College of Nursing
Michigan State University
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Young Harris College, Division of Humanities
Director, Institute for Education and Research in Pain and Palliative Care
Beth Israel Medical Center
Associate Professor, School of Social Work
University of Texas at Austin
Virginia and Prentice Bloedel Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing
University of Washington – Seattle
Assistant Professor, Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University
Mary Lou Willard French Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication
Markey Cancer Center
University of Kentucky