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An Event at Beautiful Caramoor

Sunday, May 15 | 2:00 p.m.
Caramoor Music & Arts Center
149 Girdle Ridge Rd, Katonah, NY
Park at the Rosen House, enter the Educational Center

Having a serious illness is hard for patients and their families. Many people think of palliative care as being just for patients who are dying, but it isn’t. It is for patients who are dealing with serious illness and their families to make them more comfortable and improve their quality of life while they battle for their health.

Learn more about palliative care – who it’s for and how it can help – with a panel of three experts, Dena Schulman-Green, PhD, Shelli Feder, PhD, and Jennifer Kapo, MD, and moderator, Gary I. Grad, MD.

After the discussion, we will go on a docent-guided tour of beautiful Rosen House. A haven for culture, artists, and the arts when it was built; that legacy continues today. Filled with stunning treasures from Renaissance Europe, you will delight in the intricate artwork and architecture throughout the house. Hear fascinating stories about the Rosen family and Caramoor.

Please note: Seating for this event is limited to 35 attendees.

Meet the Panel

Dena Schulman-Green, PhD

Dena Schulman-Green, MA, EdM, MS, PhD, is an associate professor at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. With a background in gerontology and psychology, her research focuses on helping diverse patients and family caregivers to understand what palliative care is and to integrate it into their management of cancer and other serious illnesses. Her work, conducted in both the U.S. and Israel, has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, the National Palliative Care Research Center, and the Palliative Care Research Cooperative, among others. Dr. Schulman-Green serves on the boards of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Shelli Feder, PhD

Shelli Feder, PhD, APRN, is an assistant professor at the Yale School of Nursing, a family nurse practitioner, and an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse. Dr. Feder has practiced as an advanced practice nurse for over ten years in hospice and palliative care settings. Dr. Feder’s program of research focuses on the development and dissemination of novel models of palliative care delivery that expand access and improve care quality for all persons with life-limiting illnesses. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Hartford Centers for Gerontological Nursing Excellence, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Jennifer Kapo, MD, is the Sherwin B. Nuland and Michael K. Vlock Associate Professor of Palliative Medicine and Chief of Palliative Medicine at Smilow Cancer Hospital, Yale New Haven Health. In this role, she leads a multidisciplinary team that provides the clinical support patients and families need when experiencing serious illness, from diagnosis through the end of life. This support includes helping to ease pain, suffering, and stress through medical interventions and providing access to psychosocial support, spiritual services, financial counseling, and more. Dr. Kapo brings over twenty years of experience in palliative medicine.

Gary Grad, MD

Gary I. Grad, MD, is a medical oncologist and had an active clinical practice for 27 years. In addition to his clinical practice, Gary consulted for several pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as well as local, regional, and national hospital and health care networks. Gary left clinical practice and joined Tempus about 3 years ago where he now serves as director of medical strategy for oncology. Gary has also spent time throughout his career, studying the application of Jewish text and philosophy to day-to-day patient care, and the insights they provide for practical concepts of healing and wholeness.

Registration, Raffles, and Sponsorships

Tickets: $25 per person


Comfort Care Sponsorship – $180

Raffle Tickets: 1 for $10, 3 for $25, and 6 for $50
Raffle Prize: Two winning tickets, each for two tickets to a Caramoor concert on the Lawn or Daytime Festival (Total value: $180 -$220)

Palliative Care Research

The Brause Family Initiative for Quality of Life is an ICRF grant that is awarded to support established Israeli investigators studying cancer treatment related to pain, side effects and emotional problems experienced by cancer patients in order to maintain the best possible quality of life, with an emphasis on non-opioid solutions.

Past projects include:

Combined Model of Online Remote Interventions for Cancer-Related Cognitive Decline
Yafit Gilboa, PhD
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Non-Opioid Specific Analgesics for Cancer Pain: Modulating the Pain Receptor TRPV1
Avi Priel, PhD
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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