Breitbart_MRHFeatured Speakers

William Breitbart, MD, FAPM, is a psychiatrist and chief of the psychiatry service, department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer in New York. He is a professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Breitbart is also a past president of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and the editor-in-chief of ”Palliative and Support Care.” He is an attending psychiatrist in the palliative care service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Breitbart is a founding member of both the American Psycho-Oncology Society (APOS) and the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS).


Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, is the director of nursing research and education and a professor at City of Hope National Medical Center in California. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and her publications have appeared in more than 400 peer-reviewed journals and texts. She is principal investigator for the “End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)” project and directs several other funded projects related to palliative care and quality-of-life issues. Ferrell completed a master’s degree in theology, ethics and culture from Claremont Graduate University. She has authored 11 books, including the “Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing,” and co-author of “Making Health Care Whole: Integrating Spirituality Into Patient Care.” In 2013, Ferrell was named one of “30 Visionaries” in the field by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Mandell_MRHSherri Mandell, MA, is an Israeli-American author. The mother of Koby Mandell, a thirteen-year-old murdered near their home in the West Bank in May of 2001, Sherri is a certified pastoral counselor. Mandell and her husband, Rabbi Seth Mandell, founded the Koby Mandell Foundation. Sherri was born in New York and graduated from Cornell University in 1977. She received an M.A. in creative writing from Colorado State University and taught writing at the University of Maryland and at Penn State University. She is the author of “Writers of the Holocaust” and has written for numerous magazines and journals, including The Washington Post, The Denver Post and The Jerusalem Post. Sherri is the author of “The Blessings of a Broken Heart” and “The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration.”

Pantilat_MRHSteven Pantilat, MD, is a palliative care physician, hospitalist and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and founding director of the UCSF Palliative Care program. Dr. Pantilat is an internationally recognized expert in both hospital medicine and palliative care. Dr. Pantilat directs the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center which trains teams from more than 200 hospitals in establishing palliative care services. He also consults with hospitals and health systems nationally to help them establish, implement and grow palliative care programs. Dr. Pantilat also directs the Palliative Care Quality Network, a national collaboration of more than 85 palliative care teams focused on improving the quality of care for seriously ill people.

Lyndsy E. Adamson, MT-BC, has worked for Seasons Hospice as a Music Therapist since 2013. She supports the patient and their family members during their end-of-life journey. Prior to working at Seasons, she ran her own business in Canada in end-of-life care and cancer care with contracts in Windsor, Toronto and Montreal. She received her degree in music therapy from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada in 2009. Her current passion is implementing music therapy techniques to support end-of-life procedures and acute care needs at the inpatient unit.

Patricolo_MRHGail Elliott Patricolo, CMW, Beaumont health director for integrative medicine, designs, implements and manages integrative medicine services for patients, caregivers and staff within the Beaumont Health System. This department is now one of the largest in the country. Gail has a graduate degree in complementary medicine and wellness and is a Reiki master, hypnotherapist, guided imagery specialist and stress reduction expert. She has also completed numerous hours of hospice training. Gail has authored articles on holistic medicine in peer-reviewed journals and has also produced several guided imagery CDs.

SIMARD_MRHJoyce Simard, MSW, is an adjunct associate professor in the School of Nursing at Western Sydney University in Australia and a private geriatric consultant. She has been involved in long-term care for 37 years, serving as an Alzheimer’s specialist for many healthcare companies. Ms. Simard is the author of The Magic Tape Recorder, a book for children about Alzheimer’s disease and The End-of-Life Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia. In 2013, Provider Magazine recognized her as one of “20 To Watch” for her work in the field.