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Lurie Cancer Center Professional Education Events

17th Annual Pain & Palliative Care Conference

On Friday, June 16, 2023, the 17th Annual Pain & Palliative Care Conference will bring together physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and healthcare professionals to share research and clinical best practices to advance the field of palliative care and improve care for patients with serious illnesses and their loved ones.

Register now for June 16

Event Details

Friday, June 16, 2023

Check-in & Exhibits: 8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. Central Time
Program: 8:50 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Central Time

Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center
302 E. Huron St., Chicago, Illinois
Simpson Querrey Auditorium
* streaming video option available

Register Agenda

New this year! A professional photographer will offer complementary headshots for all onsite conference attendees. No appointment needed.


  • KEYNOTE: Messy, Uncertain, With No Good Solutions: Can Ethics Help with Everyday Practice?
  • Palliative Rehabilitation
  • Better Surgical Communication
  • Pruritis and Management
  • Dyspnea in the Palliative Care Patient
  • Non-Pharmacologic Therapies for Pain

Confirmed Speakers

  • KEYNOTE: Kathy Johnson Neely, MD, MA, HEC-C
  • Kaley Brouwer, OT
  • Heejung Choi, MD
  • Beth Holland, PT
  • Shaoxin Lu, MD
  • Hannah Manella, RD, CEP
  • Natalie Munger, MD
  • Ishan Roy, MD, PhD
  • Minti Shah, MD
  • Anna Shannahan, MD, ABOIM, FAWM
  • Erin Strong, MD
  • Alyssa Van Denburg, PhD
  • Jennifer Underwood


Conference Fees

General $50
Northwestern Affiliates $30
Students, residents, fellows $20
Industry $250
Virtual Only $10
Note: Virtual option provides a live stream on the day of the event and access to the recorded video for 2 weeks afterwards, however,  you may ONLY claim credit for watching the LIVE STREAM. No credit will be available for watching the recording after event day.

Target Audience

Nurses, APRNs, physician assistants, physicians, social workers, chaplains, psychologists, and other healthcare professionals

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this conference, participants will be able to:

  • Provide practical advice for the front-line clinician to share with patients to maintain or improve function.
  • Describe a framework to define goals of surgery in simple language that the entire care team can use.
  • Differentiating between types of pruritis, identifying appropriate treatments and interventions.
  • Introduce an approach to diagnosis and treatment of dyspnea in the palliative care patient.
  • Describe and characterize the role of parental distress when caring for children with serious or life limiting illnesses.
  • Discuss non-pharmacologic therapies for pain.
  • Compare and contrast moral distress, moral injury, moral uncertainty and moral dilemmas.

Contact Hours

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This continuing professional development conference offers 5.0 contact hours for nurses.

Additionally, this activity provides continuing education contact hours for social workers through Northwestern Medicine.

For more information regarding contact hours, please contact

Conference Leadership


paiceJudith Paice, PhD, RN
Cancer Pain Program, Northwestern Medicine
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University


PenateRev. Edward Penate, DMin, BCC
Staff Chaplain for Palliative Care and Spiritual Care & Education
Northwestern Medicine


SzmuilowiczEytan Szmuilowicz, MD
Palliative Medicine
Northwestern Medicine

Additional Information

For additional information about the event, please contact