Visiting Nurse Associations of America
Bestselling author Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP, will join VNAA at the 34th Annual Meeting, Leading Innovation, in Miami, Florida on April 7 to offer her perspective on end of life care. Dr. Kalanithi is the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air.
Dr. Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, and wrote his book to chronicle his attempt to answer the question "What Makes Life Worth Living?" Dr. Lucy Kalanithi wrote the epilogue, shepherded his book to publication, and continues to tell Paul’s powerful story. She is an internal medicine physician and faculty member at the Stanford School of Medicine in Palo Alto, CA. At the cross-section of her career as a medical professional and her personal experience standing alongside her husband during his life, diagnosis, treatment, and death, Dr. Kalanithi has special interests in healthcare value, meaning in medicine, patient-centered care and, end-of-life care.
VNAA is thrilled that Dr. Kalanithi will join the discussion panel, “Death, Redesigned.” The panel includes IDEO representatives Bruce MacGregor and Grant Wedner, who will discuss design thinking approaches to developing new resources to support the home and palliative care workforce as well as family caregivers. The session is moderated by Alexandra Drane, founder of Engage with Grace and The Unmentionables movement.
Dr. Kalanithi will read from When Breath Becomes Air, and will be available to sign the book. She has appeared on PBS NewsHour, NPR Morning Edition, and Yahoo News with Katie Couric, and been interviewed for People, NPR, and The New York Times. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her daughter, Elizabeth Acadia. Visit the Annual Meeting site for more information and to register.