b'PALLIATIVE CARE RETREAT & RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM37James Tulsky, MD,isPoorvu Jaffe Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Chief of the Division of Palliative Medicine at Brigham and Womens Hospital, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Chair, NPCRC Scientific Advisory Council. He has a longstanding interest in understanding and improving clinician-patient communication and the experience of patients living with serious illness. He currently co-leads an NIH Collaboratory-funded multi-site pragmatic trial to improve advance care planning in elderly cancer patients. He is also a Founding Director of VitalTalk, a non-profit devoted to improving serious illness care through communication skills teaching. Dr. Tulsky is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, including the 2002 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the 2006 Award for Research Excellence from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), the 2014 American Cancer Society Pathfinders in Palliative Care Award, and in 2017 was named a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Visionary by [email protected] N. Ufere, MD,is a Transplant Hepatologist in the Division of Gastroenterology within the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. She is a member of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program and the Center for Aging and Serious Illness, and her research interests center around palliative and supportive care and informed decision-making with the goal of developing interventions aimed at improving the quality of life and quality of care for patients with advanced liver disease and their caregivers. [email protected] Unroe, MD,is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Indiana University and Scientist at the Regenstrief Institute. Her research, clinical, and policy interests are focused on quality of and access to palliative care in nursing homes. Current research includes a clinical trial of palliative care in nursing homes and a pragmatic trial of advance care planning in nursing homes. She was PI of OPTIMISTIC, an 8-year $30.3 million CMS-funded demonstration project to reduce hospitalizations in 40 facilities. She was a Beeson K23 Career Development Awardee and a 2009-2010 Health and Aging Policy Fellow. She isthe founder of Probari, Inc. [email protected] Wells, PhD, RN,is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Nursing atthe University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research interests are focused on developing and optimizing early, multicomponent palliative care interventions to underresourced individuals with advanced illness, particularly advanced heart failure, and their family caregivers living in the Deep South. Funded by a NIH/NINR K99/R00 grant, Dr. Wells is currently examining the potential for lay navigators to increase palliative care use in older adults with advanced heart failure in the rural South. She is a 2020 HPNA Research [email protected]'