Friday, December 14, 2012

Leffert lecture addresses aging population


LEFFERT LEGACY: From left, Linda Leffert; Ritchie, Schwamm; Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, chief of the MGH Palliative Care Service; and Brit Nicholson, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer

The second annual Robert Leffert, MD, Palliative Care Memorial Lecture took place Nov. 27 in the O’Keeffe Auditorium, featuring Christine Ritchie, MD, Harris Fishbon Distinguished Professor for Clinical and Translational Research in Aging in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California San Francisco. In her presentation “What is Complexity and How Do We Provide Good Care for Those Experiencing It?” Ritchie addressed the increasing levels of medical complexity in the aging population and described the lack of evidence supporting the best care for this growing population. The lecture – held annually in memory of Leffert, who served as chief of the MGH Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the MGH Surgical Upper Extremity Rehabilitation Unit – was created through a donation from Leffert’s daughter, Lisa Leffert, MD, chief of the Obstetric Anesthesia Division, and her husband, Lee Schwamm, MD, vice chair of Neurology.

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