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Grand Rounds – Nathan Gray, MD & Kristen Lakis, MSW Mdiv: Picture my Voice: Harnessing the Power of Comics for Palliative Care

January 30, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

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Wednesdays at 8am, Patient Family Resource Center Conference Room (Ground Floor, North Carolina Cancer Hospital)

Hosted by the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program (CCSP) and the UNC Palliative Care Program.

Presenters: Nathan Gray, MD and Kristen Lakis, MSW Mdiv

Title: “Picture my Voice: Harnessing the Power of Comics for Palliative Care”

Bios: Nathan Gray is a palliative medicine physician with Duke University Health System’s Palliative Care Program. After medical school internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Southwestern, he completed palliative care fellowship at Duke. Clinically, he serves on the inpatient consult services and has been piloting a Palliative House Calls Program. Academically, he is interested in care for vulnerable populations and the intersection of visual art and healthcare. His cartoons and illustrations have been featured in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Narrative Magazine, the AMA Journal of Ethics, the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, and Topic Magazine. He and his wife, Bethany, live in Durham and are currently foster parents to two extremely active kiddos. 

Kristen Register Lakis currently serves as the clinical social worker on the Duke Pediatric Palliative Care team. Prior to this role, she worked as a social worker on the adult and pediatric bone marrow transplant teams at UNC Hospitals. Her professional experience includes adult community mental healthcare in Washington, D.C., pastoral care ministry in the Presbyterian Church, grief counseling at Duke Hospice, and chaplaincy training at UNC hospitals. Kristen earned her MSW at the UNC School of Social Work and her M.Div at Duke. She lives in Durham with her husband Andrew and two boys – Sam and Abe. 

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The School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Continuing Medical Education Statement

The School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health professionals will receive a certificate of attendance from an AMA PRA Category 1™ activity. These certificates are accepted by the NC Boards for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and respiratory therapists.  Other health care providers may also be able to use these certificates, depending on their particular license requirements.  (License requirements are subject to change. Participants should check with their licensing boards for specific questions.  UNC and its partners are not responsible for changes in license requirements.)

Disclosure statement

This activity has been planned and implemented under the sole supervision of the course director and planning committee, in association with the UNC Office of Continuing Professional Development (UNC CPD).  The course director, planning committee, presenters, and CPD staff have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests as defined by the ACCME.


January 30, 2019
8:00 am - 9:00 am
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