This Series on Palliative Care and Surgery is edited by Prof. Fabian M Johnston from Division of Surgical Oncology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA and Prof. Ana Berlin from Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery and Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Adult Palliative Medicine Service, Columbia University Medical Center, USA.
Fabian M. Johnston, M.D., M.H.S. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University where is also serves as Chief of the Section of Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology, Director of the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program and Program Director of the Complex General Surgical Oncology Program.
Dr. Johnston received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and medical degree from The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He completed residences between the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his Complex General Surgical Oncology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University. Here is also earned a Masters in Health Sciences at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and a certificate in Patient Safety and Quality through the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Dr. Johnston is funded through and Agency for Health Care Research and Quality K08 career award and as a co-investigator on multiple PCORI awards. He has authored over 90 publications and 14 book chapters. He is been a member of the Surgical Palliative Care Task Force of the American College of Surgeons, focusing on creating and disseminating palliative care education for surgeons.
Dr. Johnston’s research interest include utilization of highly innovative and novel strategies for the implementation of patient-centered models of care to improve utilization of palliative care amongst patients with advanced gastrointestinal malignancies. Through this he hopes to advance effective care to lessen suffering in vulnerable oncology patients and families, while simultaneously leading improvement of health care quality, costs, experiences and outcomes.
Dr. Ana Berlin is a dually-trained general surgeon and palliative care physician who thrives on the diagnostic, therapeutic, and ethical dilemmas that so commonly accompany urgent, emergent, and high-stakes surgical problems. Her interest in prognostication, communication, and decision-making in the surgical setting has driven her to forge a unique path at the intersection of surgery and palliative care. Throughout her career, she has worked to promote the incorporation of ethics, professionalism, and palliative care into surgical education and practice. Her research on surgical outcomes, palliative care utilization, and communication in surgical decision making has helped define triggers to aid in the identification of vulnerable patients for whom early concurrent palliative care is most appropriate, and to guide the development and evaluation of tools that help patients, families, and surgeons navigate difficult treatment decisions and formulate goal-concordant care plans. Dr. Berlin’s interest in pursuing systems-based approaches to promoting cultural change and quality improvement in health care has shaped her efforts to develop curricular interventions and clinical pathways to help surgeons provide compassionate, patient-centered care that minimizes the hazards and maximizes the value of surgical treatment.
- Development of surgical palliative care as a field and community building in palliative care: past, present, and future directions
- Primary palliative care for the surgeon
- Communication in Surgery
- Palliative Care Education in Surgery
- Research in Palliative Care and Surgery
- Palliative Surgery
- Nonoperative Interventions for Symptom Management in the Surgical Population
- Palliative Care in the Emer-gency General Surgery and Trauma Population
- Palliative Care for the Pediatric PatientPalliative Care for the Pediatric Patient
- Palliative Care in Transplantation
- Palliative care Disparities