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Time and Location


Time: 8:00 - 9:00 AM


Dates: 09.13.2021 - 06.06.2022, Monthly


Location: Gaulton Auditorium, Biomedical Research Building


Zoom Meeting Link: Centerwide Series Zoom

Zoom ID: 910 2018 1848

Zoom Password: 822489

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September 13, 2022*

Identifying and Surmounting Barriers to Delivering Goal-Concordant Care

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Catherine Auriemma, MD, MSHP

Instructor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Auriemma's research focuses on improving the value of serious illness care by better aligning interventions with the values and preferences of patients and their families. She works to develop and validate patient- and family-centered outcomes for studies of critically and seriously ill populations. Her work has been featured in JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Network Open, Intensive Care Medicine, and The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.


She received her medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco, where she subsequently served as Chief Resident at Moffitt-Long Hospital. She completed her fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where she also received her Master’s degree in Health Policy Research.


*Please note alternative time and location for this speaker: 9:00 - 10:00 AM at 506EW Jordan Medical Education Center

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October 4, 2022

From the ABCs to the 4Ms: Bridging critical care and geriatrics to improve the functional outcomes of critically ill older adults

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Lauren Ferrante, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Yale School of Medicine



Dr. Ferrante is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and Director of the Operations Core at the Yale Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center.  Her research program is centered at the interface of critical care medicine and geriatrics, with the overarching goal of understanding and improving the functional outcomes of critically ill older adults.  Dr. Ferrante is currently funded by a Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders in Aging Career Development Award, the Yale Pepper Center, and a COVID supplement from the National Institute on Aging.  Her work has been recognized with many awards, most recently the ATS Critical Care Early Career Achievement Award (2022). Dr. Ferrante co-chairs the Aging in Critical Care Interest Group of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the Medical & Surgical Specialties Section of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), where she also serves on the Rising Star Selection and Mentoring Committee for the NIA Clin-STAR program. Clinically, she is an attending physician in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Yale-New Haven Hospital and cares for patients with persistent symptoms after COVID-19 infection in the Yale Post-COVID Recovery Program.


Dr. Ferrante trained in internal medicine at Columbia before moving to Yale for postdoctoral fellowship.  At Yale, she concurrently completed a clinical fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, a research fellowship in Geriatric Clinical Epidemiology, and a Masters of Health Science degree before joining the Yale faculty. 


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November 1, 2022

Dementia Palliative Care: Research and Clinical Innovation

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Laura Hanson, MD, MPH

Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill


Dr. Hanson is a tenured Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She was a founding co-Director of the UNC Palliative Care Program, an interdisciplinary program of palliative care services and related research and teaching. As a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, she provides clinical services for frail and medically complex older patients, and for adult patients of all ages with serious and potentially life-limiting illness.

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December 6, 2022

Building a path to Preventative Medicine in Acute/Critical Care

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Romain Pirracchio, MD, PhD

Professor of Clinical Anesthesia, Chief of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, University of California, San Francisco, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital


I am a French M.D., Ph.D., hailing from Paris. I obtained my M.D. in 2003, with a specialization in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. In 2008, I obtained a Master degree in Public Health, Medical Research Methodology and Biostatistics. I completed my doctoral studies in the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics (INSERM U-1153) at Hôpital Saint Louis, Paris, France in 2012. In 2012-2013, I spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow in Biostatistics in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Back in Paris, I was the clinical director of the surgical and trauma ICU at European Hospital Georges Pompidou (2013-2015) and a researcher in Biostatistics at the INSERM U-1153 unit. In January 2015, I have joined the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative care at the San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center (UCSF) as Visiting Associate Professor. In September 2016, I went back to Paris to take to serve as Full Professor and Chair for the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at European Hospital Georges Pompidou in Paris. Since 2018, I am now Professor of Anesthesia, Professor of Biostatistics at UCSF and chief of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at UCSF. In 2019, I became the first recipient of the Ronald D. Miller Distinguished Professorship, Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, UCSF.


My two main research areas are clinical research in Anesthesiology and Critical care Medicine and applied research in Biostatistics. In Biostatistics, I am broadly interested in problems of predictive analytics, machine learning and causal inference. In particular, I have developed novel methodologies for addressing scientific questions using complex observational data subject to sampling biases. I am harnessing Big Data generated from continuous ICU monitoring by leveraging upcoming innovation in online Machine Learning to ultimately be able to provide personalized real-time prediction and decision tools that would help the clinician in the ICU. In 2016, I created together with Prof. Antoine Chambaz a multi-disciplinary research team dedicated to this (ACTERREA: which was officially labelled by the French National Research Agency (CNRS) and hosts researchers with different backgrounds (clinical research, biostatistics, applied mathematics, data science) from different institutions. Since 2018, I am leading a lab ( that spans across UCSF and UC Berkeley campuses and focusses on the development of AI algorithms for clinical decision support in acute care.

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March 7, 2023

Aging and Dying in Prison: Integrating geriatrics and palliative care into criminal justice reform


Brie Williams, MD, MS

Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Univeristy of California, San Francisco


Dr. Brie Williams, Professor of Medicine in the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, is a physician trained in internal medicine, geriatrics, and palliative care. Her work focuses on transforming prison culture to focus on the health of residents and staff, dignity, and humanity, and on bringing the science of geriatrics and palliative care to criminal justice reform. Her research has called for improved responses to disability, cognitive impairment, and serious illness in incarcerated older persons; a more scientific development of compassionate release policies; and a broader inclusion of incarcerated people in national health datasets. In 2016, Dr. Williams provided expert testimony to the US Sentencing Commission on proposed changes to Compassionate Release policies, recommendations which were later incorporated into the First Step Act. Dr. Williams directs Amend, a training and leadership development program that draws on international best practices to give correctional leaders, prison officers, and policymakers the tools needed to transform the toxic environments of US prisons to focus more on health, dignity, and readiness for community return. She is also a founding co-director of the Aging Research in Criminal Justice Network, funded by the National Institute on Aging, a research network of over 200 academic and community members working to expand research at the intersection of aging and criminal legal system involvement. Supporters of her work include the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, the Schusterman Foundation, the National Palliative Care Research Center, the National Institute on Aging, the UC Office of the President, and the Cambia Foundation, among others.

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April 11, 2023

How Health Policy can Help or Hinder Health Equity

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Karen Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, Washington University


Karen E. Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH is a cardiologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and an Associate Professor at Washington University School of Medicine, and co-director of the Center for Health Economics and Policy at Washington University’s Institute for Public Health.


Dr. Joynt Maddox is a health services and health policy researcher with expertise in quality and outcomes measurement, value-based and alternative payment models, and health equity. She has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications, and has received federal and foundation grants focused on issues in health policy. She served from 2014-2016 as Senior Advisor in the Office of Health Policy in the United States Department of Health and Human Services. She is the Associate Editor for health policy at the Journal of the American Medical Association, and serves on committees related to quality measurement and payment reform with the National Quality Forum, American College of Cardiology, and American Heart Association.

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May 9, 2023

Addressing Food Apartheid and Its Impact on Kidney Health

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Deidra C. Crews, MD, ScM, FASN, MACP

Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Dr. Crews is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She holds appointments with the School of Nursing, the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, the Center on Aging and Health, and the Center for Health Equity, where she is Deputy Director.  Her research focuses on addressing disparities in the care and outcomes of kidney disease and hypertension through epidemiologic studies and clinical trials. An elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Dr. Crews has received numerous awards for her research contributions, including the 2018 Johns Hopkins University President’s Frontier Award—a $250,000 award recognizing significant scholarly achievement and exceptional promise for important future work. She is a former National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Emerging Leader Scholar and was the inaugural Gilbert S. Omenn Anniversary Fellow of the NAM. Dr. Crews has received the W. Lester Henry Award for Diversity and Access to Care from the American College of Physicians (ACP) (2019) and is a Master of the ACP. The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) has honored Dr. Crews with  Distinguished Leader Award (2019), and she currently serves as ASN Secretary.


Dr. Crews received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and her medical degree from Saint Louis University. A graduate of the Osler Medical Training Program, she completed nephrology fellowship and a master’s in clinical epidemiology degree at Johns Hopkins.

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June 6, 2023

Advancing Health Equity through Innovative Research on Structural Racism


Tyson Brown, PhD

Associate Professor of Sociology, Duke University


Tyson H. Brown is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke University, where he holds the WLF endowed chair and directs the Center on Health & Society. His program of research examines the who, when, and how questions regarding ethnoracial inequalities in health. Dr. Brown has authored numerous articles in leading population health, sociology, gerontology and health policy journals. Brown’s current research focuses on developing novel approaches to measuring structural racism across societal domains (political, economic, housing, and criminal-legal systems) and quantifying structural racism’s health effects, with the goal of providing knowledge to achieve health equity and improve population health.

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