B-TAC

The Blog to Transform Advanced Care

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Narrative, Collaboration, Impact

As both a family caregiver and a physician, I deeply support C-TAC’s mission: That all Americans with advanced illness should receive the high-quality care they want, when and where they want it. That’s why I’ll be at C-TAC’s National Summit, where physicians have a unique opportunity to shape the future of advanced and palliative care in service of our patients and communities.

“Telling our story is an important part of sense-making and understanding identity.”
Lucy Kalanithi

C-TAC convenes a critical mass of stakeholders with the power to effect real change, with attendees ranging from health systems and payers, to individual providers and community groups. Because of the breadth of stakeholders represented, the National Summit allows attendees to play a direct role in building the narrative that informs – and in turn reflects – advanced illness care transformation. The Summit allows for unparalleled insights into where we are in the story of our movement, helping drive effective collaboration that translates into impact.

This 2018 Summit will focus on the “how to” of implementation, addressing care delivery, legislative and policy challenges to advanced care models, empowering patients and family caregivers, enhancing clinician capacity, promoting culture change, and measuring success. As physicians, we are uniquely positioned to guide the future of transformation, so I invite you to lend us your insights and perspective as we enter the next phase of our work together. You’ll join more than 400 stakeholders from across the health care continuum to make change with — and for — our communities.

That’s why I’ll be in Denver this year. Join us!


Dr. Lucy Kalanithi is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir When Breath Becomes Air, to which she wrote the epilogue. She completed her medical degree at Yale, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society, her residency training at the University of California-San Francisco and a postdoctoral fellowship in healthcare delivery innovation at Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center. Drawing on experiences as a physician and caregiver, she has interests in health care value, meaning in medicine, patient-centered care and end-of-life care. She serves on leadership boards for TEDMED, the American College of Physicians and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care. She was a speaker at TEDMED in 2016 and has appeared on NPR, PBS Newshour, Yahoo News with Katie Couric, Elle and in The New York Times. Dr. Kalanithi is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and an honoree of Mass General Cancer Center’s the one hundred. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her daughter Cady.

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