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Steering Committee

Co-Chairs: Christina M. Puchalski, MD and Msgr. Robert Vitillo, MSW

Leaders’ Council

Richard Bauer, MM, LCSW

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Windhoek, Namibia

Peter Blomquist

Principal, Blomquist International, Seattle, WA

Noreen Chan, MD

Senior Consultant, Palliative Medicine, Department of Haematology-Oncology; National University Cancer Institute, Singapore

Manuel M. Dayrit, MD

Dean, Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, Pasig City, Philippines

Liliana De Lima, MHA

Executive Director, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care; President, Latin American Palliative Care Association, Houston, TX

Chaplain Bruce D. Feldstein, MD

Director, The Jewish Chaplaincy at Stanford University Medical Center; Spiritual Care Service, Stanford Hospital & Clinics; Adjunct Clinical Professor, Center for Education and Research in Family and Community Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

Xavier Gomez-Batiste, MD, PhD

Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Palliative Care Programs; Catalan Institute of Oncology Barcelona / Chair of Palliative Care. University of Vic., Barcelona, Spain

George Handzo, MDiv, BCC

Director of Health Services Research and Quality, HealthCare Chaplaincy, New York, NY

Carolyn Jacobs, MSW, PhD

Dean and Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft Professor, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA

Najmeh Jafari, MD

Community and Preventive Medicine Specialist; Post-doctorate Scientist, George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish), The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Ikali Karvinen, PhD

Principal Lecturer, Project Director, Diaconia University of Applied Sciences; Health Care Researcher, University of Eastern Finland, Helsinki, Finland

Father Piotr Krakowiak, PhD

Professor of Pastoral Theology and Social Work, Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń; National Chaplain of Hospice Movement in Poland, Toruń, Poland

Carlo Leget, PhD

Professor in Ethics of Care and Spiritual Counseling, University of Humanistic Studies; Professor in Ethical and Spiritual Questions in Palliative Care with Association for Highcare Hospices, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Katherine S. McOwen, MS Ed

Director of Educational Affairs, Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC

Dr. Shane Sinclair, PhD

Assistant Professor, Cancer Care Research Professorship; Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary; Clinician Scientist—Person Centred Care, Alberta Health Services, Cancer Care, Tom Baker Cancer Centre; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary

Virginia A. Stallings, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Reverend Professor John Swinton, PhD, RN

Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies, School of Divinity with Religious Studies and Philosophy, King's College, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Sister Patricia Talone, RSM, PhD

Vice President, Mission Services, Catholic Health Association of the United States, St. Louis, MO

Deane L. Wolcott, MD

Director, Oncology Supportive Care Services, Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA 90048


Christina Puchalski, MD, MS, FACP

Director, George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health; Professor, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Rev. Msgr. Robert Vitillo, MSW

Caritas Internationalis, Head of Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva and Special Advisor on Health and HIV, Geneva, Switzerland

Global Network Affiliates

American Psychosocial oncology society

Caritas International

European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy