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Thank you to the 2018 IPBC Plenary Speakers!

Terri L. Major-Kincade, MD, MPH, FAAP 

Accepted, Anticipated and Negated: The Paradox of Repetitive Perinatal Loss in the African American Community: A Health Disparities Perspective.

Dr. Major-Kincade has practiced Pediatrics/ Neonatology for the past 20 years, including 5 years as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UT Houston Medical School/Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital. She has chaired the Neonatal Palliative Care Teams at Texas Health Resources Dallas and Plano for the past 7 years after completing the Palliative Care Education and Practice Program at Harvard Medical School in 2010. Dr. Major-Kincade has presented at numerous OB, Nursing and PLIDA conferences over the past several years in the areas of Neonatal Palliative Care.

Brian S. Carter, MD 

Liminality & Accompaniment in the Context of Perinatal Palliative Care.

Dr. Carter is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine (1983). He completed his residency in Pediatrics at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center (1986) & Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship at the University of Colorado (1990). He was an active duty US Army Medical Corps officer (1983-1996) and is a 1991 Gulf War veteran. His clinical and academic career has revolved around neonatology, bioethics and palliative care. Dr. Carter has been recognized for his work in pediatric palliative care and published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, 30 book chapters and 3 books. He is the past-Chairman of the AAP’s Section on Hospice & Palliative Medicine. He teaches fellows, residents, medical students, graduate students, and nurse practitioners and remains clinically active in Kansas City. Dr. Carter was recently named Sirridge Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Kathie Kobler, PhD, APN, PCNS-BC, CHPPN, FPCN 

Tracing Rainbows through the Rain: Reconnecting to Purpose in Our Work.

Dr. Kathie Kobler is an Advanced Practice Nurse with over three decades of experience providing a relationship-based approach to care for infants and children with serious illness, and their families. She is APN Coordinator of Advocate Children’s Hospital’s Center for Fetal Care. Dr. Kobler is a published author, including co-author of Meaningful Moments: Ritual and Reflection When a Child Dies. She is an invited professional speaker regarding perinatal, neonatal, pediatric palliative care and bereavement issues. Dr. Kobler is involved in advancing expert care in serious illness through leadership positions with the Hospice & Palliative Credentialing Center, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, and National Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care Collaborative. Dr. Kobler is a 2014-2016 Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, with research on health care professionals’ experiences of caring for children at end of life. She is a 2016 Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing (FPCN), and received the 2017 Distinguished Career Award from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses.

June Hanke, MSN, MPH, RN

Maternal Mortality and Morbidity – current status, and care of families and providers following a severe maternal event

June Hanke has 30 years of clinical nursing experience in newborn nursery, pediatrics, high-risk Antepartum, Postpartum and labor and delivery. In addition, June has ten years public health focus on maternal and infant health. Currently Hanke gathers statistics on health condition and create GIS maps of heath indicators. Hanke is a current member of the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Taskforce, the Executive committee for the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies, as well as Co-chair of the collaborate’s Community Committee. Hanke is also the Chair of the March of Dimes Health Babies are Worth the Wait Project, a member of the Nurse Family Advisory Board and the Perinatal HIV Taskforce.

Diane G. Sanford, PhD 

When Loss Becomes More than Grief: The Differences Between the Normal Experience of Loss, Complicated Grieving and Clinical Depression

Dr. Sanford is an internationally recognized expert in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and self-care. She has presented extensively in US and Canada to doctors, nurses, behavioral health providers, childbirth educators, support staff and consumers on PMADs. In addition, Dr. Sanford co-authored two books, has been interviewed for numerous print, online and broadcast articles.

Denise Côté-Arsenault, PhD, RNC, FNAP, FAAN 

Using Theoretical Perspectives to Improve Care for Bereaved Families

Dr. Côté-Arsenault’s clinical area and research program meet in the care of families who are or have experienced perinatal loss. Perinatal palliative care, and couples continuing pregnancy with a lethal fetal diagnosis are Dr. Côté-Arsenault’s current topics of research and publication. As the principal investigator of the study being presented in a concurrent session, Dr. Côté-Arsenault has presented on these topics numerous times. She has over 20 publications, and has two funded NIH studies. As a nurse educator and a researcher, Dr. Côté-Arsenault has taught theory and research to undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. She is currently Co-chair of the PLIDA Education Committee, and is involved in the planning for the 2018 International Conference.

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