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3rd Annual Pediatric & Neonatal Palliative Care Symposium

Healing Through Words & Actions

Ronald Reagan, UCLA Medical Center - Tamkin Auditorium (B130)
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Monday, February 8, 2016
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM 

Course Agenda

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a greater understanding of end of life care and build confidence to become more comfortable delivering inpatient, pediatric/neonatal end-of-life care
  • Explore tools for addressing inter-professional conflicts and work-related stress
  • Examine current research on the effectiveness of mindfulness training in psychotherapy and offer participants hands on experience with mindfulness exercises
  • Learn from the experiences of professionals and bereaved families
  • Network with like-minded professionals from southern California

Continuing Education Contact Hours
UCLA Health is an approved Continuing Education Provider by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #12511 for 7.5 contact hours.
No partial CE credit given.

Featured Speakers and Presentations

Animesh Sabnis, MD and Nancy Quintanilla, BSN, RNC-NIC, NICU RN 

Review of Current State of Practice

Animesh Sabnis, MD, MFA, is a neonatologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of pediatrics at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He studies communication in serious illness and neonatal palliative care.


Nancy Quintanilla has been a NICU RN for 10 years and is Co-Chair of the Neonatal Palliative Care Committee at UCLA since in 2013. She is an ELNEC Trainer and a member of the UCLA
Ethics Committee.

Katherine Brown-Saltzman, RN, MA

Empowering Health Care Providers

Katherine Brown-Saltzman, R.N., M.A. is the Co-Director of the UCLA Health System Ethics Center and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Nursing. She received her B.S.N. from Marquette University and her M.A. from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA. Since 1975, her clinical practice has been in end of life care; her work is now focused on ethics and her area of research is centered on nurses' early indicators in ethical issues. She is the co-founder of the UCLA Ethics Center, is a member of three ethics committees and Co-chairs the UCLA Medical Center's Ethics Committee. She has been active in developing interdisciplinary programs on sustaining self-care, moral distress, and ethics education. As the Co-founder of the Ethics of Caring, Katherine has established a non-profit that has been providing annual ethics conferences for Southern California since 1993.

Reginal Randles, MA

Communicating with Compassion

Reg joined UCLA Health in January 2010 as a BRITE Training Specialist. In his current role as the Lead Training Specialist, he designs, develops, and facilitates training courses for UCLA Health Sciences. He is a Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI®) Certified Practitioner and a qualified D.i.S.C. Classic® facilitator. Reg is a published author of a case study on motivation and organizational citizenship behavior, presented at the 2008 Hawaii Global Conference on Business and Finance. He is a published author of the intrinsic-motivational book "Practice! Practice! Practice! 'Til It Rolls off Your Tongue Like Your Mother's First Name," and is an alumnus of the UCLA Professional Development Program (UCLA PDP). Reg holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University, an Executive Certificate in Public and NonProfit Leadership from Chapman University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Communication from California State University, Los Angeles.

Glenn Komatsu, MD

Whole Person Care

Career in Palliative care & Hospice:
Adult Palliative Care fellowship @ Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,
Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 2004-2005
Director of the Edmond R. and Virginia G. Doak Center for Palliative Care,
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, 2005-present
Medical Director of Providence TrinityKids Care Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care
Program, TrinityCare Hospice, 2005-present
Chief Medical Officer for Hospice, TrinityCare Hospice, 2007-present
University of Arizona, B.S. Biological Sciences, 1974
University of Arizona College of Medicine, M.D., 1978

Gina Kornfeind MSW, M.S.

Moderator: Parent's Perspective

Gina Kornfeind is the Social worker within the Mattel UCLA Children's Hospital Pediatric Pain and Palliative care Program. She is the Director of the Comforting Hearts Family Bereavement Support Group ofr UCLA Families who have had a child die.

Gina received a double Masters degree in Social Work and Special Education from Columbia University and Bank Street College of Education. She has been a medical social worker in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, NICU, and Bereavement services for the past 30 years. Gina trained/worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Children's Memorial Medical Center in Chicago, and now at Mattel UCLA in Los Angeles. Gina has an expertise in Pediatric Bereavement and feels privileged to be able to help support families and staff on their journeys involving loss.

Diana Winston, PhD

An Experience of Mindfulness

Diana Winston has been the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA Semel Institute's Mindful Awareness Research Center www.marc.ucla.edu since 2006. She is the co-author (with Susan Smalley, Ph.D.) of Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness and the CD, "Mindful Meditations" (2008). She has been teaching mindfulness nationally and internationally since 1993 and has brought mindful awareness into schools, hospitals, businesses, and nonprofits, as well as to leaders, educators, and health professionals in the US and Asia. Her work has been mentioned in the New York Times, Newsweek, O Magazine, Women's Health Magazine, CBS and ABC News, and the LA Times, among others. She has been called by the LA Times: "one of the nation's leading mindfulness teachers."

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