SAVANNAH — A renowned palliative-care expert from Johns Hopkins is coming to Savannah at the end of the month as part of Hospice Savannah Inc. and The Steward Center for Palliative Care’s seventh annual lecture series.
Dr. Thomas J. Smith, — a Harry J. Duffey family professor of palliative medicine and the director of palliative medicine with Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore — will deliver a talk titled “Things no one wants to think about, but should: The advantages of advance care planning,” or, “How I taught my nephew how to make my special peach cobbler.”
The public is invited to attend the community lecture and complimentary lunch, which is set for noon Friday, Jan. 30, at the Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. in Savannah. The event is funded by Bart Meyer & Company and the Endowment Fund of the Georgia Medical Society.
Smith is considered by experts in his field to be a passionate pioneer in the relatively young board-certified specialty of palliative care.
Smith said he advocates for open and honest communication with patients, setting medically appropriate goals and offering the best symptom management.
He provides evidence-based research to show how early access to hospice and palliative care actually extends life. Through discussion, he shares practical tools to deal with difficult physician-patient conversations.
To RSVP for the complimentary lunch, call 912-298-0313.