Annual Lecture Series features Johns Hopkins’ renowned Palliative Care expert.


Hospice Savannah, Inc. & The Steward Center for Palliative Care’s 7th Annual Lecture Series will feature  Thomas J. Smith, MD, the Harry J. Duffey Family Professor of Palliative Medicine, Professor of Oncology at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Director of Palliative Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Smith will present “Integrating Palliative Care into our Practice, with some Pearls” at Memorial Health University Medical Center’s Grand Rounds on Friday, January 30 at 8:00 a.m. This event is sponsored by Dr. Martin H. Greenberg; CME’s and CEU’s are available.

The public is warmly invited to attend the community lecture and complimentary luncheon sponsored by The Georgia Medical Society’s Endowment Fund and by Bart, Meyer & Company. Dr. Smith’s talk  “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”  will be held at the Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn Street, Savannah at 12 noon. RSVP for the complimentary lunch by calling 912.298.0313. CEU’s are available.

As a passionate pioneer in the relatively young board-certified specialty of palliative care, Dr. Smith advocates for open and honest communication with patients, setting medically appropriate goals, and offering the best symptom management.  He believes, “Too many physicians avoid uncomfortable conversations regarding pain and difficult decisions about patients’ future,” and wishes his peers would learn to use the three simple words, ‘Tell me more’ when speaking with their patients. Dr. Smith will provide evidence-based research to show how early access to hospice and palliative care actually extends life, and through honest and engaging discussion will share practical tools to deal with difficult physician-patient conversations.

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Issues of Historical Trauma and Traumatic Loss among the African American Community

January 28, 2015

Candler Hospital Marsh Auditorium, 5353 Reynolds St, Savannah, GA 31405

Chanda M. Dunn, LMSW

Chanda Dunn, Licensed Master of Social Work is an individual and family therapist who currently provides mental health services to children, adolescents, and families in the Savannah area. She has a wide range of personal and professional experience providing therapeutic services to children and adolescents who are are currently facing emotional, academic, environmental, and behavioral disruptions during vital stages of individual development and growth. Chanda’s interests and specializations center on trauma and attachment, understanding cultural and racial issues within social work among minority families, and child development and mental health. Chanda is a native of Leavenworth, Kansas by way of Washington, Georgia. Chanda earned her B.S. in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia's College of Family and Consumer Sciences in 2009 and her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Georgia's School of Social Work in 2012.  She also holds a Certificate of Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Georgia. 



It's that time again! Louisa Laird is again graciously allowing us to celebrate the holidays at her house, this year.  The party will be December 11th, from approximately 6:00 to 8:00The address is 4111 Amsterdam Circle Savannah, GAThe event is freeFeel free to bring something if you would like, but it is not necessary. This is a way for CSWA members to wind-down after a long year of hard work. Hope to see you all there!

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