Dr Gilbert Hosts: Palliative Care for Parkinson’s Disease

In this session of Dr. Gilbert Hosts, special guest Dr. Jori Fleisher shared her expertise on the ins and outs of palliative care and answered audience questions live.

Palliative care is a medical approach for those with complex illnesses, in which the focus is on maximizing quality of life. Contrary to popular belief, palliative care is not just for late-stage disease — this approach can be applied at any stage of the disease, even at the time of diagnosis! However, it does become more important as the disease advances. Many people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) have benefited from the palliative care approach from their physicians (and possibly not even realized it). When a treatment or therapy is added to improve quality of life, that is palliative care!

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Jori Fleisher, MD, MSCE is the Leslie Nan Burridge Endowed Faculty Scholar in Parkinson’s Disease Research and an Associate Professor of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She is a movement disorders neurologist who leads the Rush Advanced Interdisciplinary Movement Disorders Supportive Care (AIMS) Clinic, the CurePSP Center of Care, and the Rush Lewy Body Dementia Association Research Center of Excellence. Dr. Fleisher completed neurology and global health equities residencies, movement disorders fellowship, and a Master’s of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Fleisher has additional training in health services research, palliative care, and implementation science. Supported by the National Institutes of Health, foundations, and philanthropy, Dr. Fleisher has several studies underway focused on interdisciplinary home visits, telemedicine, interprofessional education, and peer mentoring to improve the lives of patients and families living with advanced movement disorders. Dr. Fleisher is a graduate of the American Academy of Neurology Emerging Leaders Forum and Palatucci Advocacy and Leadership Forum. She serves on the Editorial Board of the AAN’s patient-facing Brain & Life magazine and has been awarded the 2020 CurePSP Standout Achievement Award, and the CurePSP 2020 Inspiration and Innovation to Cure Award.

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