Transitions Professional Center and Patient & Family Support Services of the
OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Are Pleased to Announce our 2018 Keynote Speaker


FRANK OSTASESKI – Author of The Five Invitations
Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Wisdom.2.0 and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. Frank is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Humanities Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

His groundbreaking work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully. More info:

About Our Work:

Palliative care is patient and family-centered care for patients with life-threatening, life-limiting, or terminal illness that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering. Palliative care throughout the continuum of illness involves addressing physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs, and facilitating patient autonomy, access to information, and choice. Allied health care and medical professionals who attend this conference will have the opportunity to learn from and network with providers, researchers, and educators in the field of palliative care.

Conference Objectives:

To provide a forum for allied health care and medical professionals to contribute knowledge in the realms of palliative care theory, research, assessment, and treatment.

Specifically, learning objectives include:

1. Identifying ways to incorporate palliative care practices early in the care of patients with life-limiting, life-threatening, or terminal illness.

2. Understand best practices for collaboration across a wide variety of professional fields.

3. Learn new and innovative ways of preserving dignity within palliative care.

Target Audiences:

Allied health care, medical professionals and trainees, including social workers, clinical psychologists, nurses, physicians, chaplains and other spiritual leaders, neuropsychologists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, art therapists, music therapists, and recreational therapists, as well as other professionals who want to broaden their knowledge in the area of palliative care.

Continuing Education:

Continuing education credits will be offered to those interested. We are working on being able to offer MD CME’s in 2018. More details on Registration Page.

We will have presenter handouts and slides available on our website by 10/19/18 for this year’s conference. In an attempt to reduce costs and paper usage we WILL NOT have these printed or available on the day of the conference. However, due to numerous requests, we WILL have a printed handout of our schedule available the day of the conference, it will also be available to print or view here on the agenda page.

Questions, contact Emily Vierck, Office Manager at 503-972-7090 ext. 101


We would like to thank Regence for their continued support of our conference.