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Palliative and End-of-Life Care
NetWork News

Note from the NetWork Chair

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Over this past year, many have reflected how, in some important ways, COVID-19 is the ultimate palliative care disease: Affecting many organ systems, acutely and chronically, in any person from any background, with prognostic uncertainty and high demand for family-centered support and counseling. While we all continue the hard work of serving patients living with critical or chronic progressive illnesses and their families, the Palliative and End-of-Life Care NetWork remains committed to supporting CHEST members with experience and expertise navigating these waters.


Hunter Groninger, MD, FCCP
Chair, Palliative and End-of-Life Care NetWork

Learn more about our NetWork’s Chair in the "Get to know your leadership" section.

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NetWork CHEST Physician article 

Check out our NetWork’s latest article, “Communicating serious news over video, by steering committee member, Andrew Badke, MD, in the latest CHEST Physician® issue.  


Upcoming NetWork call

As a NetWork member, you're welcome to join your NetWork Steering Committee calls. If interested in joining an upcoming call, please contact Michelle Kosobucki at, and she will be happy to share access information. 

  • Wednesday, September 22, 10 am CT 

CHEST 2021

COVID-19 resources

Explore the COVID-19 Resource Center to find curated content to help you during the pandemic. Browse through clinical resources, access key research related to the management of patients with COVID-19, view recorded webinars, and more.


Get to know your leadership:

Hunter Groninger, MD

Dr. Hunter Groninger, our NetWork Chair, serves as Director of the Section of Palliative Care at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University. For the last 4 years, he has been a member of this NetWork board, most recently serving as Vice-Chair. Committed to a clinical field that focuses on alleviating suffering in advanced illness, participation and collaboration with CHEST seems a natural fit. Some of his current scholarly interests include palliative care delivery in cardiovascular medicine, innovative symptom management strategies, language and word choice in complex communication, and the medical humanities. Hunter grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and studied literature in college and graduate school before starting medical school. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, daughter, and two unruly dogs.

undefined-May-26-2021-03-32-06-59-PM-1Danielle McCamey, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FCCP

Dr. Danielle McCamey, our NetWork Vice-Chair, is currently the Chief APP of Pre-Anesthesia Testing and a senior APP in Surgical Critical Care Medicine at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and has been in nursing for nearly 20 years in perioperative and critical care. She received her doctorate in nursing practice. Her dissertation focused on integrating early palliative care screenings in the neurosurgical intensive care unit. She is the Founder, President, and CEO of DNPs of Color, a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to build communities for nurses of color through networking, mentorship, and advocacy to increase diversity in doctoral studies, nursing practice, and leadership. Her passions are in mentoring nurses; diversity; equity, inclusion, and antiracism in nursing; and palliative care in critical care. In her spare time, she enjoys time with family, dancing, traveling, and long rides on her motorcycle.

Also of interest

  • In-person simulation courses are back and seats are filling fast. The all-new course format for 2021 ensures your safety while offering you valuable hands-on, interactive training with experts. Explore the full course schedule to find other courses:
  • The e-Learning Library’s new Education Spotlight courses offer you tools to strengthen your skills in chest medicine. CHEST’s Education Spotlight courses offer a deep dive into topic areas like cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, COPD, and more. Gain practical training and earn some CME credit while you’re at it. Start learning; explore the courses.

  • The NetWorks Challenge 2021 starts this July! Join us this summer in a virtual 25k race to raise funds for community-based projects focused on health disparities and disproportionately underserved communities. Get ready to compete in the challenge to directly make an impact on those who could otherwise not afford access to health care. Register before June 1 to receive reduced early bird pricing on your race kit.

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