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Dr. Koo is an academic hospitalist and is board certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. He is an attending physician on the General Medicine and Gastrointestinal Oncology Services and provides consultations on the Palliative Medicine Service. He is also the Director of Medical Student Education within the Department of Medicine at Weil Cornell Medical College and a core facult member for the Transitional Year Residency Program. His academic interests include incorporating evidence-based medicine into individual patient care and clinical decision making in advanced cancer and serious illness.
Pulmonary and Critical Care physician at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Assistant Professor of Medicine. Research interests: resuscitation, mechanical ventilation and liver diseases in the critically ill.
My experiences in training and clinical practice at the Texas/Mexico border, the Bronx, and in socialized New Zealand have all made me the physician that I am today: practicing and learning medicine in such disparate environments served to underscore the importance of seeking to empathically understand each patient’s narrative and their social context as equally as elucidating their underlying diagnosis. I currently focus my clinical effort in two areas: as a palliative care physician at Parkland Hospital, a safety net health system in Dallas, and an academic hospitalist in both a quartenary university hospital system and Parkland Hospital. In my role as UT Southwestern Internal Medicine Clerkship Co-director and Colleges Mentor, I create a safe learning environment in which our learners continually strive to grow in the application of evidence-based medicine, aspire to view medicine from their patients’ perspectives with empathy and embed reflection into their daily practice.
I completed medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College (formerly Jefferson Medical College) in Philadelphia, PA and my residency training in Internal Medicine at George Washington University Hospital in DC. I then went on to compete a 1-year fellowship in Medical Education, also at GW and am currently practicing as a hospitalist in DC. Specific topics of interest include the development of hospitalists and residents as clinician-educators, mentorship in medical education, and the role of literature/the humanities in medicine.
Tamara Vesel, MD is the Chief of the Division of Palliative Care in the Department of Medicine at Tufts Medical Center and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her focus is on the clinical practice of Palliative Medicine of all ages, education in Palliative Care, and developing a Palliative Care program at Tufts medical center and Medical school. Dr. Vesel has research interests in the disparities in communication and end of life care, nationally and internationally.
She is currently a Tufts University Tisch Faculty Fellow with a grant to engage the community of Chinese immigrants in Boston’s Chinatown in the exploration of Chinese American culture in conversations around serious illness, bereavement and decision making in end of life care in the populations of Chinatown.
Prior to joining Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Vesel developed a pediatric hospice program in the Boston area and was a director of the Fellowship Program at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. She has extensive work experience in teaching and was the course director at Harvard Medical School for “Living with Life Threatening Illness,” that taught medical students the fundamental knowledge, attitudes, and skills for working with a dying patient and their family. She also cofounded the curriculum and served as the pediatric co-director for PCEP and the Harvard center for palliative care, an interdisciplinary international palliative care course, until 2012.
Dr. Vesel has a passion for clinical patient care and teaching of interdisciplinary learners in various care settings. She enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures and spending time hiking and meditating in nature. Dr. Vesel loves music and other arts, in particular playing the harp. Her favorite time spent is with friends and family.
Dr. Jane deLima Thomas is the Clinical Director for Adult Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Associate Director for the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship. She is an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Thomas's academic focus is teaching clinician self-awareness in communicating with patients, families, other clinicians, and learners. She teaches about communications skills such as breaking bad news, having goals of care discussions, and leading conflictual family meetings. Additionally, she has taught nationally about mindfulness of emotion in the clinical encounter, the role of hope in palliative care, and clinician burnout and self-care. Her publications include giving feedback to learners, interprofessional communication in palliative care, managing misunderstandings about prognosis, and self-care for clinicians caring for patients with advanced cancer. Her teaching has roots in her clinical practice as a palliative care physician; the desire to teach others to be effective, empathic communicators springs from her own deep pleasure when she can achieve that with her patients.