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Jennifer Kapo, MD

Sherwin B. Nuland and Michael K. Vlock Associate Professor of Palliative Medicine; Chief, Palliative Medicine, Palliative Care Program

Appointments

Biography

Provides clinical palliative medicine to patients at Smilow Cancer Hospital. In addition, she focuses on developing a research mission in palliative medicine and expanding teaching opportunities for existing Yale faculty, staff, fellows, residents, and medical students. Has been charged with creating an ACGME certified fellowship in hospice and palliative care.

Education & Training

  • Associate Professor
    Yale University School of Medicine (2020)
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
    University of Pennsylvania (2012)
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
    University of Pennsylvania (2011)
  • Instructor
    University of Pennsylvania (2005)
  • Fellowship
    University of Pennsylvania (2003)
  • Fellowship
    University of Pennsylvania (2002)
  • Chief Resident
    University of Colorado (2001)
  • Residency
    Universtiy of Colorado (2000)
  • Intern
    University of Colorado (1998)
  • MD
    University of Pennsylvania Medical School, MD (1997)
  • BA
    Moravian College, Pre-Medicine (1993)

Activities

  • “Care for the Caregiver”
    Fairfield, CT, United States 2021
    Connecticut Coalition to Improve End-of-Life Care Annual Meeting
  • Survivor story: Beating cancer & Tapering opioids
    Boston, MA, United States 2019
    Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse Conference, Boston, MA
  • “Inpatient palliative care: Creating Programs to Support Seriously Ill Patients"
    Prague, Prague, Czech Republic 2018
    Czech Republic National Palliative Care Symposium, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Program for Biomedical Ethics: Palliative Sedation
    New Haven, CT, United States 2018
    Program for Biomedical Ethics
  • “Yale Palliative Care Evolution: Building Programs to Support Older adults with Serious Illnesses
    Rochester, MN, United States 2017
    Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
  • “A Common Mission, Conflict Evolution, and burnout Prophylaxis: Building Interdisciplinary Team Resilience.”
    Birmingham, AL, United States 2017
    University of Alabama Geriatric Grand Rounds
  • “Conflict resolution Skill for Palliative Care Teams.”
    Philadelphia, PA, United States 2017
    University of Pennsylvania Palliative Medicine Grand Rounds
  • “Clinical Issues in the Care of Older Adults”
    Ann Arbor, MI, United States 2017
    University of Michigan Department of Internal Medicine Palliative Care and Pain Management Symposia
  • “Goals of care communication: innovative, practical methods for your own clinical practice and your teaching”
    Boston, MA, United States 2017
    Society of General Internal Medicine: New England Regional Meeting
  • “Palliative Care”
    Waterbury, CT, United States 2016
    St. Mary’s Hospital Grand Rounds
  • "Palliative Care Program Overview”
    Guilford, CT, United States 2016
    Comfort Keepers Senior Network, Guilford Senior Center
  • “Yale Palliative Care Program: Opportunities and Expansion”
    Ann Arbor, MI, United States 2015
    University of Michigan Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
  • “Learning to Love Conflict: Interdisciplinary Teams”
    Philadelphia, PA, United States 2015
    American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine National Conference
  • “Palliative care in the ED: System-Wide Integration”
    Philadelphia, PA, United States 2015
    American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine National Conference
  • “Leadership Skills Training for Palliative Care Fellows”
    Philadelphia, PA, United States 2015
    American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine National Conference
  • “Approaches to Palliative Care”
    Wallingford, CT, United States 2015
    Connecticut Hospital Association
  • "Advancing Palliative Care in CT”
    Hartford, CT, United States 2015
    State of CT Legislature
  • New Haven Senior Network Talk
    New Haven, CT, United States 2015
    New Haven Senior Network Talk
  • “When to Refer and How to Collaborate Seamlessly with Palliative Care”
    North Haven, CT, United States 2015
    American Liver Foundation, Regional Division
  • “What is Palliative Care”
    Woodbridge, CT, United States 2015
    Congregation B’nai Jacob
  • "Palliative Care and Oncology"
    Hamden, CT, United States 2015
    American Society of Clinical Oncologists Annual Meeting
  • 2014 Patient Education Forum
    Orange, CT, United States 2014
    Scleroderma Foundation/Tri-State Patient Education Forum
  • “Cultural Aspects of the Mentor Relationships: Mentorship Bootcamp”
    New Orleans, LA, United States 2013
    American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine National Conference
  • “Conflict Resolution: Palliative Medicine Junior Faculty Bootcamp”
    Denver, CO, United States 2012
    American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine National Conference
  • "PIF 101, take 2"
    Grapevine, TX, United States 2011
    Palliative Medicine Fellowship Director's Summit
  • “EPEC for Vets”
    Chicago, IL, United States 2010
    National Veteran’s Administration EPEC Conference
  • “PIF 101”
    Atlanta, GA, United States 2010
    Palliative Medicine Fellowship Director’s Summit
  • “Peer Mentoring Groups”
    Boston, MA, United States 2010
    American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine National Meeting
  • “Troubling Abundance of Care: Over-treatment at the End of Life?”
    Galloway, NJ, United States 2008
    Southern Jersey Ethics Alliance Day Conference
  • "Prognostication in Chronic Disease"
    Denver, CO, United States 2007
    University of Colorado Geriatrics Grand Rounds
  • “Making Palliative Care Work”
    Salt Lake City, UT, United States 2007
    American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine National Meeting
  • “Pain and Dementia Patients”
    Chicago, IL, United States 2006
    American Geriatrics Society National Meeting
  • “Geriatric Palliative Care”
    Nashville, TN, United States 2006
    American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine National Meeting
  • “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Ethical and Legal Challenges of Hospice Discharge”
    Hollywood, FL, United States 2005
    NHPCO Leadership Meeting
  • “Assessing Decision Making Capacity”
    Phoenix, AZ, United States 2004
    American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care National Meeting
  • “End of Life Decision Making- Preventing unwarranted suffering”
    Morristown, NJ, United States 2004
    New Jersey State Nursing Association-Atlantic Health System Ethics Conference

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Connecticut Coalition To Improve End of Life Care 2021 Presidents AwardConnecticut Coalition To Improve End of Life2021
The Second Century of Women at Yale: Emerging Leaders in Internal Medicine AwardYale University2020
Ribbon of DistinctionAmerican Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine National Meeting2007
Francis T. Sterling Educational Excellence AwardVeteran's Administration Medical Center Philadelphia2007
Outstanding Committee Member Service AwardAmerican Geriatrics Society Ethics Committee2005
First Place Poster Award, Quality of Life CategoryAmerican Geriatrics Society2004
First Place Poster AwardAmerican Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care National Meeting2003
Hartford Foundation Geriatric Academic Fellowship AwardHartford Foundation Geriatric2002
Chief Residency Internal MedicineUniversity of Colorado2001
First Place Poster AwardNational American College of Physicians Abstract Contest2000

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
Yale School of Medicine Retention Working GroupCommittee Member2021 - Present
Yale School of Medicine Department of Medicine Diversity CommitteeDepartment of Medicine Diversity Committee2021 - Present
Smilow YCC Clinical CouncilCommittee Member2021 - Present
Yale School of Medicine2020 Thesis Advisor, PA Master Thesis. Meg Schultheiss, Consider Palliative Care: A Decision Aid to Improve Palliative Care Knowledge, Yale School of Medicine2020
Yale School of Medicine2020 Presenter Medical Grand Rounds “Caring in the Time of COVID: Building Support for Patients, Their Families and Ourselves”2020
Yale New Haven Health System Mortality Review Committee Ad Hoc MemberAd-hoc Member2018 - 2022
Smilow Mortality Review Committee MemberCommittee Member2018 - 2022
Dynamed Palliative CareEditor2018 - 2022
Yale School of Medicine Deans Faculty Standards Nominating CommitteeCommittee Member2018
Yale School of Medicine Yale Internal Medicine Intern Selection CommitteeCommittee Member2016 - 2022
Data and Safety Monitoring Committee (DSMC), Yale Cancer Center, Yale UniversityCommittee Member2015 - 2018
Yale School of Medicine, Yale Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Selection CommitteeCommittee Member2015 - 2022
Yale School of Medicine Yale Medical Directors Leadership CommitteeLeadership Committee2013 - 2022
Yale School of Medicine Heart Failure Readmission Unit CommitteeMember2013
Yale School of Medicine Rothman Index CommitteeMember2013
Yale School of Medicine Rothman Index Research CommitteeResearch Committee Member2013
Yale School of Medicine MICU Step-Down Unit End Of Life CommitteeMember2013
Yale New Haven Hospital/Yale Cancer Center American College of Surgeons Cancer Program CommitteeMember2012 - 2022
Yale New Haven Hospital Oncology Patient Safety and Quality CouncilMember2012 - 2022
Smilow Physician Leadership CouncilMember2012 - 2022
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative MedicineLeadership Committee2012 - 2018
Yale New Haven Hospital Bereavement CommitteeMember2012 - 2013
Yale School of Medicine Chair Palliative Task Force CommitteeChair2012 - 2013
American Geriatric Society Palliative Medicine SIGChair2008 - 2010
Journal of General Internal Medicine, Journal of Hospital MedicineReviewer2006 - 2022
Journal of Hospital MedicineAssociate Editor2006 - 2011
American Geriatric Society Ethics CommitteeMember2005 - 2007
American Geriatric SocietyMember2002 - 2022
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative MedicineMember2002 - 2022
American College of PhysiciansMember2000 - 2003

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