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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

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

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 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 School of Medicine Chair Palliative Task Force CommitteeChair2012 - 2013
Yale New Haven Hospital Bereavement CommitteeMember2012 - 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 Academy of Hospice and Palliative MedicineMember2002 - 2022
American Geriatric SocietyMember2002 - 2022
American College of PhysiciansMember2000 - 2003

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