Visiting Scholars

Visitors to NELS deliver formal lectures, engage in formal or informal discussions and meet with our team members to share ideas and mutual interests.

Past Visitors

NELS regularly hosts experts in various aspects of palliative and end of life care to present their research in Halifax. Below is a list of a number of these visiting scholars.

Presentation slides are linked as PDFs when available.


Dr. Mette Asbjørn Neergaard

Consultant in palliative medicine for the Palliative Care Team and the Children’s Palliative Care Team at Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark

October 2016


David Currow

Professor, Palliative & Supportive Services, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia
Chief Cancer Officer, New South Wales, and Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Institute, New South Wales, Australia

October 2013


  • Update in Palliative Medicine: Evidence to Practice for the Internist
  • Building a Learning Health Care System: Practice-Based Evidence
  • Rapid Pharmacovigilance: Lessons Learned
  • Shared Care: Patient, Family Physician and Specialist
  • Models of Palliative and Supportive Cancer Care



Kelli Stajduhar

Co-Associate Director Research & Scholarship, School of Nursing, Centre on Aging,
University of Victoria


Vickie Baracos

Professor, Palliative Care Medicine, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta
Cross Cancer Institute

November 2010


Allan Kellehear

Former Director of Centre for Death and Society,
University of Bath, UK

October 2010


Kevin Brazil

Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and
Division of Palliative Care in the Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University
St. Joseph's Health System Research Network

January 2010



David Kuhl

Centre for Practitioner Renewal, St. Paul's Hospital, BC

April 2009


  • Sustaining Health Care Providers


R. Sean Morrison

Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, Mont Sinai Hospital,
New York

February 2009



Konrad Fassbender

Assistant Professor, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta

October 2008


Scott Murray

Family Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Centre for Population Health Sciences


May 2008


Serge Dumont

Social Work, Université Laval
Economic Assessment of Palliative Care in Five Canadian Cities, Including Halifax


March 2008

Costs associated with resource utilization during the palliative phase of care: A Canadian perspective.
Pallitat Medicine. 2009; in press (e-published Oct 16, 2009


Harvey Chochinov

Director, Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, CancerCare Manitoba
Professor, School of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba


October 2007

Dying with Dignity

Craig Earle

Clinical Research
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, now ICES Quality End
of Life Care Measures


September 2007


Dan Hausman

Professor, Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison


March 2007