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Kathleen Puntillo, RN, DNSc, FAAN

Professor of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Kathleen Puntillo is Professor of Nursing and Co-Director of the Critical Care/Trauma graduate program at the University of California, San Francisco.  She has an active and long-standing program of research on pain in critically ill and injured patients and procedural pain.  She has expanded her research to include investigations of symptom assessment and management in intensive care unit (ICU) patients at high risk of dying. Her current study is funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Puntillo is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and was a Faculty Scholar with the Project on Death in America.  She has received many awards including the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ (AACN) Distinguished Researcher Award and the Society of Critical Care Medicine’ (SCCM) Grenvik Family Award for Ethics. She is actively involved in many professional organizations including AACN, SCCM, and the American Pain Society.  She practices critical care nursing on a regular basis and publishes and lectures extensively on the topics of pain, palliative care, and symptom management.

University of California, San Francisco