DorAnne Donesky, PhD, ANP-BC

Dr. Donesky will lead a discussion about having difficult conversations with family members, and practitioners. She will use materials from the VitalTalk paradigm to expand our conversation. VitalTalk is a training organization for clinicians seeking to advance their communication skills.

DorAnne Donesky, PhD, ANP-BC, ACHPN, is an adult nurse practitioner and professor emerita at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Donesky is the founding faculty and nurse lead for “Practice-PC,” a longitudinal interprofessional palliative care continuing education course for practicing clinicians. The 6th Practice-PC cohort will begin in September, 2022.

Clinically, DorAnne has over 25 years of experience in pulmonary symptom management and palliative care—supporting patients with chronic lung disease through clinic visits, pulmonary rehabilitation, clinical research, and Better Breathers support group facilitation. Currently she works per diem as a nurse practitioner on the inpatient palliative care team at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, CA. She is a fellow of the American Thoracic Society and a fellow of Hospice and Palliative Nursing through the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, a Cambia Sojourns Scholar, and a Macy Faculty Scholar.