Primary title:Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Director, UNC Palliative Care Program
Primary Institution:University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Director, UNC Palliative Care Program, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Bio:Laura Hanson, MD, MPH is a tenured professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Director of the UNC Palliative Care Program. As a board-certified physician in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine, she provides care for frail and medically complex older patients, and adults of all ages with serious and potentially life-limiting illness. Dr. Hanson leads a research program to understand, measure and improve quality of palliative care for people living with late-stage AD/ADRD, nursing home residents and other vulnerable populations. As lead clinical investigator on the PEACE Project, she helped develop and test clinical palliative care quality measures, now endorsed by the National Quality Forum and applied nationwide in hospice care. She has been the principal investigator/co-investigator for numerous real-world and pragmatic clinical trials to improve nursing home dementia care, including two NIH-NIA funded randomized clinical trials of decision aids for family caregivers of people living with advanced dementia, and serves as site-based principal investigator for the Measurement Core, Palliative Care Research Cooperative group.