Sharon Kaufman, PhD Named 36th Helen Nahm Research Award Recipient – Lecture on May 26th, 2016

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

It is my pleasure to announce that the School of Nursing Research Committee has selected Sharon Kaufman, PhD, as the 36th recipient of the Helen Nahm Research Lecture Award. Dr. Kaufman, currently Chair of the Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine (DAHSM), is renowned for her research exploring topics at the intersection of medical knowledge and society’s expectations for health. As a member of our faculty at UCSF for over thirty years, Dr. Kaufman has held appointments in the School of Nursing’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Institute for Health & Aging, as well as in the Medical Anthropology Program and the DAHSM. Receipt of the Helen Nahm Award honors Dr. Kaufman’s outstanding effects on compassionate care and scholarship—and her research, teaching, and mentoring contributions, which have transformed nursing.

Dr. Kaufman received her PhD in medical anthropology from the joint UCSF/UC Berkeley program in 1980. Since that time, she has gained international acclaim as one of the world’s leading experts and scholars of end-of-life care and decision-making, among other areas. Her broad and impressive work has had an important impact on matters effecting the clinical setting, research, and policy. Colleagues attribute “the foundation for palliative care in the acute care setting” to Dr. Kaufman’s revelatory research, funded by both the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Institute on Aging. Her in-depth ethnographic work and projects illustrating how old age, medical technology, political economy, and broad cultural forces come together in our health care system have had significant influence on the field of bioethics.

Nurses and physicians around the world and in many specialties are informed by her research regarding the tensions surrounding efforts to control the dying transition, on the effects of the technological imperative, and on the limits of bioethics. Countless students, postdoctoral scholars, and junior faculty, who are now making strides of their own, have benefited from her dedication and mentorship. The 2016 Helen Nahm Research Award celebrates Dr. Kaufman for her outstanding contributions to nursing research and devotion to mentoring the next generation of providers, educators, and researchers.

The Lecture will take place on May 26, at 10:00 a.m. in Room N217 followed by a reception in the Lange Room. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Sharon Kaufman.

David Vlahov, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
School of Nursing
University of California, San Francisco

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