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Niagara physician receives Latimer Prize in Palliative Care

Published: February 25, 2011
Brian Kerley
Brian Kerley, an assistant clinical professor and Niagara clerkship coordinator for the Department of Family Medicine and Division of Palliative Care

A family physician who was integral to the growth and development of the palliative care consultation service in Niagara has been named the recipient of the Elizabeth J. Latimer Prize in Palliative Care.

Dr. Brian Kerley, an assistant clinical professor and Niagara clerkship coordinator for the Department of Family Medicine and Division of Palliative Care, received the honour during the third annual Lectureship in Palliative Care at McMaster University.

The Elizabeth J. Latimer prize recognizes excellence and innovation in palliative care. The award is given to a clinician whose work continues to pave the way for continued growth and improvement of end-of-life care in the region.

Kerley, a practicing physician with the Garden City Family Health Team in St. Catharines and medical director at Hospice Niagara, has worked to develop infrastructure to make palliative care services more readily available for both the community and inpatients. He brings compassionate care and the highest level of symptom management to residents in the Niagara Region, as well as the promotion of new and improved models of care.

The Elizabeth J. Latimer Prize is named in honour of an internationally renowned palliative care physician and educator who helped to pioneer end-of-life care in Canada. Currently, Latimer provides clinical care with the Hamilton General Hospital palliative care consult team and is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University.

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