5Jan

Keynote Speaker for NANT 11: Rana Awdish, MD, FCCP, FACP

By Sue Ludwig

I highlighted so many passages of Dr. Awdish’s acclaimed book In Shock that I hoped she could one day be the keynote speaker for the NANT Conference. I wanted all of you to have the opportunity to learn even more from her story. And fortunately, 2021 is the year!

The title of her NANT 11 keynote is Contemplative Care which will include strategies to promote healing in the NICU critical care environment for the patients and the caregivers.

After reading her book or hearing her speak, it will be apparent that these are not lofty theoretical strategies, but hard-won lessons born from both knowledge and lived experience.

Keynote bio:

Dr. Rana Awdish is the author of In Shock, a critically acclaimed, bestselling memoir based on her own critical illness. She is a sought-after public speaker, delivering inspirational keynote addresses to groups ranging from professional medical societies, to members of Congress, to organizations combatting homelessness.

A pulmonary and critical care physician, she serves as the current Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Henry Ford Hospital. She also serves as Medical Director of Care Experience for the System, where she has integrated compassionate communication strategies and Narrative Medicine practice into the curriculum.

Dr. Awdish received the Schwartz Center’s National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award in 2017. She was named Physician of the Year by Press Ganey in 2017 for her work on improving communication and received the Critical Care Teaching Award in 2016. She has been inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Her narrative non-fiction essays have been published in The Examined Life Journal, Intima, CHEST and The New England Journal of Medicine. She has written editorials for The Harvard Business Review, Annals of Internal Medicine, The Washington Post and The Detroit Free Press.

Prior to coming to Henry Ford, Dr. Awdish completed her training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in Manhattan. She attended Wayne State University Medical School and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

To learn more about all of the speakers, access the full NANT 11 agenda here.

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