15th John K. Friesen Conference –
“Quality of Life at the End of Life: Decisions and Choices”
Romayne Gallagher, MD
Clinical professor, Division of Palliative Care, UBC; Palliative Care Physician, Vancouver Home Hospice; and Co-Chair, Public Information and Awareness Working Group of the National Strategy on Palliative and End-of-Life Care
Romayne Gallagher trained as a family physician, receiving her MD from the University of British Columbia and her certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She was a family physician for 12 years and has been a consultant in palliative care for over 14 years.
Dr. Gallagher was the founding director of the Division of Palliative Care at the University of British Columbia from 1997 to 2003. She helped establish undergraduate, post-graduate and interprofessional teaching in palliative care at the University. Dr. Gallagher also established a public forum on death and dying, the first of its kind. It has run for over 5 years and has been replicated by others in North America and Europe.
Dr. Gallagher was Chair of the Provincial Strategy on End-of-Life Care in British Columbia in 2002 and is currently Co-Chair of the Public Information and Awareness Working Group of the National Strategy on Palliative and End-of-Life Care. She has worked with other healthcare professionals and colleagues in the provincial Ministry of Health Services to establish the BC Palliative Care Benefits Program that funds medications and supplies to those wishing to be at home at the end of their lives.
Dr. Gallagher is a Clinical Professor in the Division of Palliative Care at UBC. She has published a number of research articles and authored chapters in palliative care and pain management publications. She also works as a consultant for Pallium, a federally-funded initiative to improve palliative care education and frequently speaks at continuing medical education events and conferences.