Embracing Hope, Naming the Uncomfortable, and Empowering the Patient in Palliative Care

For decades, studies have shown the benefits of palliative care in oncology, but we still face challenges with rollout. How do we solve for current workforce dynamics and ensure an interdisciplinary approach to palliative care?   

In this video discussion, New Century Health Associate CMO Dr. Monica Soni and the American Cancer Society's Chief Patient Officer Dr. Arif Kamal discuss current challenges and the future of effective palliative care. They also take a critical look at the patient experience, exploring the importance of communicating compassion and embracing hope when treatment outcomes are uncertain. 


About the Speakers 


Monica Soni, MD

As Associate Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Monica Soni works to ensure high-quality, cost-effective care for patients and the best possible experience for providers. She is a board-certified, practicing internal medicine physician with over a decade of experience in both inpatient and outpatient safety net care. Immediately prior to joining New Century Health, Dr. Soni served as the director of specialty care for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, the second-largest municipal health system in the United States. She is also an assistant clinical professor within the UCLA Department of Medicine.



Arif Kamal, MD

Arif Kamal, MD, MBA, MHS, FACP, FAAHPM, FASCO serves as chief patient officer for the American Cancer Society. In this newly created role, Dr. Kamal drives the coordinated efforts to accelerate progress against cancer through the organization’s patient-facing activities. He is responsible for leading the American Cancer Society’s patient support objectives and developing strategic plans to measurably improve the lives of cancer patients and their families. Dr. Kamal oversees the organization’s cancer control, patient navigation, educational programs, patient lodging solutions, transportation services, contact center, and digital patient support offerings, as well as all aspects of organizational functions that touch cancer patients across 5,000 communities around the globe. Read full bio >>

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