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Mi-Kyung Song joins school of nursing faculty

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Mi-Kyung Song, PhD, RN, has joined the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing as professor of nursing and director of Emory’s Center for Nursing Excellence in Palliative Care.

Song’s research is focused on the improvement of end-of-life and palliative care for chronically ill patients and their caregivers. Since 2004 she has conducted a series of studies on adults with serious illness including persons with advanced chronic kidney disease and cardiac diseases, and lung transplant recipients with chronic rejection and their family members. These studies examined interventions to improve end-of-life communication and treatment decision-making and ways in which palliative care is designed to address their needs in a timely way.

“We are very excited to have this extraordinary clinician and scholar join our faculty, says Linda McCauley PhD, RN, dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. “We are all extremely optimistic about the top notch research and strides in palliative care that will result from Dr. Song joining our team.”

A doctoral graduate in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Song previously served as principal investigator of several NIH-funded end-of-life studies. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2012.

She recently served as associate professor and Beerstecher-Blackwell Term Scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. During her tenure, she was an active member of the UNC Hospitals Ethics Committee and provided ethics consultation services for hospital staff, patients, and family members

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