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Massey’s palliative care clinical director named a visionary in his field

Patrick Coyne [View Image]Patrick Coyne, M.S.N., A.P.R.N., F.A.A.N., clinical director of the Palliative Care Program at VCU Massey Cancer Center, has been named one of the 30 most influential leaders in hospice and palliative medicine, the medical specialty focused on relieving suffering and improving quality of life for people with serious illnesses.

Coyne was recognized as a visionary by his professional peers for his role in advancing hospice and palliative medicine.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” Coyne said. “Thank you to my fellow hospice and palliative care colleagues for this incredible vote of support.”

In celebration of 25 years serving the profession, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) asked its 5,000 members to nominate who they thought are the top leaders and visionaries in the field.

“This program recognizes key individuals who have been critical in building and shaping our field over the past 25 years,” noted Steve R. Smith, AAHPM executive director and CEO. “These individuals represent thousands of other health care professionals in this country who provide quality medical care and support for those living with serious illness – each and every day.”

A world-renowned pain specialist, Coyne co-founded Massey’s Palliative Care Program and co-leads it as an international award-winning pioneer that is transforming the standards of palliative care through clinical practice, education and research. To learn more, visit

Written by: Alaina Schneider

Posted on: October 7, 2013

Category: Clinical news

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