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EPEC™-O: Original Version

The EPEC™-O curriculum was initially developed by the EPEC™ Project Team at Northwestern University with funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and additional funding from the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Subsequent updates were done by content experts at the NCI.

The National Cancer Institute would like to acknowledge the following contributors to EPEC™-O: Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care – Oncology (Original Curriculum):

The EPEC™-O Team

Linda L. Emanuel MD, PHD

Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD

Frank D. Ferris, MD

Jamie Von Roenn, MD

Elisa M. Roman
Program Administrator

Michelle Grana
Administrative Director

The EPEC™-O Advisory Group:

Karen Antman, MD

Robert Mayer, MD

Katherine Foley, MD

Otis Brawley, MD

Ian Tannock, MD

Bob Langdon Jr., MD

Nessa Coyle, RN, MS, NP

Katherine Walsh-Burke , PhD, MSW

Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD

Walter Baile, MD

Sharon Murphy, MD

Marcia Grant, PhD, RN

Eduardo Bruera, MD

Joel Tepper, MD

Charles Loprinzi, MD

Andrea Denicoff, RN, MS, CRNP

Additional Contributors:

Cheryl Arenella, MD, MPH

Joan Ramos, MSW

Matt Loscalzo, MSW

William Breitbart, MD

John Shuster

Michael Meshenberg

Harvey Chochinov, MD, PhD

Jay Thomas, MD

Mary Mulcahy, MD

Sarah Knight, PhD

Leslie Blackhall, MD, MTS

Carla Ripamonti, MD

Neil MacDonald, MD

Ira Byock, MD

Tom Smith, MD, FACP

Balfour Mount, MD

Patty Ganz, MD

Mary Vachon, RN, PhD


Frank D Ferris, MD

Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD

Linda L Emanuel, MD, PhD

Jamie Von Roenn, MD

Thanks to:

Paula Brown

Rosene Pirello PharmD

Joshua Hauser, MD

Kami Chin, MS

Veronica Roman

Marci O’Malley

Emily Hagenmaier

Noreen Carrington, MA, LMFT

Michael Preodor, MD, FACP

Scott Irwin, MD

Debra DaRosa, PhD

EPEC™-O: Cultural Considerations When Caring for African Americans

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Office of Communications and Education (OCE) partnered with the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) to develop an adaptation of the original curriculum, EPEC™-O (Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Oncology).

The new curricular content was contributed to and vetted by interdisciplinary leaders in the care of African Americans with advanced cancer, including those who are dedicated to improving access to and quality of hospice and palliative care for African Americans. Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, chaplains, lawyers, communication experts, and outreach coordinators from academia, government, hospice, and community practice lent their voices to this endeavor.

The National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Nursing Research would like to acknowledge the following individuals for their contributions to the development of EPEC™-O: Cultural Considerations When Caring for African Americans:


Cheryl Arenella, MD, MPH

Annette Galassi , RN, MA, OCN

Expert Reviewers

Beverly A Brown, M.Div. BCC

Freida Butler PhD, RN, MPH, FAAN, FGSA

Joyce Feagin, MD

Patra Holland, RN, CHPN

Sharon Latson-Flemister, BA

Leonard Weather, MD, RPh

Fay Burrs BSN, RN, CHPN

Clarence L. Cross Jr., PhD

Michelle Grant-Ervin, MD, MHPE

Hazel A Jackson, RN, MN, ACNS-BC, CHPN, RN-BC

Gloria Ramsy, JD, RN, FAAN


Richard Payne, MD

  • Posted: June 26, 2013