MEDIA ADVISORY: Vicki Kennedy Offers Caregiving Perspective on Brain Cancer with UCSF Department of Neurosurgery Panel Tomorrow

Discussion to include strategies for coping with stress and enhancing the quality of life for brain tumor patients and their loved ones


·       Mrs. Vicki Kennedy, attorney, Health Care Reform Advocate, and caregiver to her late husband, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

·       Mitchel Berger, MD, professor and chairman, UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery. 

·       Jennifer Clarke, assistant professor of Clinical Neurology and Neurological Surgery at UCSF & principal investigator in the Brain Tumor Research Center.

·       Margaretta Page, RN MS, clinical nurse specialist, UCSF Neuro-oncology

·       Stayce Sullivan, RN, brain tumor survivor & clinical nurse, UCSF Adult Neurosciences.


Vicki Kennedy and top brain tumor experts from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department Of Neurological Surgery and UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center will host a discussion on coping with stress and enhancing quality of life for brain tumor patients and their loved ones.

Seeking to improve care for people with brain tumors, doctors at the UCSF Medical Center are actively engaging patients’ families, friends and other caregivers, who often take on a central role in helping their loved ones through brain cancer. Research has shown that identifying and addressing the needs of caregivers will improve care for patients.


Friday, October 14, 2011 10:30 a.m. – noon


UCSF Robertson Auditorium William J. Rutter Center 1674 Owens Street, San Francisco, CA

Reporters and members of the public are invited to this special panel on Friday, October 14. If you have any questions, contact Jason Bardi, UCSF News Office, at [email protected] or call 415-317-3760.

UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.


·       UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery

·       The Gordon Murray Initiative