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2019 Royal College Balfour M. Mount Visiting Professorship in Palliative Medicine

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, in collaboration with the Robert Pope Foundation of Nova Scotia, has established this professorship in order to bring to the health science faculties in Canada the most distinguished international lecturers in the palliative care community to engage in discussion about, and to lecture on, the physical, psycho-social and spiritual needs of patients requiring palliative care. The professorship is meant to facilitate the work of the multidisciplinary team that contributes to palliative care expertise in the community and university being visited.

General Policies

  • The professor will be appointed in alternate years and will visit the health science faculties of at least two universities in Canada. Using a variety of teaching tools, the professor will bring to the host faculties knowledge and research related to the physical, psycho-social, and spiritual needs of patients requiring palliative care.
  • The visiting professor is expected to spend two or three days at each faculty.
  • The visiting professor will be chosen by the Awards Committee of the Royal College from a list of at least two nominees, rank ordered, submitted by a subcommittee acting on behalf of the Robert Pope Foundation of Nova Scotia.
  • Visits will be coordinated between an individual at the host faculty and the Membership Services and Programs Unit of the Royal College.
  • A written report on each visit will be submitted by the host faculty as well as by the visiting professor.


  • Expert in the field of Palliative Medicine.

Nomination Process

Visiting Professorship Funding / Award

  • The visiting professor will be supported by an honorarium of $1,000 and reimbursement of all related expenses, up to a combined maximum of $8,000.
  • Travel and related expenses are reimbursed within Royal College Travel Expense Policy guidelines.

Past recipients


David Hui, MD, M.Sc. (Biochem), M.Sc. (Clinical Rsch)

Dr. David Hui is a tenured associate professor at the Department of Palliative Care, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, with a joint appointment to the Department of General Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA. His research interests include integration of supportive/palliative care into oncology, symptom management clinical trials, prognostication, and research methodology. He completed his medical school at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, followed by internal medicine residency at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, medical oncology fellowship at the British Columbia Cancer Agency, and supportive/palliative oncology clinical research fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

He is the principal investigator of multiple randomized controlled trials, supported by research grants from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Nursing Research and the American Cancer Society. He has authored and/or co-authored over 200 scientific papers, with his work appearing at various peer-review journals such as JAMA, J Clin Oncol, Lancet Oncol and Ann Oncol. He is also the author/editor of 4 books. He has served on several NIH grant review panels and is currently an Associate Editor at the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. In addition to academic pursuits, he is active clinically in both palliative care and medical oncology.


Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN

Professor and director, Division of Nursing Research and Education, City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, California

Over her nursing career, Dr. Ferrell has focused her research and clinical expertise in the areas of pain management, quality of life and palliative care. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has authored more than 370 publications in peer-reviewed journals and texts. She is principal investigator of a research project funded by the National Cancer Institute titled Palliative Care for Patients with Solid Tumors in Phase 1 Clinical Trials. She is a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute and co-chair of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care.


Dr. David Currow, Alexandria, New South Wales, Australia


Dr. Michael Kearney, Santa Barbara, California

Submission deadline
October 26, 2018

Contact us
Grants Administrator
Telephone: 613-730-8177, ext. 355; toll-free 1-800-668-3740, ext. 355

Nomination form