Dr. Nancy Whitley, physician who cared for seriously ill as she developed cancer, dies at 62

Dr. Nancy Whitley

[Star Tribune, July 27, 2019] At age 57, Dr. Nancy Whitley made a career switch and pursued more medical training to specialize in the care of seriously ill patients. Known as palliative care medicine, the field is sometimes mistaken for only end-of-life care, but its broader purpose is to help patients maintain control over their lives.

“She had a passion for people who had serious illnesses,” said Dr. Joseph Amberg, a colleague at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, where Whitley had worked for decades.

Shortly after starting her palliative care training at the University of Minnesota in 2014, she received her own cancer diagnosis. Read the full story online at www.startribune.com.

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