Social Worker, LCSW
Sharon Lucas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with thirty-five years’ experience working with patients and families facing chronic illness. For the past 11 years, she been the lead consultant for Dignity Health developing palliative care programs in all 35 of their hospitals and monitoring quality improvement goals with a particular focus on advance care planning. She received her BA in Psychology with Distinction from Stanford University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She also holds a Master Degree in Health Research from Lancaster University in the UK. She founded and directed Ahimsa Care Center, an in-patient hospice and sub-acute skilled nursing facility for people with AIDS and Cancer in 1988. As the Supportive Care Coordinator, she helped develop the Palliative Medicine and end of life program at Hoag Hospital which received the American Hospital Associations Circle of Life Award for excellence in End of Life and Palliative Care in 2005. Sharon founded Compassionate Care Consulting in 2004 and currently serves as its CEO.
Social Worker, LCSW, RAS
Karen has been a social worker for over two decades. She is an adjunct professor at California State East Bay and has extensive experience in social work program development and training. Karen completed her BA in Psychology at Trinity College and her MSW at Simmons College.
On a personal note, Karen is from Boston and moved out to the Bay Area to enjoy the beautiful weather and great outdoors. She has two teenage daughters and a husband who designs medical devices. Collaborating with clients to find their voice and to move towards their goals has been her calling.
Emergency Medicine, MD
David is an emergency medicine and palliative care physician passionate about transforming the way Americans imagine, deliver, and receive healthcare at their end of life. David leads palliative care initiatives in emergency medicine with the American College of Emergency Physicians and American Academy of Emergency Medicine. He has been invited to lecture at local, state, and national conferences and has published internationally in academic journals. He sits on the California POLST Physician Leadership Council. Prior to clinical medicine, David was a management consultant at ZS Associates and health policy analyst at the World Health Organization.
David received his AB in Economics from Harvard College and MD from the University of Massachusetts. He completed emergency medicine residency at Stanford University and is pursuing a palliative medicine fellowship at the University of California San Francisco.