The Robert L. Kane Memorial Lecture

“A physician, scholar and mentor who used his formidable intellect, wit, determination and kindness to ease suffering and mend the world. He left an imprint” -from Dr. Robert L. Kane’s epitaph.

The purpose of the Robert L. Kane Memorial Lecture is to honor the legacy of its namesake, the first holder of the endowed Long-Term Care in Aging at the University of Minnesota (1990-2017). A scholarly pioneer in chronic disease care, long-term care innovation, and geriatric health services research, Dr. Kane’s science has greatly advanced the education, practice, and of long-term care as we know it. Dr. Kane mentored numerous students, junior faculty researchers and professional colleagues who have had distinguished careers in their own respective disciplines.This prestigious Lectureship will honor scholars of similar reputation as Dr. Kane’s and will highlight the land-grant mission of the University of Minnesota by aligning innovative scholarship in long-term care with the needs and experiences of practitioners, providers, families, and older persons throughout Minnesota.

A scholar of national or international reputation in long-term care or a related area will serve as the Robert L. Kane Memorial Lecturer on an annual basis. The Lecturer will:

  • Provide a scholarly presentation to the University community on a topic of scientific relevance to long-term care (by definition including both post-acute care and long term services and supports);
  • Take part in a series of small-group or individual meetings with University faculty, staff and students to provide consultation and identify potential collaborations;
  • Engage with University of Minnesota partners and stakeholders to further benefit providers, policymakers, families, and older persons themselves.

In Memoriam: Robert L. Kane (1940-2017). Delivered at the Robert L. Kane Memorial Lecture, April 11th, 2019, at the University of Minnesota by Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD, Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging and Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota.

2019 Robert L. Kane Memorial Lecture: The Science of Changing Health Systems Behavior. Vincent Mor, PhD, Florence Pirce Grant University Professor, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University.  April 11th, 2019, Mayo Memorial Auditorium, The University of Minnesota.

See video recording of full lecture

Timestamps for video:

  • Dr.  Gaugler’s initial comments and reflections on Dr. Kane (13:00 to 27:29);
  • Introduction of Dr. Vincent Mor and the 2019 Robert L. Kane Memorial Lecture, The Science of Changing Health Systems Behavior with question and answer session (27:30-1:23:45);
  • Discussion panel with Vincent Mor, PhD; Peter Huckfeldt, PhD; Teresa McCarthy, MD; Dawn Simonson, MPA; and Timothy Beebe, PhD: (1:24:25-to conclusion)

Download PowerPoint slides of Dr. Gaugler’s introductory comments and Dr. Mor’s lecture

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