Section Editors

  • Claudia Bausewein, University of Munich
  • Linda Emanuel, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Nancy Preston, Lancaster University
  • Sharon Watanabe, Cross Cancer Institute
  • David Wright, McGill University

Executive Editor

  • Catia Cornacchia, BioMed Central


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BMC Palliative Care is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on the clinical, scientific, ethical and policy issues, local and international, regarding all aspects of hospice and palliative care for the dying and for those with profound suffering related to chronic illness.

It is journal policy to publish work deemed by peer reviewers to be a coherent and sound addition to scientific knowledge and to put less emphasis on interest levels, provided that the research constitutes a useful contribution to the field.

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Section Editor's profile

Sharon M. Watanabe, MD is Professor in the Division of Palliative Care Medicine, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta, and Director of the Department of Symptom Control and Palliative Care at the Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, Canada. Her research focus is symptom assessment.

"I am pleased to have been involved with BMC Palliative Care, first as an Associate Editor and now as Section Editor for Cancer Palliative Care. I have been impressed with the journal's high editorial standards, and rapidity of the peer review and publication process. Moreover, I strongly believe in the value of BMC Palliative Care's open access policy, which makes new knowledge available to the global palliative care community, irrespective of institutional affiliation or financial means."

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