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Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (EC-GRECC)


Eastern Colorado GRECC Investigators

10 May 2021


Hillary D. Lum, MD, PhD
Title: Associate Professor, Geriatric Medicine
Contact: hillary.lum@cuanschutz.edu | hillary.lum2@va.gov
Personal Statement
As a Board-certified geriatrician, palliative medicine physician, and clinician scientist, I am dedicated to improving advance care planning and quality of life for older adults with serious illnesses. I have been continuously funded since 2013, including through the National Institute on Aging Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development K76 Award. My work focuses on designing and testing the effectiveness of new advance care planning strategies to improve patient-centered outcomes. I have clinical experience as a primary care geriatrician and research expertise in advance care planning, qualitative methods and implementation science.
My work includes the stakeholder-engaged design and efficacy testing of the Engaging in Advance Care Planning Talks (ENACT) Group Visits intervention in six primary care clinics, inclusive of individuals with cognitive impairment. I also led the refinement of the ENACT Group Visits intervention for individuals with amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment, a population that is at high risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease. As an early stage investigator, evidence of my growing independence can be seen through funding from the National Institute on Aging, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Palliative Care Research Center, NextFifty Initiative, and the Colorado Health Foundation. As evidence of my leadership in team science, I have published more than 50 studies in geriatrics, palliative care and primary care.

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Recent Publications




Pham M, Daddato AE, Lum HD. Assessment of Internal Medicine Resident Perspectives on Medical Aid-in-Dying in Future Practice. J Palliat Med. 2021 May;24(5):654-655. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2020.0757. PMCID: PMC8064957.
PMID: 33945311

Knoepke CE, Allen LA, Sepucha K, Masoudi FA, Kutner J, Varosy P, Magid D, Matlock DD. Development of a measure of decision quality for implantable defibrillators. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2021 Feb 8. doi: 10.1111/pace.14189. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 33555044

Jia Z, Stokes SC, Pan SY, Leiter RE, Lum HD, Pan CX. Heart to Heart Cards: A Novel, Culturally Tailored, Community-Based Advance Care Planning Tool for Chinese Americans. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2021 Jan 27:1049909121989986. doi: 10.1177/1049909121989986. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 33499666



Singh S, Herrmann K, Cyriacks W, Youngwerth J, Bickel KE, Lum HD. Increasing Medical Power of Attorney Completion for Hospitalized Patients during the COVID Pandemic: A Social Work led Quality Improvement Intervention. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Nov 30:S0885-3924(20)30862-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.10.033. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 33271315

Brungardt A, Wibben A, Tompkins AF, Shanbhag P, Coats H, LaGasse AB, Boeldt D, Youngwerth J, Kutner JS, Lum HD. Virtual Reality-Based Music Therapy in Palliative Care: A Pilot Implementation Trial. J Palliat Med. 2020 Nov 23. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2020.0403. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 33227225

Griffith MF, Levy CR, Lum HD, Teno JM, Dale CR. Trends in Advance Care Planning for Patients with COPD in an Integrated Health Care System. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2020 Nov 4. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202001-077RL. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 33147425

Schifeling CH, Shanbhag P, Johnson A, Atwater RC, Koljack C, Parnes BL, Vejar MM, Farro SA, Phimphasone-Brady P, Lum HD. Disparities in the use of video and telephone visits in older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: cross-sectional analysis. JMIR Aging. 2020 Oct 6. doi: 10.2196/23176. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 33048821

Betz ME, Miller M, Matlock DD, Wintemute GJ, Johnson RL, Grogan C, Lum HD, Knoepke CE, Ranney ML, Suresh K, Azrael D. Older Firearm Owners and Advance Planning: Results of a National Survey. Ann Intern Med. 2020 Oct 6. doi: 10.7326/M20-2280. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 33017563

Sokol LL, Lum HD, Creutzfeldt CJ, et al. Meaning and Dignity Therapies for Psychoneurology in Neuropalliative Care: A Vision for the Future. J Palliat Med. 2020;23(9):1155-1156. doi:10.1089/jpm.2020.0129
PMID: 32877285

Lum HD, Dukes J, Daddato AE, Juarez-Colunga E, Shanbhag P, Kutner JS, Levy CR, Sudore RL. Effectiveness of Advance Care Planning Group Visits Among Older Adults in Primary Care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 Jul 29.
PMID: 32726475

Liz Salmi, Hillary D Lum, Adam Hayden, Maija Reblin, Shirley Otis-Green, Grace Venechuk, Megan A Morris, Megan Griff, Bethany M Kwan, Stakeholder engagement in research on quality of life and palliative care for brain tumors: a qualitative analysis of #BTSM and #HPM tweet chats, Neuro-Oncology Practice, , npaa043,

Portz JD, Brungardt A, Shanbhag P, Staton EW, Bose-Brill S, Lin CT, Kutner JS, Lum HD. Advance care planning among users of a patient portal during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A retrospective observational study. J Med Internet Res. 2020 Jul 24.
PMID: 32716900

Nearing KA, Lum HD, Dang S, Powers B, McLaren J, Gately M, Hung W, Moo L. National Geriatric Network Rapidly Addresses Trainee Telehealth Needs in Response to COVID-19. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 Jul 08.
PMID: 32639578

Lum HD, Padala KP, Dean KT, Padala PR. Psychogeriatric research during COVID-19 pandemic: qualitative analysis of participant views. Int Psychogeriatr. 2020 Jun 11; 1-4.
PMID: 32522305

Portz JD, Lum HD, Bull S, Boxer RS, Bekelman DB, Ford KL, Gleason K, Casillas A, Bayliss EA. Perceptions of Patient Portal Use for Advance Directive Documentation among Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions. J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care. 2020 Jun 01; 1-12.
PMID: 32482160

Arora K, Qualls SH, Bobitt J, Lum HD, Milavetz G, Croker J, Kaskie B. Measuring Attitudes Toward Medical and Recreational Cannabis Among Older Adults in Colorado. Gerontologist. 2020 May 15; 60(4):e232-e241.
PMID: 31087043

Sokol LL, Hauser JM, Lum HD, Forlizzi J, Cerf M, Caprio FZ, Young MJ. Goal-Concordant Care in the Era of Advanced Stroke Therapies. J Palliat Med. 2020 May 14.
PMID: 32407220

Daddato AE, Griff M, Shanbhag P, Hickman SE, Lum HD. Appropriate Use of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment in the Outpatient Setting. J Palliat Med. 2020 Apr; 23(4):449-450.
PMID: 32216694

Jones CD, Nearing KA, Burke RE, Lum HD, Boxer RS, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Ozkaynak M, Levy CR. "What Would It Take to Transform Post-Acute Care?" 2019 Conference Proceedings on Re-envisioning Post-Acute Care. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2020 Mar 16.
PMID: 32192872

Jordan SR, Kluger B, Ayele R, Brungardt A, Hall A, Jones J, Katz M, Miyasaki JM, Lum HD. Optimizing future planning in Parkinson disease: suggestions for a comprehensive roadmap from patients and care partners. Ann Palliat Med. 2020 Feb; 9(Suppl 1):S63-S74.
PMID: 32036671

Fink RM, Kline DM, Bailey FA, Handel DL, Jordan SR, Lum HD, Fischer SM. Community-Based Conversations about Advance Care Planning for Underserved Populations Using Lay Patient Navigators. J Palliat Med. 2020 Jul; 23(7):907-914.
PMID: 31944875



Sokol LL, Young MJ, Paparian J, Kluger BM, Lum HD, Besbris J, Kramer NM, Lang AE, Espay AJ, Dubaz OM, Miyasaki JM, Matlock DD, Simuni T, Cerf M. Advance care planning in Parkinson's disease: ethical challenges and future directions. NPJ Parkinsons Dis. 2019; 5:24.
PMID: 31799376

Brungardt A, Daddato AE, Parnes B, Lum HD. Use of an Ambulatory Patient Portal for Advance Care Planning Engagement. J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 Nov-Dec; 32(6):925-930.
PMID: 31704762

Nowels D, Nowels MA, Sheffler JL, Kunihiro S, Lum HD. Features of U.S. Primary Care Physicians and Their Practices Associated with Advance Care Planning Conversations. J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 Nov-Dec; 32(6):835-846.
PMID: 31704752

Callister C, Jones J, Schroeder S, Breathett K, Dollar B, Sanghvi UJ, Harnke B, Lum HD, Jones CD. Caregiver Experiences of Care Coordination for Recently Discharged Patients: A Qualitative Metasynthesis. West J Nurs Res. 2020 Aug; 42(8):649-659.
PMID: 31585516

Lum HD. Medical Cannabis in Palliative Care: Meaningful Additions to the Research Evidence. J Palliat Med. 2019 10; 22(10):1173-1174.
PMID: 31584330

Pimentel CB, Gately M, Barczi SR, Boockvar KS, Bowman EH, Caprio TV, Colón-Emeric CS, Dang S, Espinoza SE, Garner KK, Griffiths PC, Howe JL, Lum HD, Markland AD, Rossi MI, Thielke SM, Valencia-Rodrigo WM, Moo LR, Hung WW. GRECC Connect: Geriatrics Telehealth to Empower Health Care Providers and Improve Management of Older Veterans in Rural Communities. Fed Pract. 2019 Oct; 36(10):464-470.
PMID: 31768097

DiGuiseppi CG, Smith AA, Betz ME, Hill L, Lum HD, Andrews H, Leu CS, Hyde HA, Eby DW, Li G. Cannabis use in older drivers in Colorado: The LongROAD Study. Accid Anal Prev. 2019 Nov; 132:105273.
PMID: 31521874

Lum HD, Kluger BM. Palliative Care for Parkinson Disease. Clin Geriatr Med. 2020 Feb; 36(1):149-157.
PMID: 31733696

Hickman SE, Vandenbroucke A, Carney J, Sandler V, Lum HD, Hammes BJ. Artificial Nutrition Belongs on POLST. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 09; 67(9):1985-1987.
PMID: 31412136

Gustavson AM, Drake C, Lakin A, Daddato AE, Falvey JR, Capell W, Lum HD, Jones CD, Unroe KT, Towsley GL, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Levy CR, Boxer RS. Conducting Clinical Research in Post-acute and Long-term Nursing Home Care Settings: Regulatory Challenges. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2019 07; 20(7):798-803.
PMID: 31248598

Bobitt J, Qualls SH, Schuchman M, Wickersham R, Lum HD, Arora K, Milavetz G, Kaskie B. Qualitative Analysis of Cannabis Use Among Older Adults in Colorado. Drugs Aging. 2019 07; 36(7):655-666.
PMID: 30924098

Daddato AE, Dollar B, Lum HD, Burke RE, Boxer RS. Identifying Patient Readmissions: Are Our Data Sources Misleading? J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2019 08; 20(8):1042-1044.
PMID: 31227472

Cutshall NR, Kwan BM, Salmi L, Lum HD. "It Makes People Uneasy, but It's Necessary. #BTSM": Using Twitter to Explore Advance Care Planning among Brain Tumor Stakeholders. J Palliat Med. 2020 01; 23(1):121-124.
PMID: 31170019

Candrian C, Lasker Hertz S, Matlock D, Flanagan L, Tate C, Kutner JS, Lum HD. Development of a Community Advance Care Planning Guides Program and the RELATE Model of Communication. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2020 Jan; 37(1):5-11.
PMID: 31030524

Lum HD, Arora K, Croker JA, Qualls SH, Schuchman M, Bobitt J, Milavetz G, Kaskie B. Patterns of Marijuana Use and Health Impact: A Survey Among Older Coloradans. Gerontol Geriatr Med. 2019 Jan-Dec; 5:2333721419843707.
PMID: 31065574

Lum HD, Jordan SR, Brungardt A, Ayele R, Katz M, Miyasaki JM, Hall A, Jones J, Kluger B. Framing advance care planning in Parkinson disease: Patient and care partner perspectives. Neurology. 2019 05 28; 92(22):e2571-e2579.
PMID: 31028124

Jordan SR, Brungardt A, Phimphasone-Brady P, Lum HD. Patient Perspectives on Advance Care Planning via a Patient Portal. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2019 Aug; 36(8):682-687.
PMID: 30803245

Fink RM, Somes E, Brackett H, Shanbhag P, Anderson AN, Lum HD. Evaluation of Quality Improvement Initiatives to Improve and Sustain Advance Care Planning Completion and Documentation. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2019 02; 21(1):71-79.
PMID: 30608360

Lum HD, Brungardt A, Jordan SR, Phimphasone-Brady P, Schilling LM, Lin CT, Kutner JS. Design and Implementation of Patient Portal-Based Advance Care Planning Tools. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 01; 57(1):112-117.e2.
PMID: 30595147

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Presentation & Media

 Webinar: Implementing Pragmatic Advance Care Planning Interventions in the Health System Context
3 March 2021 - Watch the recorded seminar
View the slide deck
 Poster: Formal Training in Telehealth Uniquely Prepares an Interdisciplinary Workforce in Geriatrics and Gerontology
14 November 2019 - Eastern Colorado GRECC PIs, Kathryn A. Nearing, PhD, Hillary D. Lum, MD, PhD, Skotti Church, MD along with Janna Hardland, MD and Stephanie Hartz, LCSW, BCD, presented this poster at The Gerontological Society of America's 71st Annual Scientific Meeting, taking place in Austin, Texas from November 13 - 17 , 2019. Eastern Colorado GRECC Connect integrates Associated Health Trainees (Audiology, Psychology, Social Work, Pharmacy) and Geriatric Medicine Fellows into interdisciplinary tele-geriatric and tele-palliative care consultations provided to outlying community-based outpatient clinics. During exit interviews, trainees indicated that these experiences offered unique opportunities to develop their clinical skills, particularly related to active listening and communication. They identified their involvement with GRECC Connect as a highly valued aspect of their Geriatrics training. Rigorous training in telehealth is an essential aspect of workforce development in Geriatrics and Gerontology given the concentration of older adults in rural areas.

Podcast: Access to Care Rounds

Listen as Kathryn Nearing, PhD, MA, Associate Director for Education and Evaluation for EC GRECC, discusses the model with Hillary Lum, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Geriatric Medicine, and project coordinator Courtney Bauers.


Access to Care Infographic

Our team created this infographic to help understand our work. Download the complete infographic as a PDF.

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Mission – Improve quality of care for Veterans and their families through committed partnerships focused on improving VA-community connections for Colorado Veterans.

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