Lisa Petgrave-Nelson LMSW, OSW-C
Oncology Social Worker; End-of-Life Doula
Lisa is a licensed master social worker (LMSW), a certified oncology social worker (OSW-C), a trained end-of-life doula, and an NYU Zelda Foster Palliative Care and Leadership Fellow. With over twenty years of experience, she has dedicated her career to direct practice with chronically ill adults. Over the past decade, her roles have encompassed caring for patients in acute inpatient and outpatient nephrology and oncology settings, including Emory University Hospital, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and her current position at The Cancer Institute at St. Francis Hospital.
Currently pursuing a doctorate in social work at Wurzweiler University, Lisa is deeply committed to advancing her knowledge and expertise. Within the field, she contributes to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee for the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW). Furthermore, she has actively participated in the BIPOC Council of the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA).
Lisa's educational and professional journey revolves around her profound passion for serving cancer patients and their families, particularly in the realm of quality end-of-life care and healthcare equity. These themes have inspired numerous articles, blogs, and presentations, some of which have been featured in respected publications like The Journal of End of Life & Palliative Care. Lisa remains a fervent advocate for healthcare and end-of-life equity, particularly for those in underserved communities.