Losing Her Mom to Cancer at a Young Age Led UofL’s New Endowed Chair to a Career in Oncology Social Work

Preparing more social work students with knowledge to help their future clients and patients manage chronic or life-limiting diseases is part of Karlynn BrintzenhofeSzoc’s vision.  She is the new Dr. Renato LaRocca Endowed Chair in Oncology Social Work at the Kent School of Social Work and Family Science.

She replaces Karen Kayser who served as the school’s first endowed chair for the program and recently retired.  BrintzenhofeSzoc shares her personal story that led to her interest in the field, along with how her growing body of research is changing clinical care in this one-on-one with UofL News.

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Losing her mom to cancer at a young age led UofL’s new endowed chair to a career in oncology social work

By Julie Heflin - February 28, 2022