The Pamm Gross Kahane Healthcare Research Institute (PGKHRI)  

studies human suffering and loss, and formally documents how best to address these human conditions.

Life’s Door’s goal is to affect behaviors in medical practice that facilitate hope, meaning and resilience for patients, their families, and healthcare professionals. The Institute seeks to offer compelling, innovative solutions.

PGKHRI honors the memory and legacy of Pamm Gross Kahane and her approach to life and to illness – which she displayed and shared in her professional role as a nurse, and as a volunteer who supported patients and families within the Life’s Door community

PGKHRI  Values: 

Enhancing Compassion and Hope, Commitment to Excellence, Partnership and Collaboration, Integrity and Transparency .

PGKHRI  shares information and insights, provides leadership, and works in collaboration on multiple initiatives. These relationships allow the PGKHRI to gather “big data” and my knowledge to develop state of the art models and measure their effectiveness.


In an effort to foster this global collaborative, Life’s Door has convened global leaders and thinkers in health care, education, science, community, philanthropy and private industry, and we have created our international Scientific Advisory Board.

Life’s Door’s distinguished international Scientific Advisory Board represents leading organizations, and is working in collaboration with:

Tel Aviv University, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, MD Anderson, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) groups of NRG, and The Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG).

It has been immersed in the rigorous study of the science of hope, and its role as a mediator in wellbeing and health care improvement.

With access to world-leading technology, a proven aptitude to develop solutions, and our long standing collaborations with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) groups of NRG and The Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), we are about to launch an innovation to transform the way people around the world confront and experience illness.

Our prestigious faculty is led by:

  • Professor Ben Corn, MD – Deputy Director of Shaare Zedek Cancer Center & Chair of Life’s Door
  • Professor Dan Ariely, PhD – Global Leader in Behavioral Economics
  • Professor Malka Margalit, PhD – Recipient of the Israel Prize for Research in Education.
  • Professor David B. Feldman, PhD – Chairman of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University
  • Professor Tom Smith, MD – Director of Palliative Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions