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2014 Board of Directors

2014_Board

Executive Committee

President Jean Kutner, MD MSPH FAAHPM
Executive Vice President Porter Storey, MD FACP FAAHPM
President Elect Christine Ritchie, MD MSPH FACP FAAHPM 
Treasurer Charles V. Wellman, MD FAAHPM
Secretary Jay Thomas, MD PhD
Past President Amy P. Abernethy, MD PhD FACP FAAHPM

Directors at Large

Janet H. Bull, MD FAAHPM
Bruce H. Chamberlain, MD FACP FAAHPM
Daniel Fischberg, MD PhD FAAHPM
Tara C. Friedman, MD FAAHPM
Nathan Goldstein, MD FAAHPM
John Manfredonia, DO FACOFP FAAHPM
Christina M Puchalski, MD FACP
Tammie E. Quest, MD
Christian T. Sinclair, MD FAAHPM
Rodney O Tucker, MD MMM FAAHPM
Joanne Wolfe, MD MPH
Holly Yang, MD FAAHPM

Executive Committee

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President
Jean S. Kutner, MD MSPH FAAHPM

Gordon Meiklejohn Endowed Professor of Medicine
Division Head, Division of General Internal Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Denver, CO

Dr. Kutner's entire professional career as a clinician, educator and researcher has been focused on hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Kutner is a tenured Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Health Care Policy and Research at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (UC SOM). Dr. Kutner has been the Division Head, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine since 2005. Dr. Kutner received a MD from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in 1991 and completed residency training in internal medicine at UCSF from 1991-1994. Subsequently, Dr. Kutner completed a NRSA primary care research fellowship, earning an MSPH degree with honors, and a fellowship in geriatric medicine at UC SOM (1994-1997). She was attending physician and medical director at Hospice of St. John in Lakewood, Colorado from 1995 – 2003. She served as founding director and attending physician, Palliative Care Consult Service at University of Colorado Hospital and received its "Pioneer Award" in 2009. She has been actively involved in student, resident, fellow, faculty and community hospice and palliative medicine educational activities since 1996, and developed the first University of Colorado internal medicine resident hospice and palliative medicine elective in 1997. Dr. Kutner conducts research focused on improving symptoms and quality of life for patients with life-limiting illness and their family caregivers. Dr. Kutner developed and directs the Population-based Palliative Care Research Network (PoPCRN) and is Co-Director of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative group (PCRC). Dr. Kutner is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and on the Society of General Internal Medicine Council. She is a standing member of the Nursing and Related Clinical Sciences study section for the Center for Scientific Review, NIH.

AAHPM activities:
• Research Task Force (2002)
• Annual Assembly Steering Committee (2004, 2006)
• Annual Assembly Program Chair (2005)
• Council Chair, College of Palliative Care (2005 – 2009)
• Chair, Membership and Communities Strategic Coordinating Committee (2008 – Present)
• Abstract, precourse and workshop presenter at Annual Assembly (2002-2008)
• President-Elect, Board of Directors (2014-2015)

Disclosures: Center for Improving Value in Health Care Palliative Care Task Force Chair; Foundation for Informed Medical Medical Editor; Decision Making Journal of Hospital Medicine Deputy Editor; Life Quality Institute Board of Directors NHPCO, Member, Research Committee Soc of General Internal Medicine Secretary-Elect, Council

 

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Executive Vice President
Porter Storey, MD FACP FAAHPM
Boulder, CO

Dr. Storey began specialty training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 1982 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and at St. Christopher’s Hospice, London, with Dr. Cicely Saunders. A full-time hospice physician since 1983, he continues to do hospital and clinic consults in palliative care for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group. In 2004 he was named Executive Vice President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has made many national and international presentations on hospice care, pain management, and symptom control. He earned his MD at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Storey serves as the executive vice president of AAHPM.

Disclosures: Hospice of Boulderand Broomfield County; Ethics Committee Member
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President Elect
Christine Ritchie, MD MSPH FACP FAAHPM

University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Dr. Ritchie is the Harris Fishbon Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. She is devoted to improving the care and quality of life of people with serious illnesses. Over the past 20 years, she has worked to build palliative care programs, train healthcare professionals and engage in research focused on improving care for vulnerable populations with chronic serious illnesses. She has directed and participated in palliative care programs in Louisville, KY and Birmingham, AL. She works with national partners to foster palliative care development in hospitals and in community-based settings and engages in research aimed at reducing suffering for those experiencing complex serious illness.

AAHPM activities:
• Director at Large on the AAHPM Board of Directors (3rd year)
• Member of the Research, Geriatrics and Cancer SIGs
• Co-Chair, AAHPM 25th Anniversary Support the Future Campaign
• Chair, AAHPM-AGS Workgroup
• President-Elect, Board of Directors (2014-2015)

Former member of:
• Annual Assembly Scientific Program Sub-Committee
• Educational Task Force for Hospital-Based
• Senior Advisor & Chair, Academic Palliative Medicine Task Force
• Development Task Force
• Leadership & Workforce SCC
• Quality & Research SCC
• Annual Assembly Committee

Disclosures: HSR&D Scientific Merit Review Cmte, CAPC Palliative Care Leadership Center, Palliative Care Research Cooperative
 
Wellman

Treasurer
Charles V. Wellman, MD FAAHPM

Dr. Wellman is the chief medical officer of the Hospice of the Western Reserve and a clinical assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University, both in Cleveland, OH. He began his hospice experience as a volunteer medical director and board member with Hospice of the Western Reserve in 1983. During the next 16 years, Dr. Wellman helped to develop a hospital-based in-patient hospice unit and a free-standing hospice facility. Since 1999 he has been the full-time chief medical officer, helping to grow the daily hospice census from 400 to 1,200 patients. He served on the NHPCO ethics committee and presented at AAHPM and NHPCO conferences on both clinical and ethical topics. Dr. Wellman is also an active member of the National Hospice Work Group medical directors' forum. His hospice has offered a fellowship program in hospice and palliative medicine for the past 3 years.

AAHPM activities:
• Chair of the Leadership and Workforce Strategic Coordinating Committee, 2010–2011
• Co-chair of the Business Practice Task Force of the Leadership and Workforce Committee, 2008–2010
• AAHPM board Director at Large, 2009–2010, 2012-2013
• AAHPM annual meeting presentations on dementia program development, palliative care of renal patients, physicians compensation, and neurotoxicants
• Recipient of the 2011 Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award

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Secretary
Jay Thomas, MD PhD
Physician Lead, Comprehensive Care Program
HealthCare Partners

Arcadia, CA

Dr. Thomas is currently the physician lead of an innovative program that uses palliative care's interdisciplinary team approach to care for HealthCare Partner's most seriously ill patients across the whole continuum of care including inpatient, clinic, and home. He is also involved in outcomes-based clinical research evaluating this program. In the past, he served as the Chair of the Department of Supportive Care Medicine at City of Hope that combined palliative medicine physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and chaplains under one academic roof. He has also served as a Clinical Medical Director at San Diego Hospice. He has been involved in both clinical and basic science research. He has written on palliative medicine topics including pain, dyspnea, ascites, and constipation, and hopes to publish on spiritual care research that is ongoing, funded by the Archstone Foundation.

AAHPM activities:
• Member - 2000-present
• Board of Directors - 2008-present
• Congressional Fly-in - 2012
• Chair, Publications Committee - 2009-present
• Chair or member, Annual Meeting scientific subcommittee - 2008, 2009
• Chair or presenter, Current Concepts: Update and Review Course - 2004-2008
• Presenter, Medical Director's Course - 2006, 2007
• Reviewer, UNIPAC series - 2007
• Poster or Oral presentations at the Annual Assembly - 2004, 2006, 2007
• Paper Award, Annual Assembly - 2006
• Secretary, Board of Directors, (2014-2015)

Disclosures: National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Fatigue and Palliative Care Panel Member; Population-based Palliative Care Research Network, Advisory Committee Member
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Amy P. Abernethy, MD PhD FACP FAAHPM
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Dr. Abernethy is a palliative medicine specialist and oncologist at Duke University Medical Center, and Director of the Duke Center for Learning Health Care. She oversees a large portfolio of studies that define the evidence basis for palliative interventions including health services delivery models, cancer pain interventions, and dyspnea treatments (e.g., morphine, oxygen). Dr. Abernethy is also Co-Chair of the NIH/NINR-funded Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group and a member of the Institute of Medicine's National Cancer Policy Forum.

AAHPM activities:
• Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of PC-FACS
• Elected to the Board of Directors in 2009
• Presenter at several Annual Assemblies
• Chair of the Publication and Product Assessment Task Force and Clinical Education Committee
• Past President, Board of Directors, (2014-2015)

Disclosures: Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer; Chair, Quality of Life Study Group; National Comprehensive Cancer Network; Member of the Fatigue NCCN Guidelines Panel, Member Pain Guidelines Cmte; NHPCO;Member, Research Committee; American Society of Clinical Oncology; Member, Health Plan Policy Review Advisory Group; Member, Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee

Directors at Large

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Janet H. Bull, MD FAAHPM
Four Seasons
Flat Rock, NC

Dr. Bull is the chief medical officer at Four Seasons in Flat Rock, NC. There she has helped Four Seasons launch an integrated, cross-setting, palliative care program; raise daily hospice census from 30 to 300; create a national center for excellence which offers consulting services and a palliative care immersion course; and develop and run a research department. Dr. Bull has served as principle investigator on many clinical trials focused on improving symptoms and quality of life.

AAHPM Activities
• Chair, Research Committee 2008-2012
• Presenter at many Annual Assemblies and Hospice Medical Director courses and webinars
• Co-Author of two chapters of the Hospice Medical Director Manual, 2nd edition

Chamberlain

Bruce H. Chamberlain, MD FACP FAAHPM
Care Medical
Salt Lake City, UT
Palliative Consulting
Orem, UT 

While working as an internist, Dr. Chamberlain developed an interest in hospice and became a medical director 1998. He later accepted a full-time position as the Chief Medical Officer with VistaCare, a position. Since that time he has worked with several hospice agencies in full or part-time positions. He is currently a hospitalist with Care Medical and a part-time hospice medical director with Maple Creek Hospice. In addition, he provides consulting services and training in clinical and administrative medical director activities. Bruce is a board member of the new Hospice Medical Director Certification Board.

AAHPM activities:
• Board Member 2007-present
• Fellow 2005
• Course Director 2006, 2007 Hospice Medical Director Course
• Co-Course Director 2004, 2011 Hospice Medical Director Course
• Co-Course Director 2004: Annual Update in Palliative Medicine
• Chairman, Education and Training Strategic Coordinating Committee 2008-2010
• Chairman, Continuing Education Committee 2004- 2005
• Member of Continuing Education Committee 2003-2007
• Member of Steering Committee for 2004 Annual Meeting

Disclosures: Speaker's Bureau for Pfizer
Fischberg

Daniel Fischberg, MD PhD FAAHPM
The Queen's Medical Center
Honolulu, HI

Dr. Fischberg is medical director of the Pain & Palliative Care Department at The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, HI, and Professor and Chief of the Division of Palliative Medicine in the Department of Geriatric Medicine at The John A. Burns School of Medicine of the University of Hawaii, also in Honolulu. Since completing pain and palliative care fellowship training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 2000, Dr. Fischberg has worked full-time as a palliative medicine physician, first at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and, since 2004, at The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu. Over the last 12 years, his professional activities have centered on the care of patients in the hospital, office, hospice and home settings, teaching, research, legislative advocacy, and public outreach. 

AAHPM activities:
• Member, 2000–present
• Well over a dozen presentation at the Annual Assembly 2000–Present
• Developed and presented/co-presented State of the Science Plenary at Annual Assembly, 2003–2008
• Annual Assembly Scientific Committee, 2008–2010
• Annual Assembly Program Chair, 2009 and 2010
• Chair, Education & Training Strategic Coordinating Committee, 2010–2012
• Chair, Choosing Wisely Task Force, 2012
• Chair, Publications Committee, 2013-present
• Associate Editor, PC-FACS, 2005-2012
• Reviewer, Journal of Palliative Medicine and Journal of Pain & Symptom Management

Friedman

Tara C. Friedman, MD FAAHPM

Dr. Friedman is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. At the completion of her fellowship, Dr. Friedman began working as the full time medical director of a growing urban hospice program. For 10 years she provided oversight to the hospice’s clinical care, developed best practices, taught and mentored colleagues, served on the program’s management team, and provided bedside care to hospice patients in a variety of settings. For the past 5 years, she has served as the medical director of a national palliative care practice which has grown to include a home care-based palliative care partnerships, outpatient practices and hospital-based consultative services providing palliative care in both community hospitals and academic tertiary care centers. She is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine.

AAHPM activities:
• Member, 2000-present
• Five well-attended highly-rated presentations at the last six AAHPM annual assemblies
• Associate-Editor-in-Chief, AAHPM Quarterly, 2011-present
• Member, Editorial Board, AAHPM Quarterly, 2006–2011
• Products and Publications Task Force, 2008
• Nominating Committee, 2009
• Medical Director Credentialing Committee, 2010–2013
• Governance Committee, 2013-present

Goldstein

Nathan Goldstein, MD FAAHPM 
Mount Sinai Hospital

New York, NY

Dr. Goldstein is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development and the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY. His areas of expertise include pain in older adults and the use of advanced technologies for patients near the end of life. Dr. Goldstein is a clinician investigator whose work examines improving care for patients with advanced heart failure. Dr. Goldstein is an attending physician on Mount Sinai's inpatient palliative care consult service, and is a clinician researcher at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Bronx, New York. He completed his training in internal medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, followed by health services research training in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the Yale University School of Medicine. He then returned to Mount Sinai to complete a clinical geriatrics fellowship, and subsequently joined the faculty in 2004. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

AAHPM Activities
• Leadership Education and Academic Development (LEAD) Program (co-led);
• Presented the State of the Science plenary at the Annual Assembly from 2006-2012

Former member of the following committees and task forces
• Leadership Development Committee;
• Nominating Committee;
• Research Committee;
• Scientific Subcommittee (Chair);
• Academic Palliative Medicine Task Force;

Disclosures: President of the Board of the Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (synagogue) New York, NY
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John Manfredonia, DO FACOFP FAAHPM
Hospice Division of Gentiva Health Services
Tucson, AZ

"Dr. John" Manfredonia is a board-certified hospice and palliative medicine physician with over 13 years of experience in this field. Past responsibilities have ranged from hospice medical director of a single small site; later, a program hospice medical director for a hospice with an average daily census of 300+ with an eleven bed in-patient unit. Currently in a full-time position as a National Medical Director with the Hospice Division of Gentiva Health Services, one of the largest multi-state home hospice organizations in the country. He is a Fellow in both the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

He s a member of both the Board of Directors of the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Is vice-chair of the American Osteopathic Association Council on Palliative Care Issues and is Speaker of the House of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association.

AAHPM Activities
• Director-at-Large, Board of Directors 2010-2013
• Faculty: Intensive Board Review Course 2012
• Contributing Author: Hospice Medical Director Manual 2012
• Faculty: Hospice Medical Director Course 2011
• Annual Assembly: Rounding with the Stars 2011
• Webinar: Face-to-Face Encounter 2011
• Course Director & Faculty: Intensive Board Review Course 2010
• Course Director & Faculty: Hospice Medical Course 2007 & 2009
• Education & Training Strategic Coordinating Committee 2008-2012
• Associate Editor PC-FACS 2005-2011
• Annual Assembly Planning Committee 2007
• Faculty, Current Concepts in Palliative Care Update 2006-2008
• Faculty, Hospice Medical Director Course at Annual Assembly 2007-2009
• Faculty, Annual Hospice Medical Director Course 2006

Disclosures: Hospice Medical Director Certification Board; Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation Board Trustee; Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association, Speaker of the House; American Osteopathic Association Delegate; AOA Council on Palliative Care Issues Committee Member.
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Christina M Puchalski, MD FACP 
George Washington University Medical Center

Arlington, VA

Christina Puchalski, MD, MS, is a pioneer and international leader in the movement to integrate spirituality into healthcare in both the clinical setting and in medical education. As founder and director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish) and Professor of Medicine at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, she continues to break new ground in the understanding and integration of spiritual care in a broad spectrum of healthcare environments. All of these programs and activities have encouraged the development of a patient-centered perspective in healthcare. GWish is fostering alliances globally to further the integration of spirituality into healthcare.

AAHPM Activities:
• Member of the Long Term Care, and the Humanities and Spirituality (co-chair) SIGS.
• Presented at several Annual Assemblies

Former member of the following committees and task forces:
• Clinical Education Committee
• Annual Assembly Program Planning Committee
• SIG Chairs
• REPERC Reviewer
• Service of Remembrance and Celebration
• Membership and Communities SCC

Disclosures: Healthcare Advisory Committee
Quest

Tammie E. Quest, MD
Emory Palliative Care Center
Atlanta, GA

Tammie E. Quest is the Director of the Emory Palliative Care Center for Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center where she is also the Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship program director. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the Emory University School of Medicine. Tammie, is an emergency medicine physician by training, and has been a pioneer nationally integrating palliative care education and practice into the emergency setting. Tammie is a Project on Death in America (PDIA) Scholar and nationally recognized expert in palliative care in the emergency setting, as well as the Director of the Education in Palliative and End of Life Care – Emergency Medicine (EPEC-EM) Project and the Center to Advance Palliative Care's Improving Palliative Care in Emergency Medicine (IPAL-EM) project. In addition, she has served on the ABIM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Exam Writing Committee for the past several years. 

AAHPM Activities:
• Chair, Diversity Task Force 2013

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Christian T. Sinclair, MD FAAHPM
Gentiva Health Services
Overland Park, KS

Dr. Sinclair is a National Hospice Medical Director for Gentiva Health Services and is based in Overland Park, KS. He has experience in multiple clinical settings including home visits, palliative care outpatient clinic, inpatient hospice, IDT , hospital based palliative consults, and palliative home health. From 2006-08, he was Program Director for the University of Kansas/Kansas City Hospice Fellowship Program. Dr. Sinclair is the editor of Pallimed advocating for responsible social media advocacy for health care professionals. In addition he has made multiple local TV, radio and newspaper appearances on end-of-life issues.

AAHPM activities:
• Founding Chair, Early Career Professionals SIG (formerly PIT-SIG) - 2004
• Founder, Annual Assembly Professionals-in-Training Case Conference
• Presenter, Annual Assembly, Fellowship Director’s Meeting, Current Concepts Review Course
• Member, Annual Assembly Steering Committee - 2005
• Member, External Awareness Task Force – 2008-2011
• Reviewer, HPM FAST Questions - 2008
• AAHPM representative, Coalition to Transform Advance Care, PAINS Initiative
• Co-Chair, 25th Anniversary Campaign - 2012

Disclosures: None
Tucker

Rodney O Tucker, MD MMM FAAHPM 
UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care

Birmingham, AL

Rodney O. Tucker, MD MMM is Director of the UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care where he is active in the development of a comprehensive clinical, educational and research program in palliative care. Dr. Tucker completed his Masters in Medical Management at the University of Southern California in 2009. At UAB, Dr. Tucker has provided leadership in the opening of a 12 bed inpatient palliative care unit in 2006 as well as development of an ambulatory HIV palliative care clinic. The UAB Center provides care for over 2000 new patients annually and is currently a Palliative Care Leadership Center. Dr. Tucker has been an active member of AAHPM and CAPC for over a decade having served in several leadership roles in the Academy. He has participated in the education and mentorship of over 300 fellow learners and health care systems over the past decade. In 2013 Dr. Tucker also began in the role of Chief Experience Officer for UAB Medicine. In this role Dr. Tucker works with stakeholders numbering over 14,000 at Alabama's largest employer in the practice of evidence based leadership and enhancing the patient experience in the setting of a changing healthcare environment.

AAHPM Activities:

Former member of the following committees and task forces
• Leadership and Workforce SCC
• Shaping the Future Campaign
• HIV, Program Directors, LGBT, and Heart Failure SIGS
• Scientific Subcommittee
• Fellowship Task Force (Chair)
• Fellowship Summit (Chair)
• UNIPAC Writer
• Education & Training SCC
• SIG Chairs
• Annual Assembly Planning Program (Chair)
• Heart Failure SIG (Chair)

Wolfe

Joanne Wolfe, MD MPH

Dr. Wolfe is the division chief of pediatric palliative care of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston, MA; director of pediatric palliative care at the Children’s Hospital Boston; and associate professor of pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School in Boston. In 1997, Dr. Wolfe lead the development of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team at Children’s Hospital Boston and the DFCI, now one of the longest standing and largest pediatric palliative care programs nationally. In 1999, she became a Faculty Scholar with PDIA and through this opportunity gained insight into the fundamentals of hospice and palliative care along the life spectrum. From 2002 to 2008, she was the pediatric medical director for a local hospice and came to more fully understand the needs of home-based patients and their families.

AAHPM activities:
•    Member since 2002
•    Chair, Research and Quality Strategic Coordinating Committee, 2010–2012
•    Member, Pediatric Special Interest Group, 2002–present
•    Member, Research Special Interest Group, 2010–present
•    Associate Editor, PC-FACS, 2005–2012
•    Chair, Research Committee, 2009
•    Member, Annual Assembly Planning Committee, 2005–2008
•    Concurrent sessions, abstract presentations, and pre-course workshops at four AAHPM Annual Assemblies

 

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Holly Yang, MD FACP FAAHPM
Scripps Health Inpatient Providers Medical Group
San Diego, CA

Dr. Yang provides hospice and palliative care services in the Scripps Health system. She teaches medical and interdisciplinary trainees in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) both in the US and internationally. She serves as the HPM Fellowship Program Director at Scripps Mercy Hospital and Medical Director of Palliative Care at Scripps Memorial Hospital – La Jolla. Her particular interests include: the intersection and integration of HPM with national and international health care systems, health professional education, communication skills training, whole-person care for the healthcare provider, and social media.

AAHPM Activities:
•    Member since 2003
•    Board of Directors, Member (2013-present)
•    Innovative Fellowship Models Workgroup, Member (2013)
•    Education and Training SCC,
Member (2012-2013)
•    Clinical Education Committee,
Chair (2012-2013)
•    Clinical Education Committee, Member 2009-2012
•    Co-editor of the HPM PASS and HPM FAST modules, 1st and 2nd editions (2007-2012)
•    AAHPM LEAD participant (2009-2011)
•    Annual Assembly concurrent session/pre-course workshop presenter
(2010, 2011, 2014)
•    Hospice Medical Director Forum presenter
(2011)
•    Fellowship Program Summit presenter (2010-2011)

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AAHPM Past Presidents

Executive Vice President C. Porter Storey, MD FACP FAAHPM speaks with Academy Past Presidents about their year as president.

2013: Amy P. Abernethy, MD PhD FACP FAAHPM
2012: Timothy E. Quill, MD FACP FAAHPM
2011: Ronald J. Crossno, MD FAAFP FAAHPM
2010: R. Sean Morrison, MD FAAHPM
2009: Gail Austin Cooney, MD FAAHPM
2008: Russell K. Portenoy, MD
2007: J. Cameron Muir, MD FAAHPM
2006: Ron S. Schonwetter, MD FAAHPM
2005: Robert M. Arnold, MD FAAHPM 
2004: James Cleary, MD
2003: David M. McGrew, MD FAAHPM
2002: Martha Twaddle, MD FAAHPM FACP
2001: John W. Finn, MD FAAHPM
2000: Carla S. Alexander, MD FAAHPM
1999: Michael H. Levy, MD PhD
1998: Walter Forman, MD FAAHPM
1997: Ira Byock, MD FAAHPM
1996: Laurel Herbst, MD
1995: Charles Sasser, MD FAAHPM FACD
1994: Gerald Holman, MD FRCP(C) FAAP
1993: Jack Starr, MD
1992: Marty Skinner, MD
1991: J. Andrew Billings, MD
1990: Wilbur Flannery, MD
1989: Robert Miller, MD

2010 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President
R. Sean Morrison, MD FAAHPM
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, NY

Dr. Morrison has dedicated his career to improving care for seriously ill patients by conducting research, teaching, and practicing palliative care. His activities are focused on developing a stronger evidence base for palliative care; assisting hospice and palliative medicine physicians in translating research into their clinical practice, and teaching and developing a new generation of palliative care clinicians.  He is an active clinician and cares for seriously ill patients in the hospital and at home through the palliative care program at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York an in partnership with 5 New York hospice programs.

AAHPM activities:   

·         Member, Research Task Force  

·         President, Board of Directors, 2010-2011

·         Secretary, Board of Directors, , 2005-2006 

·         Member, Board of Directors, 2004-2005, 2006  

·         Presented both educational and research findings at the annual meeting from 2000-present  

·         Directs The National Palliative Care Palliative Care Research Center, which co-sponsors with the Academy the annual Kathleen M. Foley Research Retreat and Symposium 

 

Executive Vice President
Porter Storey, MD FACP FAAHPM
Boulder, CO

Dr. Storey began specialty training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 1982 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and at St. Christopher’s Hospice, London, with Dr. Cicely Saunders. A full-time hospice physician since 1983, he continues to do hospital and clinic consults in palliative care for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group. Storey currently serves on the board of directors for the Colorado Center for Hospice and Palliative Care. In 2004 he was named Executive Vice President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has made many national and international presentations on hospice care, pain management, and symptom control. He earned his MD at Stanford University School of Medicine.

AAHPM activities: 

 

 

President Elect
Ronald J. Crossno, MD CMD FAAHPM
Odyssey Healthcare
Rockdale, TX  

Starting as a part-time medical director for a small (census <30) community-based non-profit hospice in 1993, Dr. Crossno has helped a rural program grow multiple times over. He now works full-time helping direct one of the nation’s largest hospice providers, though a significant portion of his time still involves direct patient care at that same hospice program. As a co-founder and past-president of the Texas Academy of Palliative Medicine, and in other venues, Dr. Crossno has been very involved with efforts to advocate, promote and educate on hospice and palliative medicine related topics.

AAHPM activities:

·         President, Board of Directors, 2011-2012

·         Treasurer, Board of Directors, 2008-2009

·         Director-at-Large, Board of Directors, 2006-2008

·         Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association,2006-2010

·         Member, Public Policy Committee,(2006-present; Chair,2006-2007

·         PC-FACS Associate Editor, 2005-present

·         Co-Chair, Rural Special Interest Group steering committee, 2005-present

·         Co-Chair, Long-Term Care Special Interest Group steering committee, 2006-2007

·         Member, Hospice-Based Physician Education Task Force, 2006

·         Member, Education Committee, 2004-2006

·         Member, Hospice Medical Director Course Planning Committee, 2005

·         Presented on a variety of topics at annual and other meetings since 2003

 

Treasurer
Timothy E. Quill, MD FAAHPM
University of Rochester 
Rochester, NY  

Dr. Quill's initial experience was as a hospice medical director for a home hospice program in Rochester, NY from 1981 to 1988 while also practicing primary care internal medicine. In the 1990s, he co-directed a community hospital-based palliative care consult service that included a dedicated inpatient unit. In 2002, Dr. Quill moved to the University of Rochester Medical Center and started a Palliative Care Program that has subsequently expanded to include inpatient, outpatient and home consultations, a dedicated 12 bed inpatient unit, required palliative care educational experiences for medical students and medical residents, a clinical fellowship program, and a multidisciplinary research program.

AAHPM activities:

·         Lead editor of fourth and fifth editions of the Palliative Care Primer

·         Chair,  Ethics Committee, 2006 to 2007

·         Member, Ethics Special Interest Group

·         Member, Board of Directors, 2008 to present

·         Treasurer, Board of Directors (2010-2011)

·         President-Elect, Board of Directors, (2011-2012)

·         Presenter at the Annual Assembly  and  several sessions  at the Board Review Course

 

Secretary
Kate W. Faulkner, MD FAAHPM
Boston PainCare Center
Waltham, MA

In 1993, Dr. Faulkner was interim hospice medical director for a friend on sabbatical. She loved the work, and never went back to her academic career in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. Ever since, she has been a medical director or consultant/supervisor/teacher for other medical directors. Though working primarily in homecare, she has also been involved with hospital-based systems and free-standing inpatient units. Recently, she accepted her first purely palliative care position at the Boston PainCare Center. Dr. Faulkner has served on the Massachusetts Hospice and Palliative Care Federation board, the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Foundation board, and numerous committees for NHPCO, ChiPPS, and Children’s Hospice International.

AAHPM activities:

·         Secretary, Board of Directors, 2009 to present

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·         ·         ·         Involved in promoting and developing the Access Fund, aimed at broadening the financial base for the Academy

·         Member, Finance Committee.

·         ·         Member, Pediatric Special Interest Group

 

Past President
Gail Austin Cooney, MD FAAHPM
Hospice of Palm Beach County
 

Since 1997, Dr. Cooney has been the Chief Medical Office at Hospice of Palm Beach County, an independent, not-for-profit FL hospice. Her professional career has two focuses. First, she works to enhance patient access to end of life care by expanding the breadth of hospice services to include a wide range of palliative interventions, not usually provided by hospice programs. Her success is measured by the growth of the hospice census from 200 patients per day in 1997 to 1100 patients today. Second, she is committed to increasing the role of physicians in community-based hospice and palliative medicine. Today, she leadsSince 1997, Dr. Cooney has been the Chief Medical Office at Hospice of Palm Beach County, an independent, not-for-profit FL hospice. Her professional career has two focuses. First, she works to enhance patient access to end of life care by expanding the breadth of hospice services to include a wide range of palliative interventions, not usually provided by hospice programs. Her success is measured by the growth of the hospice census from 200 patients per day in 1997 to 1100 patients today. Second, she is committed to increasing the role of physicians in community-based hospice and palliative medicine. Today, she leads a medical staff of 30 full and part-time physicians who, in 2006, provided over 30,000 palliative medicine consultations to hospice and non-hospice patients, generating clinical revenue that supports continued expansion of physician services.

 

AAHPM Activities

·         President, Board of Directors, 2009-2010 

·         Elected to the Board of Directors in 2005  

·         Led a task force that created the “Physician Billing, Coding, and Reimbursement” guide for the members-only section of the AAHPM website 

·         Participated in the Geriatric Work Group for the AMA Physician Consortium for Quality Improvement and continue to serve as the AAHPM representative to the Consortium 

·         Speaker at several Annual Assemblies and at the “Current Concepts in Palliative Medicine” course 

 

Directors at Large

Amy P. Abernethy, MD FAAHPM
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Dr. Abernethy is a practicing clinical oncologist and palliative medicine specialist at Duke University Medical Center, and also directs a research program targeting patients’ palliative needs and focusing on symptoms, quality of life, and psychosocial care. As Principal Investigator, she has conducted randomized trials of health services delivery models for palliative care, cancer pain interventions, and dyspnea treatments (e.g., morphine, oxygen). She also works closely with an Australian palliative care research team, community hospice research programs in the United States, and national efforts (e.g., palliative care data systems).

AAHPM activities:

·         Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of PC-FACS

·         Elected to the Board of Directors in 2009 Presenter at several Annual Assemblies

·         Chair of the Publication and Product Assessment Task Force and Clinical Education Committee

 

F. Amos Bailey, MD FACP FAAHPM
Birmingham VA Medical Center
Birmingham, AL
 

Amos Bailey has been working in Hospice and Palliative Medicine since 1989. Although trained as a Medical Oncologist, he has practiced Palliative Care full time for the last 9 years. He was founder and director of the Balm of Gilead Project, the first Palliative Care inpatient unit in Alabama. He is now the founder/director of the Safe Harbor Palliative Care Unit at the VAMC and is one of the original faculty members of the Palliative Medicine section at UAB. He has developed and taught the Palliative Care curriculum for medical students, residents and fellows over the last 10 years.

AAHPM activities: 

  • Chair, Planning Committee. 2006 Annual Assembly
  • ABHPM Committee to Write Board Exam Questions for Palliative Care Certification Exam 2001-2006
  • Presenter at the 2004-2006Annual Assemblies

 

Bruce H. Chamberlain, MD FACP FAAHPM
Palliative Care Consultations
Orem, UT
 

While working as an internist, Dr. Chamberlain developed an interest in hospice and became a medical director 1998. He later accepted a full-time position as the Chief Medical Officer with VistaCare, a position he held for five years. He is currently a hospitalist, allowing him to apply palliative principles formally and informally on a daily basis. He is also a part-time hospice medical director and provides consulting services in clinical and administrative medical director functions. Recently, he has been a featured speaker on end-of-life topics in Missouri, Idaho, Michigan, Arizona, and Utah, including an NHPCO webinar on billing in 2007.

AAHPM activities

·         Member,  Continuing Education Committee 2003-2007; served as chair, 2004-2005

·         Member of Steering Committee for  Annual Assembly, 2004

·         Co-Creator and Course Director,e Hospice Medical Director Course, 2006, 2007

·         Co-Course Director, Current Concepts in Hospice and Palliate Medicine Course, 2004

·         Member, Board of Directors,  2007-presentChair, Education and Training Strategic Coordinating Committee, 2008

·         Co-author:  Billing and Coding column for quarterly newsletter, AAHPM Bulletin

·         Regular speaker at the Medical Director and Current Concepts courses

 

Sarah Friebert, MD FAAP FAAHPM
Akron Children's Hospital
Akron, OH

Over 10 years ago, Dr. Friebert began as Pediatric Medical Director for Hospice of the Western Reserve, where she has continued to serve. She created and directs the Haslinger Pediatric Palliative Care Division at Akron Children’s Hospital where she directs the fellowship program, co-chairs the ethics committee, and participates on the steering committee for NEOUCOM’s Office of Palliative Care. She serves as Consulting Pediatric Palliative Care Physician and on the ChiPPS steering committee for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. As founder and chair of the Ohio Pediatric Palliative and End-of-Life care network, she has  been leading a state-wide effort to improve education, research, access, clinical excellence and advocacy/legislative change for children across the state; they also hosted a national pediatric palliative care conference in 2007.

AAHPM activities:

·         Member of Fellowship Directors’ Forum, 2006-present

·         Member of Pediatric Special Interest Group

·         Recipient, College of Palliative Care Mentorship Award

·         Presenter at numerous Annual Assemblies

·         Presenter at Fellowship Directors’ Forum, 2008

·         Reviewer, UNIPAC 8 (Pediatric Self-Study module), 1st edition

 

Jean Kutner, MD MSPH FAAHPM
University of Colorado Denver HSC
Denver, CO

Dr. Kutner’s entire professional career as a clinician, educator and researcher has been focused on hospice and palliative medicine. She was attending physician and medical director at Hospice of St. John in Lakewood, Colorado from 1995 – 2003. She served as founding director and attending physician, Palliative Care Consult Service at University of Colorado Hospital  and received its “Pioneer Award” in 2009. She has been actively involved in student, resident, fellow, faculty and community hospice and palliative medicine educational activities since 1996, and developed the first University of Colorado internal medicine resident hospice and palliative medicine elective in 1997. Dr. Kutner established and directed the Population-based Palliative Care Research Network (PoPCRN), a research network of hospice/palliative care organizations (primarily hospices) (www.uchsc.edu/popcrn ) She is the recipient of National Institutes on Aging “Academic Career Leadership Award” (K07) to increase palliative care research capacity (2009 – 2013). 

AAHPM activities:

 

·         Research Task Force (2002)

·         Annual Assembly Steering Committee (2004, 2006)

·         Annual Assembly Program Chair (2005)

·         Council Chair, College of Palliative Care (2005 – 2009)

·         Chair, Membership and Communities Strategic Coordinating Committee (2008 – Present)

·         Abstract, precourse and workshop presenter at Annual Assembly (2002-2008) 

 

Solomon Liao, MD FAAHPM
University of CA Irvine Medical Center
Orange, CA

Dr. Liao has practiced hospice and palliative medicine for more than a decade and been a hospice medical director for most of that time. He serves as director of palliative care services at the University of CA Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Liao is also an American Physician Editor for the Hospice and Palliative Care Formulary USA and the co-editor for the Palliative Review Series in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, and from 2006 to 2010 was a palliative medicine representative on the USMLE step II test writing committee.

 

AAHPM activities:

  • Director at Large, Board of Directors, 2007 to present
  • Member, Work Force Capacity Task Force, 2010 to present
  • Member, Clinical Education Committee, 2009 to present
  • Member, Awards Committee, 2009 to present
  • Member, Products and Publication Task Force, 2008 to 2009
  • Member, Education Committee, 2002 to 2007
  • Chair, Planning Committee, AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly, 2007
  • Chair, Planning Committee, AAHPM Update and Review Course, 2004 and 2005
  • Presentations at Annual Assemblies, medical director and current concepts courses Co-editor of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Practice Assessment & Self Study (HPM-PASS), 2009-2010
  • Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2008-present

 

Kathleen McGrady, MD MA MS FAAHPM
Kaiser Permanente
Westminster, CO

 Dr. McGrady has worked in home hospice since 1984. She is a past director of Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s inpatient palliative care program, seeing 1200 patients/year- implemented throughout national Kaiser Permanente owned and contracted hospitals. She is a consultant for free-standing inpatient hospice unit, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center Colorado. Dr. McGrady is also an EPEC Trainer and active participant in hospice and palliative education, speaking nationally or in local communities, hospital or teaching institutions. She is a clinical researcher in palliative medicine with outpatient palliative care clinic study funded and in planning stages for 2009. She recently published “Impact of an Inpatient Palliative Care Team: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” Journal of Palliative Medicine, 2008; 11(2).

AAHPM activities:

·         Board Member since 2006 with committee work

·         Presentations, abstracts, and posters at Annual Assemblies

·         Presentations at Current Concepts Board Review Course

·         Presentations at Hospice Medical Directors Course

·         Reviewed UNIPAC 9, 3rd edition prior to publication and developed CME questions

John Manfredonia, DO FACOFP FAAHPM
Odyssey HealthCare
Tucson, AZ 

Dr. Manfredonia began his hospice career as a part-time medical director in 1999.  He is currently a full-time medical director and continues to care for patients in both in the home and inpatient settings. For the last four years he has assisted in the development and moderated the Palliative Medicine Symposium at the American Osteopathic Association’s Annual Convention.  He is an EPEC Program Director and Trainer.  Dr. Manfredonia has been very involved in the education of physicians, nurses and the general public and has spoken on Hospice and Palliative care topics at the state and national levels.

AAHPM activities

  • Chair,  Hospice Medical Director Course (2008 – Present)
  • Presenter, Hospice Medical Director Course and  Current Concepts: Update and Review Course

·         Associate Editor PC-FACS (2005-present)

·         Member,   Education & Training Strategic Coordinating Committee (2008 – Present)

·         Member, Annual Assembly Planning Committees (2007)

·         Member,  Osteopathic Special Interest Group (2007 – Present)

 

Jorge I. Ramirez, MD FAAHPM
VA Midwest Healthcare Network
Fort Meade, SD

Dr. Ramirez’s palliative medicine career began in 1984 when he was chosen to be Medical Director for Hospice of Martin in Stuart, FL. Since then, his passion for this field has grown and developed into a rewarding professional journey. He has practiced hospice and palliative medicine in several different settings, including community hospice programs, skilled nursing facilities, and most recently, in the VA. He values the opportunity he has had to teach palliative medicine at the local, state and national levels. His tenure as member of the Board of Directors of the Academy since 2005 has given a unique opportunity to actively participate in the national leadership of the specialty. 

AAHPM activities:

·         Board liaison,  Membership and Communities Strategic Coordinating Committee 2008

·         Member, Board of Directors, 2005-present

·         Member, Search Committee for Executive Vice President

·         Members, Search Committee for Chairperson of the College of Palliative Care (CPC) Council

·         Member, Education Committee, 2000-2003

Presented at several Annual Assemblies

Christine Ritchie, MD MSPH FACP
University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Palliative and Supportive Care
Birmingham, AL

Dr. Ritchie served as Medical Director of the Louisville VA Medical Center (VAMC) Hospice. She subsequently started the palliative care and geriatrics program at the Louisville VAMC and worked with the VA nationally to foster palliative care development throughout all VA Medical Centers. Since 2004, she has directed the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Center for Palliative Care and the Palliative and Supportive Care Section of the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care. She directs UAB’s Palliative Care Leadership Center, and seeks to improve care for individuals with advanced illness through clinical care, education and research.

AAHPM Activities

·         Senior Advisor, Academic Palliative Medicine Task Force

·         Chair, Annual Assembly, 2006  

·         Member, Planning Committee and Scientific Review Committee

·         Presenter at Annual Assemblies

Christian T. Sinclair, MD FAAHPM
Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care
Kansas City, MO

Dr. Sinclair  has worked at Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care since 2004, first as Associate Medical Director – Home Visits, Inpatient Hospice, IDT and currently as Site Director. From 2006-08, he was Fellowship Program Director. He was Medical Director of the palliative care team at Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, KS and a member of the Ethics Committee at Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, KS. Dr. Sinclair is co-editor of Pallimed: A Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog and has made multiple local TV, radio and newspaper appearances on end-of-life issues.

AAHPM activities

• Founding Chair and advisor, Professionals-In-Training SIG (PIT-SIG) - 2004

• Founder, Annual Assembly Professionals-in-Training Case Conference, 2004-Present

• Presenter, Annual Assembly, Fellowship Director’s Meeting, Current Concepts Review Course

• Member, Annual Assembly Steering Committee - 2005

• Member, Fellowship Directors SIG - 2005-Present

• Member, External Awareness Task Force – 2008-Present

• Reviewer, HPM FAST Questions - 2008

 

Jay Thomas, MD PhD
City of Hope National Medical Center
Duarte, CA

At San Diego Hospice, Dr. Thomas cared for patients both at home and in an inpatient unit, taught medical students, residents, oncology and palliative medicine fellows, and health care professionals, as well as conducted clinical research in pain, subcutaneous delivery of fluids and opioids, and opioid-induced constipation. He has hospital-based palliative medicine experience as an attending at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center and currently as the chair of a department at City of Hope that combines palliative physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and chaplains under one academic roof. He has written on palliative medicine topics including pain, dyspnea, ascites, and constipation.

AAHPM activities:

  • Chair or member, Annual Meeting scientific subcommittee (2008, 2009)
  • Chair or presenter, Current Concepts: Update and Review Course (2004-2008)
  • Presenter, Medical Director’s Course (2006, 2007)
  • Reviewer, UNIPAC series (2007)
  • Poster or Oral presentations at the Annual Assembly (2004, 2006, 2007)
  • Paper Award, Annual Assembly(2006)
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