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Project Title: Approaching Death: Addressing Key End of Life Issues

PIN: IOM-EO-12-03        

Major Unit:
Institute of Medicine

Sub Unit: Health and Medicine Executive Office
Institute of Medicine Executive Office


Stith Butler, Adrienne

Subject/Focus Area:  Health and Medicine

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   02/19/2013

Dr. Philip A. Pizzo - (Co-Chair)
Stanford University School of Medicine

Philip A. Pizzo, M.D. (Co-Chair) served as the Dean of the School of Medicine, and Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine from 2001-2012. Before joining Stanford, he was the physician-in-chief of Children’s Hospital in Boston and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School from 1996-2001. Dr. Pizzo is recognized for his contributions as a clinical investigator, especially in the treatment of children with cancer and HIV. He devoted much of his distinguished medical career to the diagnosis, management, prevention and treatment of childhood cancers and the infectious complications that occur in children whose immune systems are compromised by cancer and AIDS. Dr. Pizzo and his research team pioneered the development of new treatments for children with HIV infection, lengthening and improving the quality of life for children with this disease. Dr. Pizzo served as head of the institute’s infectious disease section, chief of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) pediatric department, and acting scientific director for NCI’s Division of Clinical Sciences between 1973 and 1996. Dr. Pizzo was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1997 and served on the IOM Council from 2006-2012. He has held numerous leadership positions, including Chair of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges and has received numerous honors and awards for his work and contributions. He received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University and an M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston.

Mr. David M. Walker - (Co-Chair)
Comeback America Initiative

David M. Walker (Co-Chair) is the Founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative (CAI) and Former U.S. Comptroller General. In his capacity as CEO of the CAI, he leads the Initiative's efforts to promote fiscal responsibility and sustainability by engaging the public and assisting key policymakers on a non-partisan basis to help achieve solutions to America’s federal, state and local fiscal imbalances. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the first President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Previously, Mr. Walker served as the seventh Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) for almost ten years (1998-2008). He also has over 20 years of private sector experience, including approximately 10 years as a Partner and Global Managing Director of Human Capital Services for Arthur Andersen LLP. He holds a B.S. in accounting from Jacksonville University, a Senior Management in Government Certificate in public policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Dr. Patricia Bomba
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Patricia Bomba, M.D., FACP is Vice President and Medical Director of Geriatrics for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. In this role, she serves as a geriatric consultant on projects and program development affecting seniors. She is a nationally recognized palliative care and end-of-life expert who designs and oversees the implementation of community projects. Prior to her work at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, she was in private practice in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics in Rochester, New York. Dr. Bomba is New York State’s representative on the National POLST Paradigm Task Force, a multistate collaborative. In addition to serving as a New York State Delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, she served as a member of the Review Committee of the National Quality Forum’s “Framework and Preferred Practices for a Palliative and Hospice Care Quality” project, the American Board of Internal Medicine Primary Palliative Care Committee and chaired the BlueCross and BlueShield Association National Medical Management Forum. She chairs New York's MOLST Statewide Implementation Team, serves as the eMOLST Program Director, and is a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York Ethics Committee. Dr. Bomba earned a bachelor’s degree from Immaculata College and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Rochester, and is board certified in Internal Medicine, with Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine.

Dr. Eduardo Bruera
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Eduardo Bruera, M.D. is the Clinical Medical Director and Department Chair of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He also holds the F.T. McGraw Chair in the Treatment of Cancer at The University of Texas. Bruera has been interested in the development of palliative care programs internationally, particularly in the developing world where he helped in the establishment of numerous palliative care programs in the Latin American region, India, and throughout Europe. Bruera served as President of the International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care for a period of four years ending in January 2006. He established the first academic fellowship in palliative care at the University of Alberta in Canada and one of the first academic palliative care fellowships in the United States at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. He obtained his M.D. from the University of Rosario, in Argentina. He trained in Medical Oncology and relocated to the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada where he directed the clinical and academic palliative care programs until 1999.

Msgr. Charles J. Fahey
Fordham University

Charles J. Fahey, M.S.W., M.Div. is a Program Officer with the Milbank Memorial Fund and a Priest of the Diocese of Syracuse, New York. He previously served as an aging studies professor in the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services. He was also a member of the National Commission on Quality in Long Term Care. He founded the Third Age Center at Fordham University in 1979. Msgr. Fahey was a charter member of the Federal Council on Aging serving under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter. He was a spokesperson for the Holy See at the 1982 World Assembly on Aging (Vienna) and served in leadership roles for the 1971, 1981, 1995, and was a delegate to the 2005 White House Conferences on Aging. He has served as board member and president of Catholic Charities USA, the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, and the American Society on Aging. He served as a board member of the Catholic Health Association, the Daughters of Charity National Health System (Ascension), the Sisters of Mercy Health Care System, and the Volunteers of America. He is currently a board member of ArchCare, the continuing care community of the Archdiocese of New York and the immediate past chair and board member of the National Council on the Aging. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Syracuse, New York, and earned his Master of Social Work degree from Catholic University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Pamela S. Hinds
Children's National Medical Center

Pamela Hinds, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN is Director of the Department of Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes and Associate Director of the Center for Clinical Translational Science at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She has expertise in the care of children with cancer and in developing effective team care to meet immediate and long-term needs of children and their families. Her research focuses on decision-making in pediatric oncology, coping and adolescents, the good parent concept in end-of-life care, and the experience of pediatric oncology nurses. She was the founding Director of the Division of Nursing Research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where she led the nursing research program for more than two decades. Dr. Hinds currently serves on the National Cancer Institute Symptom and Quality of Life Scientific Committee and is Co-director of the Patient-Reported Outcomes (PRO) Resource Center for the Children’s Oncology Group. She is a member of the National Institute of Nursing Research Ad Hoc Evaluation Advisory Committee for End-of-life and Palliative Care Science: a Needs Assessment of Federal and Private Research Funding Trends, Project Grants, and National Research Priorities. She also served on the National Quality Forum’s panel on palliative and end-of-life care in America. Dr. Hinds received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from the University of Vermont, Burlington and her M.S.N. in Psychiatric Nursing (summa cum laude) and Ph.D. in Clinical Nursing Research from the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Dr. Karla F.C. Holloway
Duke University

Karla F.C. Holloway, Ph.D., M.L.S., M.A. is James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University. She also holds appointments in the Law School, Women's Studies, and African & African American Studies. She has been an affiliated faculty member with the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life and the Trent Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. Her research and teaching interests focus on African American cultural studies, biocultural studies, gender, ethics and law. Dr. Holloway serves on the Greenwall Foundation's Advisory Board in Bioethics and the Princeton University Council on the Study of Women and Gender. She is the author of more than 50 essays and eight books, including Passed On: African-American Mourning Stories (2002) and Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender & a Cultural Bioethics (2011). She has held fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio Residency) and the Ford Foundation (DuBois Institute, Harvard University). Dr. Holloway was recently elected to the Hastings Center Fellows Association, a selective group of leading researchers who have made a distinguished contribution to the field of bioethics. She holds a M.L.S. from Duke University School of Law, and a M.A. and Ph.D. (English/Linguistics) from Michigan State University.

Ms. Naomi Karp
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Naomi Karp, J.D. is a Policy Advisor at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Office for Financial Protection for Older Americans, where she works on a range of issues including financial exploitation, financial education, retirement and long-term planning, and the particular needs of older women. From 2005 to 2011, Ms. Karp was a Senior Strategic Policy Advisor at AARP’s Public Policy Institute. She conducted research, developed policy positions, and supported advocacy efforts regarding elder abuse, guardianship, advance care planning, end-of-life care, probate, voting rights, and other legal rights issues. Her recent studies include protecting investors with diminished capacity, guardianship residential decision-making, state implementation of the POLST protocol for advanced illness care, power of attorney abuse, guardianship monitoring practices, and criminal background check screening in home care. Before joining AARP, she served as an Associate Staff Director for the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging. Ms. Karp has held a number of memberships, including on the Elder Justice Working Group, the Federal Partners Group of the National Council on Aging, the Department of Justice’s Project Advisory Group for Elder Justice Roadmap Project, and the Ethics Committee of Washington Home and Hospices. She completed her undergraduate studies in English at the University of Michigan, and holds a J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law.

Dr. Jean S. Kutner
University of Colorado

Jean Kutner, M.D., M.S.P.H. is Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of General Internal Medicine (GIM), Geriatric Medicine, and Health Care Policy and Research at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She was the founding Director of the University of Colorado Hospital Palliative Care Consult Service; she continues to attend on this service and cares for internal medicine patients at University Internal Medicine Lowry. She developed the Population-based Palliative Care Research Network (PoPCRN) and is Co-Chair of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC), a National Institute of Nursing Research-funded palliative care cooperative trials group. These national networks of organizations providing palliative care facilitate conduct of multi-site studies of hospice and palliative care, addressing operational as well as clinical issues. Dr. Kutner received her M.D. from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and completed residency training in internal medicine at UCSF. She completed a National Research Service Award (NRSA) primary care research fellowship, earning an M.S.P.H. degree with honors, and a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the University of Colorado Denver.

Dr. Bernard Lo
Greenwall Foundation

Bernard Lo, M.D. is President of The Greenwall Foundation, whose mission is supporting bioethics research and young researchers in bioethics. He has been Director of the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program since 2001. He is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Director Emeritus of the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Lo serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs and on the Medical Advisory Panel of Blue Cross/Blue Shield. From 1996 to 2001, he served as a member of the National Bioethics Advisory Committee. From 1997 to 2001, he chaired the expert panel convened by the American College of Physicians to develop clinical, ethical and policy recommendations regarding care near the end of life. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and previously served as chair of the Health Policy Board and as a member of the IOM council. He chaired an IOM committee Conflicts of Interest in Medical Research, Education, and Practice. Dr. Lo developed a course on responsible conduct of research that 120 UCSF postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty take each year, and is author of Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: A Guide for Clinicians (4th ed., 2010) and of Ethical Issues in Clinical Research (2010). He is a graduate of Stanford University Medical School, did his residency at both the University of California Los Angeles and Stanford, and completed a fellowship at Stanford as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.

Dr. Salimah Meghani
University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing

Salimah H. Meghani, Ph.D., M.B.E., RN, FAAN is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is also core member of the New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health and an Associate Fellow of the Center for Bioethics at University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on understanding and addressing sources of disparities in pain treatment among vulnerable populations. Dr. Meghani serves as Vice-Chair of the American Pain Society's Pain Disparities Special Interest Group. She also serves on the editorial board of Pain Medicine, the official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Dr. Meghani is on the board of directors of the Foundation for Ethics in Pain Care, a non-profit entity invested in improving pain care through education, research and advocacy. She was appointed by Pennsylvania Department of Aging on a statewide Task Force for Improving Quality at the End of Life for Pennsylvanians. Dr. Meghani was also selected as a Fellow of the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health Minority Investigators' Workshop in Behavioral Methodologies. She was conferred a B.S.N. degree by the Aga Khan University Karachi, Pakistan and earned her M.S.N. in Adult Acute Care, M.B.E. in Biomedical Ethics, and Ph.D. in Nursing/Health Disparities at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Center for Health Disparities Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Dr. Diane Meier
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Diane E. Meier, M.D. is Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization devoted to increasing the number and quality of palliative care programs in the United States. She is also the Vice Chair for Public Policy at the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute where she previously served as Director for twelve years; Professor of Geriatrics and Internal Medicine; and Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Dr. Meier has over 200 peer review publications and edited the first textbook on geriatric palliative care, four editions of Geriatric Medicine and most recently Palliative Care: Transforming the Care of Serious Illness. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School. She completed her residency and fellowship training at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.

Mr. William D. Novelli
Georgetown University

Bill Novelli, M.A. is a professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He teaches in the MBA program and has created and leads the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at the School. He is also Co-Chair of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), a national organization dedicated to reforming advanced illness care by empowering consumers, changing the health care delivery system, improving public policies, and enhancing provider capacity. From 2001 to 2009, he was CEO of AARP, a membership organization of over 40 million people 50 and older. Prior to AARP, Mr. Novelli was President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, whose mandate is to change public policies and the social environment, limit tobacco companies’ marketing and sales practices to children, and serve as a counterforce to the tobacco industry and its special interests. He now serves as chairman of the board. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of CARE, the world’s largest private relief and development organization. Earlier, Mr. Novelli co-founded and was President of Porter Novelli, now one of the world’s largest public relations agencies. Porter Novelli was founded to apply marketing to social and health issues, and grew into an international marketing/public relations agency with corporate, not-for-profit and government clients. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication.

Dr. Stephen G. Pauker
Tufts University School of Medicine

Stephen G. Pauker, M.D. is Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center and a faculty member of the Department of Medicine's Division of Clinical Decision Making, Informatics and Telemedicine at Tufts Medical Center. His research has focused on the application of decision analysis to clinical problems, cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses, and medical informatics. His current interests include health policy and guidelines for cardiac disease, utility acquisition and comparison of health status measurement, expert systems for decision support in cardiovascular disease, inference and support of individual patient's decisions in genetics, neonatal screening programs, and decision analysis software. He is a longstanding member of the medical center’s ethics committee. Dr. Pauker is a member of the Institute of Medicine, Association of American Physicians, and of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He is a past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making, now serving as its historian. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, the American College of Cardiology, The American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis of which he is currently President. He is also President of the American Board of Medical Hypnosis. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and completed his post-graduate training at Boston City Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Medical Hypnosis.

Ms. Judith R. Peres
Independent Consultant

Judith R. Peres, M.S.W. is currently an expert consultant in the areas of long term care and palliative end-of-life care at Altarum Institute's Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness. Her career spans over four decades in both Medicare and Medicaid health policy as well as direct clinical work. She maintains a private practice as a clinical social worker serving Medicare beneficiaries. Ms. Peres recently worked for five years with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Assistant Secretary’s Office for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) to develop the Report to Congress on Advance Care Planning. Previously, she was the Vice President for Policy & Advocacy of the former Last Acts Partnership and Deputy Director of Last Acts National Program Office, funded by Robert Wood Johnson to improve care and caring near the end of life. In those roles she developed major policy pieces speaking to the need to improve end-of-life care in this country. Prior to her appointment at Last Acts, she served as Director of Health Policy for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, specializing in quality, reimbursement, and workforce issues. In addition, she had a distinguished career in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and financing policy for HHS. Her clinical practice also included Employee Assistance Program work for the Sheppard Pratt Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, and work as a practicing psychotherapist for Kaiser Permanent with a specialty in cognitive behavioral therapy and mind/body health. Ms. Peres has a Master in Social Work from the University of Maryland and additional training at the Mind/Body Institute in Washington, DC and in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York.

Mr. Leonard D. Schaeffer
University of Southern California

Leonard D. Schaeffer is currently the Judge Robert Maclay Widney Chair and Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) and a Senior Advisor to TPG Capital, a private equity firm. Schaeffer was Chairman and CEO of WellPoint from 1992 through 2004 and continued as Chairman through 2005. He was CEO of WellPoint’s predecessor company, Blue Cross of California. Previously, he served as President and CEO of Group Health, Inc., Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Student Loan Marketing Association (Sallie Mae), and as a Vice President of Citibank. Mr. Schaeffer has had appointments as Administrator of the federal Health Care Financing Administration (now Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services); Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget of the federal Department of Health, Education and Welfare; Director of the Bureau of the Budget for the State of Illinois; Chairman of the Illinois Capital Development Board; and Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Mental Health. He serves on the boards of various companies and organizations, including Amgen Inc., The Brookings Institution, Harvard Medical School, RAND Corporation, Quintiles Transnational Corporation, and the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, which he established in 2009. Mr. Schaeffer is a graduate of Princeton University and was the Regent’s Lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley and a Gilbert Fellow at Princeton.

Ms. W. June Simmons
Partners in Care Foundation

W. June Simmons, M.S.W. is the founding President and CEO of Partners in Care Foundation, formerly the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Los Angeles, a non-profit foundation which develops and tests health services innovations and works to assure access to home and community care. In this role, she develops initiatives and proactive programs, which meet the mutual needs of patient populations, providers, and health care delivery networks to encourage cost-effective, patient-friendly integration of care from hospital to home and community. Previously, she worked as an Associate Hospital Administrator at Huntington Memorial Hospital, and before that was Founding Director of Senior Care Network. Ms. Simmons is just completing a term as a member of the National Advisory Council to the National Institute on Aging. Among other professional memberships and experiences, she has contributed her expertise by serving on the Leadership Council of the National Council on Aging, the Executive Committee and National Board of the American Society on Aging, the Advisory Board and Mentor Panel of the Practice Change Fellows. She is a founding member of the national Evidence Based Leadership Council and was founding Chair of the National Chronic Care Consortium. In addition, Ms. Simmons has served on several local technical committees, panels and advisory boards including the L.A. County Long Term Care Strategic Planning Team, the Board of Councilors of USC School of Social Work (Chair), the Federal Hispanic Elders Project, and the USC Roybal Institute. She holds an M.S.W. from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Joan Teno
Brown University School of Medicine

Joan Teno, M.D., M.S. is a Professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice; Associate Director of the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at the Brown Medical School; and is also an Associate Medical Director at Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island. She is a board-certified internist with added qualification in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Teno's research has focused on measuring and evaluating interventions to improve the quality of medical care for seriously ill and dying patients. She led the effort in the design of the Study to Understand Prognoses and Preferences for Outcomes and Risks of Treatments (SUPPORT) intervention analysis and was lead author in twelve publications from that research effort, which ranged from the role of advance directives to describing the dying experience of seriously ill and older adults. She was the lead investigator in a research effort to create a Toolkit of Instruments to Measure Care at the End of Life (TIME). She is a lead investigator in a program project grant and research that is examining health care transitions and the use of feeding tubes in persons with advanced cognitive impairment. Dr. Teno is a graduate of Hahnemann Medical University. She completed her internal medicine residency at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence and fellowships in geriatric medicine and health services research in gerontology at Brown University. Also from Brown, she received her M.S. in community health with a specialty in gerontology and chronic disease epidemiology.

Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil
University of California, Los Angeles

Fernando Torres-Gil, Ph.D. is a Professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), an Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at the University of Southern California, and Director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging. He has served as Associate Dean and Acting Dean at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, and most recently as Chair of the Social Welfare Department. His research focuses on topics such as health and long-term care, disability, entitlement reform, and the politics of aging. Dr. Torres-Gil was appointed to the Federal Council on Aging by President Jimmy Carter in 1978 and later selected as a White House Fellow and served under Joseph Califano, then Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). He continued as a Special Assistant to the subsequent Secretary of HEW, Patricia Harris. He was appointed (with Senate Confirmation) by President Bill Clinton as the first-ever U.S. Assistant Secretary on Aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2010, he was appointed (with Senate Confirmation) by President Barack Obama as Vice Chair of the National Council on Disability. He has written six books and over 100 publications, including The New Aging: Politics and Change in America (1992). Dr. Torres-Gil earned his A.A. in Political Science at Hartnell Community College (1968), a B.A. with honors in Political Science from San Jose State University (1970), and an M.S.W. (1972) and Ph.D. (1976) in Social Policy, Planning and Research from the Heller Graduate School in Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Dr. James Tulsky
Duke University

James A. Tulsky, M.D. is Professor of Medicine and Nursing and Chief of Duke Palliative Care. His research focuses on provider-patient communication, quality of life at the end of life, trajectories of patient experience, and the evaluation of interventions to improve the care of patients with serious illness. Previously, he was a Project on Death in America Faculty Scholar, a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar, and received a VA Health Services Research Career Development Award. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Palliative Medicine, is a Director of the Greenwall Foundation and sits on numerous national panels and committees. In 2002, he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and in 2006 he received the American Academy on Hospice and Palliative Medicine Award for Research Excellence. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine, and completed both his residency in internal medicine and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Christian T. Sinclair
Gentiva Health Services

Christian Sinclair, M.D., FAAHPM is National Hospice Medical Director at Gentiva Health Services. He leads physician support, education and compliance for the North Central region of Gentiva Hospice. He has provided hospice and palliative care in nursing facilities, homes, hospitals, clinics and stand-alone hospice units. Dr. Sinclair is serving his second term on the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine board of directors and has experience as a palliative medicine fellowship director. He is the editor of the website Pallimed (, which discusses important research and media articles related to hospice and palliative care. He is very active in social media for health care professionals, utilizing Facebook, Twitter and other platforms to increase awareness of hospice and palliative care. Dr. Sinclair received his M.D. from the University of California, San Diego and completed internal medicine residency training at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He completed his fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at the Hospice and Palliative CareCenter in Winston-Salem, NC.

Committee Membership Roster Comments
Note: There has been a change in committee membership with the appointment of Christian Sinclair effective 02/15/2013.