2019-2020 AAHPM Board of Directors
Joanne Wolfe, MD MPH FAAHPM (2019-2020)
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
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 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.
- 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
Rodney O. Tucker, MD MMM FAAHPM (2019-2020)
UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care
Rodney O. Tucker, MD MMM is Director and Christine S. Ritchie, MD Endowed Chair in Palliative Care Leadership of the Center for Palliative and Supportive Care at hthe University of Alabama at Birmingham. In this role, 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 fourteen years, 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 fourteen years. 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.
- 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)
Tara C. Friedman, MD FAAHPM (2018-2019)
Dr. Friedman is HPM fellowship trained and board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She serves as Senior Medical Director of Aspire Health, providing clinical leadership for Aspire's research, advocacy, orientation and training, and clinical projects. She also serves as the lead physician for Aspire's Mid-Atlantic market, guiding the clinical care of community-dwelling patients with serious illness across the Philadelphia area, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and DC.
Before joining Aspire, Dr. Friedman spent 10 years working at the full time medical director of a large urban hospice program and five years as the medical director of national palliative care practice, developing hospital-based consultative services. She is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine.
- 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
Holly Yang, MD MSHPEd HMDC FACP FAAHPM (2019-2020)
Scripps Health Inpatient Providers Medical Group
San Diego, CA
Dr. Yang provides hospice and palliative care services in the Scripps Health system. She has taught medical and interdisciplinary trainees in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) both in the US and internationally. She serves as the HPM Fellowship Program Co-Director at Scripps Mercy Hospital for the UCSD/Scripps HPM Fellowship Program. 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 advocacy for HPM patients and the field.
- Member since 2003
- Board of Directors, Member (2013-2019)
- Ascend - AAHPM Leadership Forum, small group navigator (2015, 2018)
- Co-editor HMD Regulatory Module (2015)
- HPM Curricular Milestones/EPAs Workgroup, Member (2014-2019)
- Workforce and Leadership SCC, Member (2014-2018)
- Workforce Committee, Chair (2014-2018)
- Service of Remembrance Planning Committee (2014-2015)
- Innovative Fellowship Models Workgroup, Member (2013)
- Co-editor HMDC PREP (2013-2014)
- Education and Training SCC, Member (2012-2013)
- Clinical Education Committee, Chair (2012-2013)
- Clinical Education Committee, Member (2009-2012)
- Co-editor of HPM FAST 1st and 2nd editions (2008-2012)
- Co-editor of the HPM PASS 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions (2007-2016)
- AAHPM LEAD participant (2009-2011)
- Annual Assembly concurrent session/pre-course workshop presenter (2010-2011, 2014-2017, 2019)
- Hospice Medical Director Forum presenter (2011)
- Fellowship Program Summit presenter (2010-2011)
Disclosures: VitalTalk Partner
Tammie E. Quest, MD FAAHPM (2019-2020)
Emory Palliative Care Center
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.
- Diversity and Inclusion Committee, co-chair: 2013-2017
- Nominating Committee, member: 2015
- Capitol Hill Day, participant
- Special Interest Group (SIG), memberships: Emergency Medicine, Physician Assistants
- Annual Assembly Presentations - multiple original research and education presentations; focus on quality, pain and symptom management, emergency care, diveristy and inclusion, unconscious bias, African-Americans, and EOL
Chief Medical Officer
Joe Rotella, MD MBA HMDC FAAHPM
Joe Rotella served as Chief Medical Officer for Hosparus, a community-based hospice in Louisville, KY for 15 years. During his tenure, he helped establish hospice inpatient units, palliative care consultation services, and a palliative medicine fellowship. Heeding a call to leadership and innovation, Rotella earned an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville. His work with the Academy includes serving on the Quality and Practice Standards Committee, Choosing Wisely Task Force and co-chairing the AAHPM and HPNA Measuring What Matters initiative and the AAHPM Hospice Medical Director Conference.
Joe knew he was bound for medicine when he entered college, but majored in English because he believed medicine belongs as much to the humanities as to the sciences. During his 12 years practicing primary care internal medicine in rural New Hampshire, he witnessed significant suffering in his sickest patients and their families and dedicated himself to finding ways to make their healthcare more human and compassionate. Rotella also founded an oncology support clinic at his local hospital and attended a seminar in England where he was inspired by the work of Dame Cicely Saunders.
- Ex-officio member of Board of Directors
- Former member of
- Fellowship Directors Forum
- Education & Training SCC
- Quality Practice Standards Task Force
Disclosures: Founder and sole member (owner) of Catalyst HPM, a healthcare consulting firm. Until October, 2014, was CMO of Hosparus, Inc. a non-profit hospice (full time employment).
Directors At Large
Elise C. Carey, MD (2018-2021)
Mayo Clinic Rochester
Bio to come.
- Coming soon
Vicki Jackson, MD MPH FAAHPM (2018-2021)
Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Jackson is the Chief of the Palliative Care Division at Massachusetts General Hospital and is the former Fellowship Director for the Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship. She completed training in palliative care at The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She joined the faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital in 2002 and pursued further research training in the Program for Cancer Outcomes Training. She was selected for the Harvard Academy Education Fellowship where her work focused on the development of end of life medical and communication curriculum which was the basis for the curriculum for the Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship. In 2009, she was selected as the Rabkin Fellow in Medical Education at The Beth Israel Hospital. Currently, she is the Palliative Care lead investigator for a grant funded by the National Institutes of Health investigating the effect of early ambulatory palliative care for patients with advanced cancer. Her work focuses on developing curricula to train others in the communication skills required to deliver this care. She spends much of her time developing, teaching, and evaluating palliative medicine curricula for medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty. Nationally she served as Co-Chair for an innovative 3 year academic leadership training program for junior palliative medicine faculty with American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She also served as the Co-Editor for a series devoted to the clinician-educator in The Journal of Palliative Medicine.
- Current member of the Academic Palliative Medicine TF
- Former member of the following committees and task forces:
- Fellowship Task Force
- Lead Development Task Force
Arif Kamal, MD MBA MHS FAAHPM (2018-2021)
Duke Cancer Institute
Bio to come.
- More to come.
Tammy Kang, MD FAAHPM (2019-2022)
Texas Children's Hospital
Bio to come.
- Coming soon
Chad Kollas, MD FACP FCLM FAAHPM (2017-2020)
UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health
Bio to come.
Dana Lustbader (2019-2022)
ProHEALTH, New York
Lake Success, NY
Bio to come.
- Coming soon
Thomas Smith, MD FAAHPM (2018-2021)
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Tom is a medical oncologist and palliative care specialist with a lifelong interest in better symptom management, open and accurate communication, and improving access to high quality affordable care. He is the Director of Palliative Medicine for Johns Hopkins Medicine, charged with integrating palliative care into all the Johns Hopkins venues. The hospital wide PC consult service sees over 1850 patients a year, runs multiple outpatient clinics, and has a growing research agenda with “Scrambler Therapy” for pain (Avon Foundation), peri-operative palliative care (PCORI), integrated palliative care for patients on Phase I drug trials (RO1), and communication. He used an ACS grant to study "ABH" gel for nausea, which led to the AAHPM Choosing Wisely statement and removal from most hospice formularies.
Dr. Smith has a long track record of starting innovative programs with concurrent evaluation of their impact on care and costs, including the Virginia Rural Cancer Outreach Program, the Thomas Palliative Care Program, the Virginia Initiative on Palliative Care, and the Rural Palliative Care Program, among others. They train 3-5 adult and pediatric HPM fellows yearly.
Dr. Smith received the national Humanism in Medicine Award in 2000, and twice was voted the VCU Distinguished Clinician. In 2012 Bruce Hillner and he received the ABIM “Professionalism” Prize for their NEJM article “Bending the Cost Curve in Cancer Care” and leading the “Choosing Wisely” initiatives for AAHPM and ASCO. In 2015 he received the national American Cancer Society Trish Greene award to a person who has “…devoted a significant portion of their careers to the various areas of quality of life, and have accomplished outstanding research that benefits cancer patients and their families.” In 2018, he was recognized as a Visionary in HPM.
- Industry Relations Advistory Group
- Former member of
- Research Committee
- Quality & Research SCC
Disclosures: Member of ASCO and co-chair of their CSF Growth Factor Guideline Panel, Neuropathy Guideline Panel, Lung Cancer Guideline Panel, recurrent Prostate Cancer Panel, Value of Cancer Care Task Force
Shaida Talebreza, MD HMDC FAAHPM AGSF (2018-2021)
University of Utah George E. Wahlen, Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bristol Hospice
Salt Lake City, UT
Dr. Shaida Talebreza is a board certified family physician, geriatrician, palliative care physician, and hospice medical director. She serves as Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Utah, Medical Director for Bristol Hospice (a training site for the University), and as a geriatrician and palliative care specialist for the George E. Wahlen, Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Talebreza works as a consultant and faculty member for the VA National Center for Ethics in Health Care Life-Sustaining Treatment Decisions Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to implement systematic and sustainable practices for ensuring that the values, goals, and life-sustaining treatment decisions of seriously ill Veterans are elicited, documented, and honored. Dr. Talebreza strives to promote geriatric palliative care education nationally. In addition to her AAHPM activities, she serves on the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Education Committee, and as the creator and project leader of the AGS Geriatrics Evaluation and Management Tools educational resource and clinical app. She is passionate about providing comprehensive, compassionate, evidence-based care to people with serious illness and educating and inspiring others to do this important work.
- Hospice Medical Director Leadership Council, member: 2016-present
- Education & Training SCC, member: 2016-present
- AAHPM/American Geriatric Society Collaborative Workgroup, member: 2014-present
- External Awareness Committee, member: 2013-2018
- Hospice Medical Director Education Committee, member: 2013-2018
- Annual Assembly Planning Committee, member: 2011-2015
- Hospice Medical Director Course, faculty and co-chair, 2012-2017
Disclosures: Bristol Hospice Advisory Board
Paul Tatum, MD MSPh CMD AGSF FAAHPM (2018-2021)
University of Missouri
Paul Tatum is a family physician, geriatrician, palliative care physician, and hospice medical director who sees patients in primary care ambulatory clinics, in hospital palliative care consults, in nursing homes and with hospice. He is fellowship director for HPM at the University of Missouri. He serves on the National Medical Directors Advisory Council of Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care. He dreams of the day when every American receives excellent palliative care and he strives to be an effective advocate for making comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary palliative care a reality.
- Public Policy Committee (2011-2015)
- Prior chair of State Health Policy Working Group (2013-2015)
- Founding co-chair of geriatrics SIG
- Member of the Development Task Force (2012-2014)
- Advocate for the Save Our Seat AMA retention program
- Participated in AAHPM Leadership in Education and Academic Development (LEAD) Program
- Member of the AAHPM/American Geriatrics Society collaboration group
- PC-FACS Senior Section Editor (2010-2012)
- Presenter at Annual Assembly and Board Review Courses and an Advocacy webinar
Ruth Thomson, DO MBA HMDC FACOI FAAHPM (2017-2020)
Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Bio to come.
- to come
Eric Widera, MD FAAHPM (2019-2022)
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Eric Widera is a clinician-educator in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California San Francisco. His main goal is to improve the care provided to elderly patients with severe chronic and/or terminal conditions through program development and educational innovations. Eric accomplishes this through various leadership roles, including Director of the Hospice & Palliative Care Service at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and Program Director for the Geriatrics Fellowship at UCSF. Eric received his medical school training at UCSF and his internal medicine training at Mount Sinai Hospital. He returned to UCSF to complete a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. He joined the faculty at UCSF in August of 2006. Since then, Eric has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA), the Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award, AAHPM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leaders Under 40 award, and the AAHPM PDIA Palliative Medicine National Leadership Award, and the AAHPM Visionary Award. He is also a co-founder of GeriPal, a Geriatrics and Palliative Care blog and podcast, as well as ePrognosis, an online set of prognostic calculators for the elderly.
- AAHPM member since 2007
- External Awareness Task Force, chair
- Choosing Wisely Task Force, member
- Advocacy & Awareness Strategic Coordinating Committee, member
- AAHPM & AGS Collaboration Committee, member
- Association and Section Editor for PC-FACS
- AAHPM Board Review Co-Chair
Donna Zhukovsky, MD FACP FAAHPM (2019-2022)
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Professor of Palliative Care at MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) and board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) and Medical Oncology, Dr. Zhukovsky has over 28 years of experience in HPM, starting before the formal inception of our specialty. An institutional leader of Advance Care Planning, the Psychosocial Council and former chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee, Dr. Zhukovsky maintains a strong focus on the provision of adult and pediatric clinical care, while conducting clinical trials and promoting evidence-based care in the field of Palliative Medicine through research, education and advocacy.
Nationally and internationally, she has played an active role on the NCI PDQ Supportive Care Board and has served as a palliative care grant reviewer for the ACS, NCI-Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute. First and foremost a clinician, Dr. Zhukovsky is the recipient of competitive research grants (American Cancer Society, MDACC institutional awards, industry) that have focused on pediatrics and advance care planning. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed papers, chapters and editorials, is the past Editor-in-Chief of PC FACS and has lectured extensively at AAHPM, ASCO, and in international venues including India and China. Through her efforts, Dr. Zhukovsky has impacted the development of a generation of AAHPM members and future HPM leaders.
- Member since 1990
- Membership & Communities SCC, Member (2010-2012)
- Research Committee, Member (2012-2014)
- Scientific Subcomittee, Member (2012-2014)
- Abstract Reviewer for Annual Assembly (2015)
- PC-FACS, Associate Editor (2005-2009)
- PC-FACS, Associate Editor in Chief (2009-2012)
- PC-FACS, Editor in Chief (2012-2017)
- Publications Committee, Member (2012-2017)
- Publications Committee, Chair (March 2018-present)
- Awards Committee, Member (2017-present)
- Presenter at multiple concurrent sessions at Annual Assembly since 1999
AAHPM's Chief Medical Officer sat down with some of our past presidents to talk about their year as president. Listen to their stories with the links below.
2017: Janet Bull, MD MBA HMDC FAAHPM (interview)
2016: Christian Sinclair, MD FAAHPM (interview)
2015: Christine Ritchie, MD MSPH FACP FAAHPM (interview)
2014: Jean S. Kutner, MD MSPH FAAHPM (interview)
2013: Amy P. Abernethy, MD PhD FACP FAAHPM
2012: Timothy E. Quill, MD FACP FAAHPM (interview)
2011: Ronald J. Crossno, MD FAAFP FAAHPM (interview)
2010: R. Sean Morrison, MD FAAHPM (interview)
2009: Gail Austin Cooney, MD FAAHPM HMDC (interview)
2008: Russell K. Portenoy, MD
2007: J. Cameron Muir, MD FAAHPM (interview)
2006: Ron S. Schonwetter, MD FAAHPM (interview)
2005: Robert M. Arnold, MD FAAHPM (interview)
2004: James Cleary, MD (interview)
2003: David M. McGrew, MD FAAHPM (interview)
2002: Martha Twaddle, MD FAAHPM FACP (interview)
2001: John W. Finn, MD FAAHPM
2000: Carla S. Alexander, MD FAAHPM (interview)
1999: Michael H. Levy, MD PhD (interview)
1998: Walter Forman, MD FAAHPM
1997: Ira Byock, MD FAAHPM (interview)
1996: Laurel Herbst, MD (interview)
1995: Charles Sasser, MD FAAHPM FACD (interview)
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
AAHPM Past Executive Vice President
2004-2015: C. Porter Storey, Jr., MD FACP FAAHPM (interview)