AAHPM Leadership Forum: Ascend Faculty and Navigators
Todd R. Coté MD HMDC FAAHPM FAAFPTodd R. Coté MD HMDC FAAHPM FAAFP, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine and the Program Director for the University of Kentucky Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. He is the Chief Medical Officer of Bluegrass Care Navigators.
He is board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine and holds Fellow status in both Academies. His career has spanned hospice and palliative medicine practice in four states and he is also a palliative medicine specialist in the Republic of Ireland and New Zealand. Previously he has served as Chief Medical Officer of The Connecticut Hospice, the first hospice in the United States. Dr. Coté is the appointed chairman of the AAHPM Hospice Medical Director Council and has been chairman of the Hospice Medical Director Education Committee and served on several Academy committees. He has held other academic teaching positions in HPM at Yale University School of Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. Coté is the co-editor of The Hospice Medical Director Manual. While practicing in California, Dr. Coté was awarded the “California Family Physician of the Year” Award in 1995 and in 2011, the “Pioneer Award” from the State of Kentucky for his contribution to innovation in the delivery of hospice and palliative medicine.
Darryl HarrisDarryl Harris has 35 years of experience helping organizations and individuals improve their effectiveness. Upon moving to the United States in 2001, Darryl has worked closely with The Carroll-Keller Group. He became a partner of the group in 2010.
He has delivered results in the medical, manufacturing, insurance, medical insurance, banking, finance, technology, services, utilities, government and local government and retail industries as well as many associations, such as American Student Dental Association, American Society of Anesthesiologists, and American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and National Association of Realtors. Darryl has also worked closely with the Association Management Center where AAHPM is managed. Darryl was CEO of the largest training company in South Africa which was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. He then started Connemara Consulting in South Africa before selling it and relocating to the USA. He has worked on five continents with clients including VW, DeBeers, Multitone, Standard Bank, Liberty Life, and Inland Real Estate working with CEO's to general staff level. His undergraduate degrees in education, communications, and psychology, as well as 35 years of real world experience in a cross section of business disciplines on a global scale have prepared this “dynamo” well for his role in successfully empowering, training, and coaching others.
Katie Neuendorf, MDKatie Neuendorf, MD, earned her medical degree from The Medical College of Ohio and completed residency training in internal medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She then pursued hospice and palliative medicine fellowship training at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Dr. Neuendorf joined the Cleveland Clinic’s Palliative Medicine and Supportive Oncology Section directly out of fellowship. Dr. Neuendorf has been a member of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication (CEHC) leadership team since 2013, first as the director of resident education and then as the Medical Director in 2015. CEHC led an institution wide initiative to train all of its clinicians in relationship-centered communication in 2013. This work is ongoing and more than 7,000 individuals have been trained by CEHC faculty to date. Dr. Neuendorf is responsible for a leadership team of 8 individuals and more than 90 trained clinician facilitators to continue to inspire a culture of health and healing through relationships across the Cleveland Clinic enterprise. Dr. Neuendorf has given numerous presentations and workshops to both a national and international audience on relationship-centered communication. She is also an associate editor for the Journal of Palliative Care and the current Chair of AAHPM’s Leadership and Career Development Committee. It is her continued work in communication and palliative care that led AAHPM to name her an Inspiring Leader Under 40.
Drew A. Rosielle, MD FAAHPMDrew A. Rosielle, MD FAAHPM, is the medical director of the University of Minnesota Health Palliative Care Program and the program director of the University of Minnesota’s Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship from 2010-2018. He practices mostly ambulatory palliative medicine in Minneapolis for Fairview Health Services, and is board-certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.
Dr. Rosielle attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN and then completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado in Denver, CO. He completed a palliative medicine fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Rosielle’s interests are in promoting evidence-based medicine in palliative care, and helping health professionals communicate with empathy and clarity. He is an editor of Fast Facts and Concepts, an online series of short, peer-reviewed, palliative care monographs. He is the founding editor of Pallimed, an award winning palliative care blog, is on the editorial board of the Journal of Palliative Medicine, and has lectured widely on evidence-based palliative care and communication. Dr. Rosielle is a faculty member for the Center to Advance Palliative Care’s Palliative Care Leadership Centers, Vitaltalk, as well as a Serious Illness Care & REDE to Communicate facilitator. He is the recipient of the 2009 AAHPM Leadership Award and a 2012 Hastings Center Cuniff-Dixon early-career physician award.
Laura Shoemaker, DO MSLaura Shoemaker, DO MS, is a palliative medicine specialist at Cleveland Clinic. She was appointed Director of Palliative Medicine at Cleveland Clinic in February 2017. Dr. Shoemaker graduated from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency and palliative medicine fellowship training at Cleveland Clinic.
She is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and internal medicine. Dr. Shoemaker is the holder if the Harry R. Horvitz Endowed Chair for Palliative Medicine, as well as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Shoemaker’s special interests include symptom management, relationship-centered communication, end-of-life care, narrative medicine, medical education, and business operations. She was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and resides there with her husband, 2 children, and Beagle (Bosco).
K. Ellissa Tiller, MD CPE FAAHPM
K. Ellissa Tiller, MD CPE FAAHPM, has served as Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs HopeWest, since December, 2016. HopeWest is a non-profit, rural, community hospice and palliative care organization which cares for over 600 patients in western Colorado. Dr. Tiller is Board Certified in hospice and palliative medicine and internal medicine and is a Fellow of the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
She graduated from the University of Queensland School of Medicine in Australia in 1990, and worked as a country family practitioner until she moved to Virginia in 1997. She completed an internal medicine residency through the University of Virginia and then worked as a traditional rural internist and a community hospitalist. She was the founding Medical Director of the palliative care program in Harrisonburg, Virginia, which started in 2010, and also served as the Medical Director of Sentara Hospice in Harrisonburg. Dr. Tiller is certified as a Physician Executive, and received the Donnelly Award for best all-round internist (2000) as well as the Rockingham Memorial Hospital Golden Stethoscope Award for excellence in patient care, customer service, communication and teamwork (2011). Dr. Tiller is passionate about teaching, encouragement and accountability.
Rodney O. Tucker, MD MMMRodney O. Tucker, MD MMM, currently serves as the Director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Palliative and Supportive Care. Dr. Tucker graduated from UAB in 1984 and again from medical school at UAB in 1989, subsequently entering the internal medicine residency program at Carraway Methodist Medical Center.
Dr. Tucker is board certified in internal medicine, as well as hospice and palliative medicine. After a successful career in private practice and working with a regional provider of home care and hospice services, Dr. Tucker returned to his alma mater in 2002. Since that time, he has been actively engaged in the development of one of the most comprehensive clinical, educational and research programs in palliative care in the US. Dr. Tucker also completed his Masters in Medical Management at the University of Southern California in the Marshall School of Business in 2009. In 2011, he assumed a leadership role in the UAB Medicine Reaching for Excellence culture renovation initiative as part of the Academic Medical Center of the 21st Century strategic plan and served as the Chief Experience Officer for UAB Medicine from 2013-2018. In that role Dr. Tucker worked with stakeholders numbering over 14,000 in Alabama’s largest employer in the practice of evidence-based leadership and enhancing the patient experience in the setting of a changing healthcare environment. He has been serving as Director of the UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care since 2013. In February 2016, Dr. Tucker was appointed as the first holder of the Christine S. Ritchie, M.D., Endowed Chair in Palliative Care Leadership at UAB.
Martha L. Twaddle, MD DC HMDC FACP FAAHPM
Martha L. Twaddle, MD DC HMDC FACP FAAHPM, currently serves as the Medical Director for Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care at Northwestern Medicine - Lake Forest Hospital. Her academic work includes developing curriculum, guidelines and models of care for healthcare professionals to provide care for the seriously ill in all settings.
In addition, at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, she works with teams that are evaluating the impact of communication skills training on healthcare culture along with creating and testing systems of care for seriously ill people and their families across settings of care. On behalf of AAHPM, Dr. Twaddle serves as the Co-Chair for the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, which is revising the clinical practice guidelines for the field. In 2013, she was named one of the 30 most influential visionaries in hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Twaddle served on the AAHPM Board of Directors, 1997-2004, and as President, 2002-2003. She was honored with the inaugural AAHPM Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award in 2005. Dr. Twaddle was recognized in 2016 as a Distinguished Alumni of Purdue’s College of Science and “an exemplary educator and pioneering contributor to end-of-life care” as the recipient of the Compassion in Action Award by Hospice of the Valley and Santa Clara University in 2015. Dr. Twaddle received her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine through Northwestern University McGaw School of Medicine. She currently serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.
Holly Yang, MD MSHPEd HMDC FACP FAAHPM
Holly Yang, MD MSHPEd HMDC FACP FAAHPM, is the Director of Community-Based Palliative Care for Scripps Health and serves as Co-Director for the UCSD/Scripps Health Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship program. She is a member of the Board of Directors for AAHPM, and is the AAHPM board representative to the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board.
She is immediate past chair of the Workforce Advisory Group. She has held a variety of roles at AAHPM, and currently serves as a member of the EPAs/Curricular Milestones Workgroup. She also is part of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Milestones Working Group for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Yang is the Secretary of the San Diego County Medical Society, Vice-Chair of the California Medical Association’s (CMA) Council of Membership, Governance, and Bylaws, and is an Alternate Delegate from the CMA to the American Medical Association House of Delegates. She is a Vitaltalk faculty member and partner, a Returning Scholar at various Harvard Macy Institute programs, and faculty at Upaya’s Being with Dying program. She loves to teach, surf, garden, and travel.