AAHPM Leadership Forum: Ascend Faculty and Navigators
Meet the leaders that guided, inspired, and excited our attendees of the Ascend program.
Kristin Edwards, MD FACP CPE FAAHPMKristin Edwards, MD FACP CPE FAAHPM, has served as the Medical Director of Palliative Care at YNHHS—Bridgeport Hospital since 2014. Under her leadership, the program has grown from two people to an inpatient consult service staffed with a full Interdisciplinary team (1MD, 3NP, 1 Chaplain, 1 SW) and outpatient clinic (with 1MD, 1 RN, 0.5 SW, 0.5 Chaplain).
She has served as the Chairperson of the Ethics Committee, Clinician Lead for the Schwartz Rounds Program, and the Chairperson for the Medical Staff Wellness Committee, as well as representing the palliative care program in a multiple other committees and clinical programs. For AAHPM, she is the founding chairperson for the Comprehensive Clinician Wellness Forum. Dr. Edwards received her BA in psychology from Williams College, MD from UCLA School of Medicine, and completed her HPM fellowship at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, NY. She has pursued additional leadership training including a Health Care Educational Leadership Fellowship through Keck-USC School of Medicine and the Certified Physician Executive tract through American Association of Physician Leaders. Prior to her HPM fellowship, Dr. Edwards’ experience included work as a hospitalist and as the medical director of a 400 member independent physician association in California responsible for over 50,000 patient lives. Most recently, Dr. Edwards has completed a 125 hour International Coach Federation approved training program, and plans to implement these skills to serve the professional development needs of those across multiple sites within her institution.
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.
She joined 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 from 2015-2018. CEHC leads institutional initiatives to train clinicians in relationship-centered communication and to inspire a culture of health and healing through relationships. This work is ongoing and more than 8,000 individuals have been trained by CEHC faculty to date. Dr. Neuendorf transitioned from formal leadership in CEHC and as Cleveland Clinic’s Associate Chief Experience Officer to bring her experience back to her palliative medicine program. Her current title is the Associate Program Director for Palliative Medicine where she has a role in elevating professional development and meaningful initiatives. Dr. Neuendorf has given numerous presentations and workshops to both a national and international audience on relationship-centered communication and leadership. She is 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.
Kevin D. Nguyen, MD FAAHPMKevin D. Nguyen, MD FAAHPM, is the Chief of the Department of Palliative Medicine with The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG), Kaiser Permanente East Bay.He earned his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and trained in the primary care internal medicine track at UCSF School of Medicine.
He completed his training in palliative medicine at the Harvard HPM fellowship program and trained at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. As Chief, he directs the East Bay palliative medicine program and leads a robust interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, chaplains, and social workers. He also leads Kaiser Permanente’s Life Care Planning program for the East Bay. Life Care Planning is Kaiser Permanente’s population-based program that provides tailored advance are planning services to all Kaiser Permanente members. Dr. Nguyen is passionate about relationship-centered communication and serves as faculty with VitalTalk, and Vital Conversations – TPMG’s program for serious illness communication training for physicians. He has led courses or participated in training many Bay Area physicians in relationship-centered communication both with The Permanente Medical Group and with the Bay Area VitalTalk Hub. In recognition of his work in relationship-centered communication, he was a recipient of the 2018 Kaiser Permanente East Bay John R. Loftus, MD Award for Excellence and Innovation in Medical Education. Dr. Nguyen is also passionate about supporting leadership development for leaders on this team. He is currently a Hearst AAHPM Leadership Scholar and serves as a member on AAHPM’s Leadership and Career Development Committee.
Tammie E. Quest, MD FAAHPMTammie E. Quest, MD FAAHPM, is the Director of the Emory Palliative Care Center for Emory’s Woodruff Health Science Center. She is professor in the department of emergency medicine, and division of geriatrics and gerontology at the Emory University School of Medicine and board certified in emergency medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.
Dr. Quest is a Project on Death in American Faculty Scholar. Currently, she serves as the Chief of the Section of Palliative Medicine at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and is the former Director of the Grady Cancer Center for Excellence Palliative Care Oncology Program. She holds a strong interest in novel palliative care curriculum design and teaching methodologies for both undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate medical trainees that she teaches locally, regionally, and nationally. Dr. Quest is the Director of the NCI sponsored Education in Palliative and End of Life Care-Emergency Medicine (EPEC-EM) Project. She serves a member of the National Priorities Partnership’s Palliative and End-of-Life Care Workgroup. With a strong interest in ethics and end-of-care care, she holds a core faculty appointment at the Emory University Center for Ethics and she is immediate past-Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and a member of the ethics committee for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and a member of the ethics committee for the American College of Emergency Physicians. In 2016, she was appointed by the Governor Nathan Deal to the Georgia Palliative Care and Quality Life Advisory Council. She is also the immediate Past President of AAHPM.
Steve R. Smith, MS CAE FAAMSE
Steve is best known for his life-long passion for working with older adults, is the CEO of AAHPM and a vice president of AMC client relations. He recognizes in his multifaceted role that strong relationships are key to an association’s success.
Steve uses a combination of his strengths—including strategy, communication and positivity—to ensure his AAHPM colleagues and AMC’s other executive directors are connected and well supported so they can guide their clients in achieving their missions. Steve sees his team as a group of diverse and talented individuals with unique assets and skills. Steve’s fascination for healthcare and aging started as a small child during visits with his great-grandmother in a nursing home and continued through high school and college, where he initiated visitation programs to local nursing care facilities. One of these programs still exists more than 30 years later. Steve turned his hobby into a career by earning a bachelor’s in public relations with a minor in gerontology before obtaining a master’s in organizational communication and aging services. Steve worked for the Alzheimer’s Association National Office and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation before joining his current team at AMC. As someone who truly lives his mission in working for AAHPM, he says, “It is an honor and a privilege to work with healthcare professionals who care so deeply for the most vulnerable and sickest patients day in and day out.” Steve is a certified association executive (CAE) and a fellow of the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE) where he currently serves as board president. He is a frequent speaker, facilitator, author and podcaster, covering a variety of topics related to governance, team-building, decision-making and strategic planning. Outside of AMC, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons, reading, skiing, and connecting with friends—both old and new.
Bethany C. Snider, MD HMDC FAAHPM
Bethany C. Snider, MD HMDC FAAHPM, is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Hosparus Health, a non-profit, community-based hospice and palliative medicine organization providing care to over 1400 patients daily. She also serves as hospice site director/adjunct faculty for the University of Louisville’s HPM fellowship.
Dr. Snider earned her medical degree from the University of Kentucky followed by residency training in internal medicine at the University of Kentucky, where she served as Chief Resident of the primary care track. She then pursued a HPM fellowship with Hospice of the Bluegrass (now Bluegrass Care Navigators). Dr. Snider joined Hosparus Health directly out of fellowship as Associate Medical Director and oversaw home hospice training for all fellows. She was first promoted to Senior Medical Director and then Chief Medical Officer in February of 2018. Dr. Snider’s special interests lie in outreach and education of the community along with development of novel programs to optimize the patient experience. She was recently named Most Admired Woman in Healthcare by Today’s Woman magazine, Adjunct Faculty of the Year by University of Louisville medical students, and Top 40 under 40 by Louisville Business First magazine. Dr. Snider serves as a member of the AAHPM Hospice Medicine Council Leadership Team. She was born and raised in Kentucky and lives there with her husband and two children.
Elisha Waldman, MD FAAHPMElisha Waldman, MD FAAHPM, was born in New York City and raised in Connecticut. After earning a BA in Religious Studies at Yale University he went on to get his MD in Tel Aviv. Following that he returned to New York, where he trained in general pediatrics at Mount Sinai Medical Center and pediatric hematology-oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he was Chief Fellow and recipient of an ASCO Young Investigator Award.
After completing fellowship he worked briefly in hematology-oncology at Yale, and then in 2007 moved to Israel, where he assumed responsibility for the pediatric sarcoma service at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. Through his work in Jerusalem he developed an increasing interest in pediatric palliative care, and in 2012 returned to Boston to complete an additional fellowship in pediatric HPM at Dana Farber Cancer Institute/ Children’s Hospital Boston. He remained on after fellowship for a short period to gain experience as a palliative care attending, and in September 2013 returned to Hadassah for a year to help develop pediatric palliative care services for the greater Jerusalem area. Most recently, Dr. Waldman spent three years at Columbia University Medical Center in New York as Medical Director of Pediatric Palliative Care before relocating in July 2017 to Chicago to become the Associate Chief of the Division of Palliative Care at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Waldman has interests in a number of areas within palliative care, including spiritual needs of children facing life-limiting illness, palliative care for children with cancer, program development, and palliative care in the setting of limited resources, in particular in the context of humanitarian crises. Dr. Waldman continues to be involved in pediatric palliative care in the Middle East through his work with an NGO-funded project to develop pediatric palliative care services in both Israel and Palestine, bringing clinicians from the two sides together to build services and relationships.