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Senior Faculty

  • Michael Barnett MD

    University of Alabama, AL

  • Stephen Berns MD

    University of Vermont, VT

  • Elise Carey MD

    Mayo Clinic, MN

  • Julie Childers MD

    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA

  • Rene Claxton MD

    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA

  • Lyle Fettig MD

    Indiana University School of Medicine, IN

  • Jillian Gustin MD

    The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, OH

  • Caroline Hurd MD

    University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, WA

  • Juan Iregui MD

    CHI Franciscan Health System, WA

  • Amy Kelley MD

    Mount Sinai Hospital, NY

  • Devin Odom MD

    Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes Jewish Hospital, MO

  • Lynn O'Neill MD

    Emory University, GA

  • Shaida Talebreza MD

    University of Utah, UT

  • Gordon Wood MD

    Northwestern University and Midwest Palliative and Hospice Care Center, IL

  • Holly Yang MD

    Scripps Health, CA

US-Based Faculty

State City Institution VitalTalk Faculty
Alabama Birmingham University of Alabama Michael Barnett
Kerri Bevis
Catherine Brown
Sandy Frazier
Heather Herrington
Mohamed Kazamel
Vineeta Kumar
Todd McCarty
Ashley Nichols
Lanier O’Hare
Katie Slaughter
Marilyn Smith
Richard Taylor
Alaska Anchorage Providence Family Medicine Center Tram Chu
Janel Kam-Magruder
California Castro Valley Kaiser Permanente – San Leandro Liz Macera
Huntington Beach Landmark Health Carol Curran
Long Beach Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Susie Chun
Los Angeles Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Debra Lotstein
University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) Christopher Pietras
University of Southern California Carin van Zyl
Oakland Alameda Health System Linda Bulman
Jessica Zitter
Kaiser Permanente – Northern California Bonnie Chen
Kevin Nguyen
Sarah Piper
Monique Schaulis
Scott Schmidt
Palo Alto Stanford University Rebecca Aslakson
Joshua Fronk
Stephanie Harman
Shireen Heidari
Felicia Hui
Judy Passaglia
Karla Schroeder
Heather Shaw
Torrey Simons
Winnie Teuteberg
Michael Westley
Sacramento Coalition for Compassionate Care of California Lael Duncan
San Diego Scripps Health Holly Yang
San Francisco Hospice by the Bay James Mittelberger
University of California – San Francisco (UCSF) Wendy Anderson
Brook Calton
DorAnne Donesky
Vanessa Grubbs
Eric Isaacs
Lynnea Mills
Thomas Reid
Eric Widera
Sunnyvale Palo Alto Medical Foundation Michael Cohn
Steve Lai
Ventura Ventura County Medical Center Daniel Cox
Walnut Creek VITAS Healthcare – Walnut Creek Christine Koniaris
Colorado Centennial Centura Health Rebecca Vogel
Denver University of Colorado – Denver Debra Davis
David Nowels
Jeanie Youngwerth
Grand Junction St. Mary’s Medical Center Carol Fowler
Lakewood St. Anthony’s Hospital Chester Dreiman
Connecticut Hartford Hartford Hospital Ross Albert
New Haven Yale University Laura Morrison
Delaware Newark Christiana Care Health System Julie Cooper
Roshni Guerry
Linsey O’Donnell
Amanda Taylor
District of Columbia Washington Children’s National Medical Center Tessie October
George Washington University Rita Manfredi
Georgetown University Kacie Saulters
US Department of Veterans Affairs Grady Paden
Florida Gainesville University of Florida Marie-Carmelle Elie
Tampa Moffitt Cancer Center Barbara Lubrano
Diane Portman
Georgia Atlanta Emory University Joanne Kuntz
Lynn O’Neill
Ali-John Zarrabi
Idaho Boise St. Luke’s Health System Peter Kozisek
Illinois Chicago Northwestern University Jessica Montalvo
Melanie Smith
Eytan Szmuilowicz
Julia Vermylen
Gordon Wood
Rush University Medical Center Simon Schrick-Senasac
University of Chicago Shellie Williams
Mount Prospect Rainbow Hospice Charles Strulovitch
Indiana Indianapolis Heart Center Lori Alesia
Indiana University Gabriel Bosslet
Lyle Fettig
Joan Haase
Areeba Jawed
Karen Moody
Erin Newton
Jason Niehaus
Rafael Rosario
Zeynep Salih
Lucia Wocial
St. Vincent Hospital Colleen Brown
Natasha Tomlinson
Kentucky Lexington University of Kentucky Jessica McFarlin
Louisville MD2U – Home-Based Primary Care Bill Grenier
University of Louisville Lori Earnshaw
Maine Portland Maine Medical Center Mary Becker
Rockport Pen Bay Health Care Lauren Michalakes
Maryland Baltimore Johns Hopkins University Renee Boss
Massachusetts Boston Ariadne Labs Joanna Paladino
Justin Sanders
Boston Children’s Hospital Angela Feraco
Katie Greenzang
Boston University Sandhya Rao
Brigham and Women’s Hospital Zara Cooper
Kei Ouchi
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Janet Abrahm
Andrew Lawton
Kathleen Lee
Elizabeth Rickerson
Kristen Schaefer
Jennifer Snaman
Jane deLima Thomas
Harvard Medical School Joshua Lakin
Julia Ragland
Harvard University Rachelle Bernacki
Massachusetts General Hospital Corinne Alexander
Juliet Jacobsen
Brookline Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Mary Buss
Robert Cohen
Laura Rock
Newton Newton-Wellesley Hospital Kosha Thakore
Springfield Baystate Medical Center Laura Iglesias-Lino
Erin Salvador
Rebecca Starr
Michigan Ann Arbor University of Michigan Michael Mendez
Detroit Henry Ford Health System Ellen Air
Rana Awdish
Carol Bridges
Justin Bright
Dana Buick
Kristen Chasteen
Kelley Dillon
Caroline Dower
Maria Harrington
Sara Hegab
Mara Hoffert
Emily Hurst
Gina Hurst
Maria Kokas
Meghan Liroff
Grace Pagaduan
Tammy Raffle (Hasan)
Wendy Robertson
Lisa Stagner
Cristina Tita
Rosemary Weatherston
Erin Zimny
Cynthia Zito
Irena Zmitrovic
Rochester Oakland University Toni Glover
Minnesota Bloomington HealthPartners Mary Fredrickson
Brett Hendel-Paterson
Ankit Mehta
Minneapolis Fairview Health Services Elizabeth Jeffrey
Drew Rosielle
Hennepin County Medical Center Annette Nijjar
University of Minnesota Elizabeth Uchitelle
Rochester Mayo Clinic Elise Carey
April Christensen
Christopher Collura
James Deming
Molly Feely
Gregory Hanson
Keith Mansel
Emily Sinn
Megan Thorvilson
Kelly Wu
Mississippi Jackson University of Mississippi Sharon Douglas
Missouri St. Louis Washington University in St. Louis Devin Odom
Anna Roshal
Montana Missoula Providence Palliative Care Services Christopher Jons
New Hampshire Concord Capital Region Palliative Care and Hospice Stephen Rust
Dartmouth Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Amelia Cullinan
Max Vergo
Matthew Wilson
New Jersey Hackensack Hackensack University Medical Center Bridget Tracy
Marlton Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice Stephen Goldfine
New Brunswick Rutgers University Rebecca Goett
Leslie Tyrie
New York Albany Community Hospice Patricia Ford
Buffalo University at Buffalo Anthony Jones
New York Columbia University Medical Center Shunichi Nakagawa
Maimonides Medical Center Jenny Breznay
Beth Popp
Lawrence Wolf
Montefiore Medical Center Elizabeth Clark
Katherine Fox
Aluko Hope
Allison Stark
Mount Sinai Health System Sonica Bhatia
Mollie Biewald
Kavita Dharmarajan
Lindsay Dow
Laura Gelfman
Jay Horton
Amy Kelley
Kara Kerns
Linley Leone
Elizabeth Lindenberger
Nicole Loving
John Oropello
Vanessa Rodriguez
Beth Scarborough
Cardinale Smith
Katherine Wang
New York University (NYU) Maureen Gang
NYU Langone Medical Center Susan Cohen
Laura Evans
Corita Grudzen
Joseph Lowy
Michael Perskin
Charlene Recto
Jennifer Scherer
Robert Smeltz
Christine Zawistowski
SUNY Downstate Audrey Tan
Rochester University of Rochester Tom Carroll
Laura Hogan
Rob Horowitz
Christine Osborne
Mary Prinzing
North Carolina Durham Duke University Brittany Davidson
Jonathan Fischer
Karen Jooste
Lawrence Mumm
Ohio Akron Akron Children’s Hospital Cassandra Hirsh
Cincinnati Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center DonnaMaria Cortezzo
Hilary Flint
Mark Meyer
Cleveland University Hospitals May Alabousi
Amelia Baffa
Hollis Berthold
Debbie Dubeansky
Tricia Eaton
Kate Eilenfeld
Marwah Farooqui
Stephanie Fleming
Dan Gauntner
Theresa Giersz
Cheryl Hall
Ed Kilbane
Kim Kinder
Anne Kolenic
Kathryn Miller
Amy Pound
Ajita Prabhu
Lori Ruder
Patricia Rudler
Elie Saade
Manish Srivastava
Virgina Vatev
Liz Weinstein
Colletta Yurmanovich
Columbus James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Candace Jennings
Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center Todd Barrett
Kim Frier
Lauren Goodman
Jillian Gustin
Jenn McCallister
Charles Miller
Kavitha Norton
Robin Vachon-Kraut
Sharla Wells-Di Gregorio
Westlake St. John Medical Center Marlene Oliver
Oregon Portland CareOregon Will Kennedy
Kristina Youngs
Compass Oncology Lisa Hansen
Kaiser Permanente – Oregon/Washington Richard Mularski
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Eriko Onishi
Katie Stowers
Craig Tanner
Salem Salem Hospital Shane Peterson
Pennsylvania Danville Geisinger Medical Center Ion Bucaloiu
Megan Rapp
Lancaster Lancaster General Health J. Andrew Probolus
Philadelphia Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Tara Bamat
Donald Boyer
Aaron DeWitt
Heather French
Eron Friedlaender
Jennifer Hwang
Jennifer James
Leslie Kersun
Amanda Lerman
Jane Minturn
Wynne Morrison
Shefali Parikh
Kaitlyn Snyder
Jennifer Walter
Lisa Zaoutis
Corporal Michal J. Crescenz (CMC) VA Medical Center Deborah Way
University of Pennsylvania Joshua Jones
Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Scott Maurer
Magee-Womens Hospital Alycia Dalbey
University of Pittsburgh – Medical Center Amar Bansal
Kathryn Berlacher
Stephanie Boehm
Jared Chiarchiaro
Julie Childers
Sylvia Choi
René Claxton
Victor Colaiaco
Tara Cook
Amy Cornell
Lillian Emlet
Raquel Forsythe
Roberta Gillespie
Daniel Hall
Melinda Hamilton
Joseph Hines
Richard Hoffmaster
Kelsie Kirchartz
Veronica Kozar
Maggie Lattanzio
Janet Leahy
Joshua Levenson
Kathleen Lindell
Nicolette Mininni
Barbara Nightingale
Lisa Podgurski
Eva Reitschuler Cross
Rebecca Rudy
Rebecca Rust
Jane Schell
Courtlyn Schmalzried
Jamie Shogan
Jesse Soodalter
Amy Swindell
Sandy Wagner
Joan Williams
Maggie Yaw
South Carolina Charleston Trident Medical Center Gregory Compton
Tennessee Memphis St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Holly Spraker-Perlman
Nashville Vanderbilt University Maie El-Sourady
Texas Dallas Baylor Scott and White Health Ursula Braun
Laurel Kilpatrick
Autumn Stratton
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Reeni Abraham
Alexis Barina
Tom Dalton
Stephanie Houck
Kelley Newcomer
Oanh Nguyen
Elizabeth Paulk
Padmaja Reddy
Caitlin Siropaides
Kate Tindall
Winnie Wang
VA North Texas Health Care System Elizabeth Polanco
Houston Texas Children’s Hospital Gina Santucci
San Antonio South Texas Veterans Health Care System Deborah Villarreal
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Jason Morrow
Unknown Unknown Unknown Carolyn Barlow
Utah Salt Lake City University of Utah Anna Beck
Holli Martinez
Mary Joan Sheetz
Shaida Talebreza Brandon
Vermont Burlington University of Vermont Laurel Audy
Lauren Bailey
Diana Barnard
Stephen Berns
Zail Berry
Kacey Boyle
Alicia Calacci
Kat Cheung
Jaina Clough
Maj Eisinger
Janet Ely
Lindsay Gagnon
Jonna Goulding
Bob Gramling
Jen Hauptman
Naomi Hodde
Ann Laramee
Priscilla Minkin
Tara Pacy
David Rand
Abbey Rouleau
Myrna Sanchez
Sharon Shannon
Elise Tarbi
Iris Toedt-Pingel
Patricia Whitney
Viginia Roanoke Carilion Clinic Thomas Morel
Christopher Pile
Christi Stewart
Washington Kirkland EvergreenHealth David Kregenow
Olympia Providence St. Peter Hospital Sarah Merrifield
Renton Valley Medical Center Heather Coats
Elizabeth Perry
Seattle Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Ailey Armstrong
Molly Bumpus
Jodie David
Elizabeth Loggers
Seattle Children’s Hospital Anne Anderson
Jonna Clark
Abby Rosenberg
Alisa Van Cleave
University of Washington Josie Amory
Karen Clay
Claire Creutzfeldt
James Fausto
Annie Hirano
Caroline Hurd
Dan Lam
Lu Marchand
Susan Merel
Megan Morrison
Katie Schlenker
Rashmi Sharma
Amy Trowbridge
Susan Wong
Virginia Mason Medical Center Mark Beiter
Lynne Taylor
Wendy Wank
Tacoma CHI Franciscan Health System Tammy Bhang
Juan Iregui
Mimi Pattison
Wisconsin La Crosse Gundersen Health Laurence Skendzel
Madison University of Wisconsin Toby Campbell
Sara Johnson
Margaret Schwarze
Marshfield Marshfield Clinic Michael Claessens
Tomasz Okon
Milwaukee Aurora/Lakeshore Agron Ismaili

International Faculty

Country City Institution Name
Australia Adelaide Northern Adelaide Palliative Service David Holden
Hobart Royal Hobart Hospital Robyn Thomas
Perth Royal Perth Hospital Derek Eng
Southport Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service Joanne Doran
Balaji Hiremagalur
Sydney St. George Hospital & Community Health Service Amy Waters
Wahroonga Neringah Hospital – Wahroonga Sarah Thompson
Canada Calgary University of Calgary Amanda Roze des Ordons
Hong Kong Hong Kong Chinese University of Hong Kong Jacqueline Yuen
Italy Reggio Emilia University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Leonardo Potenza
Japan Tsu Tsu Family Clinic Misuzu Yuasa
New Zealand Auckland Auckland District Health Board Elizabeth Stallworthy
Christchurch Canterbury District Health Board Jim Edwards
Nurse Maude Clinic Lee Anderson
Julia Holyoake
Tauranga Waipuna Hospice Prue McCallum
Wellington Capital and Coast District Health Board Jonathan Adler

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