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Test-Writing Committee on Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Thomas B. Strouse, MD, Chair

Dr. Strouse is Professor and the inaugural holder of the Maddie Katz Chair in Palliative Care Research and Education. He is also the Medical Director of Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

He has been a faculty member at UCLA since he completed his residency training there in1991. Early in his career, he was Director of the UCLA Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry Service and worked closely with the UCLA Liver Transplant Program for more than a decade. He served from 1994 to 2007 as Director of Cancer Pain Management and Psychosocial Services at the Outpatient Cancer Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he developed additional interest and skills in palliative medicine. He has spent his career working with medically ill adults coping with psychiatric and physical aspects of catastrophic illness.

Dr. Strouse is a fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, an American Psychiatric Association distinguished fellow and member of the American College of Psychiatrists. He is board certified in General Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Strouse has published many peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and sits on the editorial boards of a number of important journals. In 2010, he was appointed Associate Editor of the Journal of Supportive Oncology and is now Editor of the Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology; in 2011, he became a Section Editor for PC-FACS, a monthly publication of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Dr. Strouse lectures throughout the country on topics related to pain, palliative care, psycho-oncology and psychiatric aspects of medical illness. He is Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Test-Writing Committee for Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Strouse was educated at Pomona College and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

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As of January 2017, Dr. Strouse reported the following external relationships:

Work as an author or editor for the following company, with compensation as listed:

  • The Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology / Frontline Medical Communications, Associate Editor, receiving compensation as an editor.

Elizabeth A. Kvale, MD

Dr. Kvale is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and joined the Center for Palliative and Supportive Care at UAB as a faculty member in 2004. She is an Associate Scientist at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and Director of the Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic at UAB. She is board certified in both Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Kvale served as Section Chief, Palliative Care at the Birmingham, Alabama VA Medical Center from 2014 to 2015. While at the VA, she worked with the BEACON research group to develop strategies for dissemination of primary palliative care skills for non-palliative providers. Prior to joining the palliative care program at UAB, Dr. Kvale was a primary care physician in Dixon, Illinois.

Dr. Kvale serves as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Test-Writing Committee on Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is also a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Quality Committee, and is on guideline committees for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network for palliative care, distress assessment and survivorship. Dr. Kvale led creation of the first set of guidelines related to management of chemotherapy-related cognitive dysfunction.

Dr. Kvale received a bachelor of science degree from MacMurray College and her medical doctorate from Southern Illinois University. She completed her residency in family and community medicine at the University of Missouri- Columbia, and a two-year fellowship in palliative medicine at UAB, where she also received a master's degree in public health.

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As of January 2017, Dr. Kvale reported no external relationships.

Robert C. Macauley, MD

Dr. Macauley, who is board certified in both Pediatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics, is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Previously, Dr. Macauley was Interim Director of Pediatrics at Kuluva Hospital in Arua, Uganda. Prior to this, he was a Pediatric Hospitalist at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut.

Dr. Macauley serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine Test-Writing Committee on Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He also serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics, and is the co-Chair of the Annual Assembly Planning Committee for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, where he also formerly served on the Ethics Committee. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards as well as the John Templeton Spirituality and Medicine Curricular Award for Medical Schools.

Dr. Macauley received a philosophy degree from Wheaton College and his medical degree from Yale University, completing residency training in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins. He also holds graduate degrees in theology from Oxford and Yale, and a master of fine arts degree in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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As of January 2017, Dr. Macauley reported no external relationships.

Anne C. Mosenthal, MD

Dr. Mosenthal is Professor and Chair of Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She is currently the Chief of Division of Surgical Palliative Care and was the Chief of Division of Surgical Critical Care from 1998 to 2011. She holds board certifications in Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Board of Surgery.

Through her work caring for the critically injured, Dr. Mosenthal developed her academic and research interests in palliative medicine and end-of-life-care in surgery, trauma and critical care. She is the founding director of the first Palliative Care Division in Surgery in the nation. She is nationally recognized as an expert in this field and a member of multiple national committees in palliative care. She is Chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Surgical Palliative Care, a member of the Advisory Board of Improving Palliative Care in the Intensive Care Unit Project of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Promoting Excellence in End of Life Care. Additionally, Dr. Mosenthal serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine Test-Writing Committee on Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

She was chosen as a Faculty Scholar in the Project on Death in America Program of the Soros Foundation and the recipient of grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for her work in palliative care in the trauma intensive care unit. She received the Grenvik Family Award in Ethics from the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 2007. Dr. Mosenthal has more recently become interested in the study and practice of leadership in academic medicine. She was a 2011-2012 Fellow in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program for women at Drexel University College of Medicine. She was President of the Faculty Organization of New Jersey Medical School from 2009 to 2010, a member of the Board of Governors of American Association of University Professors, and Chair of the New Jersey Medical Society Strategic Planning Steering Committee.

Dr. Mosenthal completed her medical education in 1985 at Dartmouth Medical School and her surgical training in 1990 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. She completed her fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1992.

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As of January 2017, Dr. Mosenthal reported the following external relationships:

Dr. Mosenthal serves in significant roles with the following healthcare-related organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American College of Surgeons, Chair, Committee on Surgical Palliative Care, Expert Panel Member for Palliative Care, Trauma Quality Improvement Program Member, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • Center to Advance Palliative Care, Advisory Board IPAL-ICU (Improving Palliative Care in the ICU), receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • Korean American Family Service Center, Board of Directors, without compensation.
  • Northern New England Critical Care Conference, Speaker and Panelist, receiving honoraria and reimbursement for travel expenses.

Dr. Mosenthal is also an Associate Board Examiner for the American Board of Surgery.

Maisha T. Robinson, MD

Dr. Robinson is a Senior Associate Consultant in the Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Florida, with a joint appointment in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Robinson holds the academic rank of Assistant Professor of Neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. At Mayo, she established a Neuropalliative Care program and she serves as the Medical Director of Palliative Medicine and as an Associate Program Director for the Palliative Medicine Fellowship.

Previously, Dr. Robinson was an Instructor in Neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles where she practiced neurology and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health services and health policy research as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.

Dr. Robinson serves as Chair of the Medical Student Diversity Program, as a member of the Meeting Management and Leadership Development Committees, and as past Vice Chair of the Pain and Palliative Care Section at the American Academy of Neurology. She is also a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Test Writing Committee on Hospice & Palliative Medicine, and of the Medical Advisory Board of Neurology Now. Dr. Robinson was selected for participation in the Emerging Leaders Forum and in the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum of the American Academy of Neurology, and as a National Institutes of Medicine/National Medical Association Academic Medicine Fellow.

Dr. Robinson serves as Chair of the Medical Student Diversity Program, as a member of the Meeting Management and Leadership Development Committees, and as past Vice Chair of the Pain and Palliative Care Section at the American Academy of Neurology. She is also a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Test Writing Committee on Hospice & Palliative Medicine, and of the Medical Advisory Board of Neurology Now. Dr. Robinson was selected for participation in the Emerging Leaders Forum and in the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum of the American Academy of Neurology, and as a National Institutes of Medicine/National Medical Association Academic Medicine Fellow.

Dr. Robinson earned her undergraduate degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University and her medical degree from Tufts University. She completed her residency training in neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where she was named Chief Resident in her final year. She continued her training through a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and she returned to Mayo Clinic for a neurohospitalist fellowship. She earned a master's degree in health policy and management at the University of California Los Angeles.

As of July 2017, Dr. Robinson reported the following external relationships:

Dr. Robinson serves in significant roles with the following organization, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American Academy of Neurology; Meeting Management Committee Member, Leadership Development Committee Member, Neurology Now Editorial Board Member; receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.

Thomas J. Smith, MD

Dr. Smith is the Harry J. Duffey Family Professor of Palliative Medicine and Oncology, and Director of Palliative Medicine, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

He is the Director of Palliative Medicine for Johns Hopkins Medicine, charged with integrating palliative care into all the Johns Hopkins venues, including a consult service, inpatient unit, clinics, home visiting program and research. He attends on the Longcope Osler Service. Dr. Smith has a long track record of starting innovative programs with concurrent evaluation of their impact on quality 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.

Dr. Smith received the national Humanism in Medicine Award in 2000, and in 2000 and 2006, was voted the Distinguished Clinician on the Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia Faculty. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). In 2012, he and Bruce Hillner, MD, received the ABIM Foundation Professionalism Prize for their New England Journal of Medicine article, “Bending the Cost Curve in Cancer Care” and leading “Choosing Wisely®” initiatives for AAHPM and ASCO. His current funded research includes an RO1 for a randomized trial of palliative care versus usual care for Phase I cancer patients, patient decision aids that give truthful information and "Scrambler Therapy” for chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Test-Writing Committee on Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Smith received his undergraduate degree from the University of Akron, Ohio, and his medical degree from Yale University. He completed internal medicine training at the University of Pennsylvania. He served for two years with the Indian Health Service in Belcourt, North Dakota, and then completed fellowship training at Virginia Commonwealth University.

As of January 2017, Dr. Smith reported the following external relationships:

Work as an author or editor for following company, with compensation as listed:

  • UpToDate, receiving compensation as co-Editor for Non-Pain Symptoms.

Dr. Smith serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Board of Directors, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • National Coalition of Cancer Survivors, Board of Trustees, without compensation

Dr. Smith works with the California HealthCare Foundation to create free public access websites for cancer patients to learn their prognosis and treatment effects. Funding for staff and other project expenses is provided through a grant and paid directly to The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He also works with the Milbank Foundation to study the effect of chaplains on patients and providers. Funding for staff and other project expenses is provided through a grant and paid directly to The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Smith is also a co-Principal Investigator on a National Cancer Institute grant, an investigator on a National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research grant, and an investigator on a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute grant, with funding is provided to The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Martha L. Twaddle, MD

Dr. Twaddle, board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, combines nearly thirty years of experience in the care of seriously ill people and their families in a variety of areas of service. She currently serves as Senior Vice President for the Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI), developing curriculum guidelines to facilitate the training of highly competent healthcare professionals to provide home-based primary care through HCCI national Centers of Excellence. As Senior Medical Director for Aspire Health, she is oversees specialty palliative care teams providing home-based supportive care in Illinois and Northwest Indiana. 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 and creating and testing systems of care for seriously ill people and their families across settings of care. She was most recently appointed as co-Chair for the National Consensus Project for Community-based Palliative Care, representing the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Twaddle serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine Test-Writing Committee on Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Her unique talents and contributions to the field of Palliative Medicine have helped increase the understanding of and access to this continuum of care, regionally and nationally. In 2013, she was named one of the 30 most influential visionaries in hospice and palliative medicine by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). She served as President of the AAHPM from 2002 to 2003 and on the AAHPM Board of Directors from 1997 to 2004. She was honored with the inaugural AAHPM Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award in 2005.

She is active in research, speaks regularly to local and national groups and is published extensively in peer-reviewed articles and other publications.

Dr. Twaddle graduated summa cum laude from Purdue University. She received her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and completed a residency in internal medicine through Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where she was Chief Resident and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine.

As of January 2017, Dr. Twaddle reported the following external relationships:

Dr. Twaddle serves in a significant role with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American Hospital Association, Committee Chair for the Circle of Life Award, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • California Health Care Foundation, grant review group member for a Rural Palliative Care Initiative, receiving consulting fees.

Norbert J. Weidner, MD

Dr. Weidner is Director of the Palliative and Comfort Care Team at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesia and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, CCHMC. Dr. Weidner is board certified in Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Pediatric anesthesiology, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

He is founding member (1990) of the Pediatric Acute and Chronic Pain Service at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. In 2008, Dr. Weidner organized the Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team within the division of Pediatric Anesthesia at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He and his team of specialists are nationally recognized for their contribution to improving life and alleviating suffering for children facing life-threatening and chronic/complex conditions and their families. Previously, Dr. Weidner was the Medical Director of CCHMC's StarShine Pediatric Hospice and Director of the Palliative Medicine division at CCHMC. Although he has stepped down from these leadership positions within the Palliative and Hospice Service, he continues to be an active practicing member of the Palliative Service and the Department of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Weidner serves as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Test-Writing Committee on Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

He received his medical training at Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at CCHMC and at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, and his fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

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As of January 2017, Dr. Weidner reported no external relationships.