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Hospice & Palliative Medicine Approval Committees

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Martha Twaddle, MD, Chair

Dr. Martha Twaddle 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 the Waud Family Medical Director for Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care at Northwestern Medicine. Her academic work includes developing curriculum, guidelines, and models of care for healthcare professionals to provide care for the seriously ill in all settings. She works with others at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine exploring how technology and also prescriptive nature can improve health outcomes as well as collaborating nationally in the development of patient-family centered quality metrics. On behalf of the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), Dr. Twaddle served as the co-Chair for the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, which completed the 4th edition of the clinical practice guidelines for the field in late October 2018. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Twaddle’s 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 nomination of her peers via the AAHPM. She served as President of the AAHPM from 2002-2003 and on the AAHPM Board of Directors from 1997-2004. She represented the AAHPM in the creation of the initial NCP Guidelines published in 2004. She was honored with the inaugural AAHPM Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award in 2005. She 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. She was the recipient of the AAHPM Lifetime Achievement Award conferred in March 2019.

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

As of April 2022, Dr. Twaddle reported the following external relationships:

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

  • UpToDate®, receiving royalties.

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.

Dana Lustbader, MD

Dr. Lustbader, is Chief of the Department of Palliative Care for OPTUM's ProHEALTH, a large multispecialty group serving 1.5 million people in the New York metropolitan area. She has served as Senior Medical Advisor for Aspire Health, helping to make it the nation's largest home palliative care company. She was also the founder and Chief Medical Officer of ProHEALTH/OPTUM Supportive Care, serving patients with multiple chronic conditions via home visits and telemedicine.

Prior to this, Dr. Lustbader was the Director of ICU at Northwell Health working as an intensivist. She also founded the Department of Palliative Medicine and its Physician Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) Training Fellowship. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Lustbader answered a plea from the Governor and returned to work as an intensivist in the overwhelmed New York City hospitals. She is a Professor of Medicine at Northwell Hofstra School of Medicine and a nationally recognized expert in palliative care.Dr. Lustbader is triple board certified in Hospice and Palliative Care, Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Lustbader earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine, completed internal medicine training at New York University Medical Center, and critical care medicine Fellowship at St. Vincent's Hospital, New York.

As of August 2021, Dr. Lustbader reported the following external relationships:

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

  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Director at Large, without compensation.

Tammie Quest, MD

Dr. Quest is the Director of the Emory Palliative Care Center for Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences 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 America 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 is currently the Fellowship Program Director for the Emory University School of Medicine program in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and 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 as a member of the National Priorities Partnership's Palliative and End-of-life Care work group. With a strong interest in ethics and end of life care, she holds a core faculty appointment at the Emory University Center for Ethics and she is the immediate past-Chair 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 Governor Nathan Deal to the Georgia Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council. She is also past President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Quest is the Montgomery Chair in Palliative Medicine and Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and the Department of Emergency Medicine. She is the Chief of Palliative Medicine for the Division of Palliative Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine. She is a past President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Director of the Emory Palliative Care Center for Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center.

Her active education and research interests include emergency medicine and palliative care, advance care planning and care for serious illness in older adults. She is the recipient of multiple NIH grants and foundation funding to support innovations in palliative care. She is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Quest received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine in San Francisco. She completed her residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland General Hospital in Oakland, California.

As of November 2021, Dr. Quest reported no ongoing external relationships.

Maisha T. Robinson, MD

Maisha T. Robinson, MDDr. 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 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.

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As of June 2022, Dr. Robinson reported the following external relationships:

Work as an author or editor for following company:

  • Cambridge University Press
  • UptoDate® 

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

  • American Academy of Neurology; Meeting Management Committee Member, Member Engagement Committee Member, Board of Directors, Speaker for neuropalliative care-related presentations at conferences; receiving honoraria.

Thomas Strouse, MD

Dr. Strouse is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry 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 David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Strouse has been a faculty member at UCLA since he completed his residency training there in 1991. 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 1994-2007 as Director of Cancer Pain Management and Supportive Oncology Servicesat 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. Along with his current efforts to promote palliative care clinical research within the UCLA Health System, Dr. Strouse is a faculty member in the combined Greater Los Angeles VA/UCLA Palliative Medicine Fellowship, and he is actively engaged with UCLA’s Operation Mend, a program for wounded US servicemen and women. Dr. Strouse is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, a Fellow of the Academy of Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry, and an American Psychiatric Association Distinguished Fellow. He is board certified in General Psychiatry, Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry, and Hospice/Palliative Medicine.

From 2007-2018, Dr. Strouse served on the American Board of Internal Medicine Test Committee, responsible for writing the certifying exam for all North American physician candidates for the American Board of Medical Specialties subspecialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He chaired the Exam Committee from 2014-2018. Dr. Strouse has published many peer reviewed papers and book chapters and sits on the editorial boards of a number of important journals. In 2017 he became an Associate Editor for the Journal of Palliative Medicine. He lectures throughout the country on topics related to pain, palliative care, psycho-oncology, and psychiatric aspects of medical illness. He was educated at Pomona College and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

As of October 2021, Dr. Strouse reported no ongoing external relationships.

Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH

Dr. Joanne Wolfe is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Palliative Care in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and the Director of Palliative Care at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) and is a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Dr. Wolfe served on the inaugural American Board of Internal Medicine Test-Writing Committee on Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is also an active volunteer with the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, currently serving as the immediate past president of the board of directors and chair of the nominating committee.

Dr. Wolfe has been an active educator in the field of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She developed the first interdisciplinary pediatric palliative care fellowship program in North America. She co-developed the Pediatric Track of the Program for Palliative Care Education and Practice, a continuing medical education course offered through the Harvard Center for Palliative Care. She is also a co-developer of the EPEC-Pediatrics Project, an online and face-to-face curriculum aiming to enhance primary pediatric palliative care knowledge, skills and behaviors among clinicians and subspecialists. She runs a research lab focused on easing suffering and promoting wellbeing in children with serious illness and their families, and co-directs the Pediatric Palliative Care Research Network.

Dr. Wolfe holds a medical degree (1990) from Harvard Medical School and a master of public health degree (1998) from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed pediatric residency training at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) and a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at BCH/DFCI.

As of April 2022, Dr. Wolfe reported the following ongoing external relationships:

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

  • Society of Hospital Medicine, past President of Regional Chapter; Regional Chapter Executive Committee Member, without compensation.

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Robert C. Macauley, MD, Chair

Robert C. Macauley, MDDr. 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 August 2021, Dr. Macauley reported the following external relationships:

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

  • Oxford University Press, receiving compensation for authorship.

Nathan Fairman, MD

Dr. Fairman is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California Davis School of Medicine. He is board certified in both General Psychiatry and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Fairman currently serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine Test-Writing Committee on Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Fairman’s clinical expertise lies at the interface of palliative medicine, psychiatry and bioethics. He serves as Director of Supportive Oncology and Survivorship at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. His clinical service includes work as an attending physician on the inpatient palliative care consult service at the UC Davis Medical Center and in the psycho-oncology clinic at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. As a Faculty Associate in the Bioethics Program, Dr. Fairman directs bioethics education in the UC Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Fairman also maintains a variety of teaching responsibilities throughout the health system, focused primarily on palliative care, serious illness communication and bioethics.

Dr. Fairman received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where he was a National McCabe Scholar. He obtained his medical degree from the UC Davis School of Medicine, followed by a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University, where he was a Zuckerman Fellow. He completed residency training in general psychiatry at UC Davis. Prior to joining the academic faculty, Dr. Fairman was a fellow in palliative care psychiatry at The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice.

As of June 2022, Dr. Fairman reported the following external relationships:

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

  • American Psychiatric Publishing, receiving compensation for authorship.

Arif Kamal, MD, MBA, MHS, FACP, FAAHPM, FASCO

Dr. Kamal is the Physician Quality and Outcomes Officer for the Duke Cancer Institute and an Associate Professor of Medicine, Business Administration, and Population Health Sciences in the Division of Medical Oncology and Section of Palliative Care at Duke University. As a fellowship-trained palliative medicine physician and medical oncologist, Dr. Kamal studies the link between delivery of high-quality palliative care and improved patient, caregiver, and health system outcomes.

He has received research funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, National Cancer Institute, and Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts on palliative care, oncology, and healthcare quality in JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Lancet Oncology, and others.

Dr. Kamal serves in several national capacities in the areas of healthcare quality and palliative care. He serves on the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) Board of Directors, National Quality Forum (NQF) Geriatrics and Palliative Care Standing Committee and American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Hospice and Palliative Medicine Test Writing Committee. He was named a national "40 under 40" in palliative care and honored as an Academy Visionary by AAHPM.

Dr. Kamal completed internal medicine residency and hospice and palliative medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Minnesota and Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Duke University. He holds a master's degree in health sciences in Clinical Research from the Duke Clinical Research Training Program and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

As of August 2021, Dr. Kamal reported the following external relationships:

Service on a research-related expert panel or advisory board for the following companies, with honoraria:

  • AbbVie, for service on an advisory board.

Dr. Kamal 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.

Dr. Kamal also reported receiving salary support from Acclivity Health Solutions.

Joanne G. Kuntz, MD

Joanne G. Kuntz, MDDr. Kuntz is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Her clinical practice includes time in both the emergency department and the in-patient palliative care consultation service at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is the Medical Director of Palliative Medicine, Site Medical Director and Site Director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship. Additionally, she is an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy for their on-line certificate program in Advanced Post-Graduate Education in Palliative Care, which is offered by the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science. She is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Prior to joining Emory, she was at the University of Connecticut (UConn) where she was the Founding Director of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care. Dr. Kuntz was also a member of the Emergency Medicine Core Faculty and also served as the Emergency Medicine Residency Site Director at UConn Health. She spent a short time as an Emergency Medicine Staff Physician at Bristol Hospital in Connecticut. Prior to moving to Connecticut, she was Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and an attending physician at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Kuntz is an active participant of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, having served on the State Health Policies Working Group and the Public Policy Committee. She was appointed to the Connecticut Governor’s Palliative Care Advisory Council, and was selected to represent Connecticut on the National Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Paradigm Program. She was a member of the Connecticut Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Steering Committee and served as Chair of their Education sub-committee, and she received the 2015 Connecticut Coalition for End-of-Life Care Annual Award. Additionally, she is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Test Writing Committee on Hospice & Palliative Care.

Dr. Kuntz earned her bachelor’s degree in medical microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She gained additional training in palliative medicine through completing a non-ACGME mid-career fellowship in palliative care. She is a member of the Vital Talk faculty and is a trained facilitator.

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As of June 2022, Dr. Kuntz reported the following ongoing external relationships:

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

  • Ariadne Labs Serious Illness Care Program, receiving honoraria.

Elizabeth A. Kvale, MD

Elizabeth A. Kvale, MDDr. 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 degree 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 August 2021, Dr. Kvale reported the following external relationships:

Grant funding from non-for-profit healthcare-related organizations for project expenses, paid to the University of Alabama-Birmingham, from the following company:

  • Communication for Health, Empathy, and Resilience, providing support for project expenses.
  • Cancer Prevention Institute of Texas, providing salary support.

Susan D. McCammon, MD

Dr. McCammon is dually appointed in Palliative Medicine and Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is the inaugural holder of the John W. Poyner Endowed Professorship in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at the UAB. She is the Director of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and assistant director for Palliative Medicine at UAB. She is also an adjunct professor at the Center for Bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. She is board certified in Otolaryngology and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is Hospice Medical Director and focuses on the relationship between supportive care and survivorship. She directs the Community Access to Palliative Expertise (CAPE) program at UAB, where she has developed telehealth and home palliative care services. Her clinical work focuses on expanding supportive care and survivorship expertise to high-risk surgical patients in the rural south.

Dr. McCammon currently serves on the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Committee at UAB. She is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Exam Committee for HPM as well as the National Comprensive Cancer Network Palliative Care Guidelines Review Committee. She serves on the UAB Otolaryngology Leadership Council, Otolaryngology Residency Clinical Competency Committee, and Center for Palliative and Supportive Care Steering Committee. She serves on the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Audit Committee and previously served as chair of the Ethics Committee from 2014-2018. Dr. McCammon is on the boards of the American Head and Neck Society and the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance. She has been named Fellow at Large, Chair on the Patient and Public Education Service Committee, and Chair on the Ethics and Professionalism Committee for the American Head and Neck Society.

Previously, Dr. McCammon served as Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and is a holder of the Jehu Matthew Robison Distinguished Professorship in Otolaryngology. She also served as co-Director of the Center for Cancers of the Head and Neck and Director of Residency for Head and Neck Surgery at The University of Texas Medical Branch.

Dr. McCammon earned her medical degree at the UAB School of Medicine. She completed an otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency at UAB and a fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

As of November 2021, Dr. McCammon reported the following external relationships:

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

  • American Head and Neck Society, Secretary, without compensation
  • Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, Board Member, without compensation