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Arif Kamal MD, MBA, MHS, FACP, FAAHPM is the Physician Quality and Outcomes Officer for the Duke Cancer Institute and Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Oncology and Section of Palliative Care at Duke University.  As a board-certified 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 research funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Cambia Health Foundation, and CMS Centers for Innovation.  He has published over 80 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 is the Chair for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Committee and Co-Chairs the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) e-Measures Workgroup.  He is an active member of ASCO’s Supportive Care Advisory Group and Palliative Care Quality Measures Committee, and AAHPM’s Quality Committee and Research Committee.  He has also serves on the AMA-PCPI Measures Advisory Council and Cancer Technical Expert Panel alongside Quality Technical Experts Panels for the AAHPM Measuring What Matters Initiative and The Joint Commission’s Palliative Care Quality Measures project.  He was also  recently selected to the National Quality Forum Palliative and End of Life Care Standing Committee. 

Dr. Kamal completed Internal Medicine residency and Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic – Rochester, MN and Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Duke University.  He holds a Masters in Health Sciences in Clinical Research (MHS) from the Duke Clinical Research Training Program and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. 


David Casarett, MD, MA is a palliative care physician and health services researcher whose work focuses on improving systems of care for people with serious, life-threatening illnesses.  He is a professor of Medicine at Duke University and the Chief of Palliative Care in Duke Health.  Dr. Casarett is the author of more than 100 articles in journals including JAMA and The New England Journal of Medicine, and his writing has appeared in print and online in Salon, Esquire, Discover, Newsweek, the New York Times, and Wired.  He is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given by the US government to researchers in the early stages of their careers.

Dr. Casarett is also the author of three non-fiction books, the most recent of which was Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana, published in 2015 by Penguin Random House.  His first novel in the Ethical Chiang Mai Detective Agency series, Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness, was published in September 2016.  The second book in the series, The Missing Guests of the Magic Grove Hotel, will be published in December of 2017.


Janet Bull, MD FAAHPM is the Chief Medical Officer at Four Seasons Compassion for Life and holds a consultant assistant professorship in the internal medicine department at Duke University Medical Center. She is a clinical instructor in Medicine at UNC- CH Henderson Family Practice Residency Program.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and a frequent speaker at both state and national meetings.

Janet's past positions included Advisor to the Hospice Intermediary Advisory Committee, Chair of the AAHPM Research Committee as well as Chair of the Chief Medical Officers group of the National Hospice Work Group. Currently, she serves on the steering committee for the Palliative Care Cooperative Group and is Chair of the Membership Committee. She is a current Board Member for AAHPM.

Janet has been an Associate Editor of PC-FACS since 2008, and has authored or coauthored several papers on palliative care and quality data reporting.  She directs the research department at Four Seasons and has served as the Principle Investigator on over 41 clinical trials in hospice and palliative medicine. She is Program Director of the Palliative Care Immersion Course and directs Four Seasons’ Center of Excellence which offers consulting services in hospice, palliative care, and research.  She was the recipient of the Sharon O. Dixon Award in 2007, the Cuniff-Dixon Hastings Award in 2012, and the Josephino Magno Distinguished Physician Award in 2013. Most recently, she is a nominee for the Top 25 Visionaries in the Field award by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


Maggie Rogers, MPH is a Senior Research Associate at the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) in New York City. In her role at CAPC, she manages the operations of the National Palliative Care Registry™ and conducts research on the landscape of palliative care programs in the United States. Maggie also leads the research department’s pediatric palliative care initiative and CAPC's cross-departmental research training initiative. In addition to her role at CAPC, Maggie is the Field Director of a global health non-profit called Ambassadors for Sustained Health (ASH), which currently operates in Kenya. She holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology and a BA in psychology and gerontology.


Kara Bischoff, MD is a palliative care doctor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She provides palliative care to patients in the hospital and in the outpatient cancer center. She is also launching a new palliative care clinic, which will serve patients with non-cancer diagnoses. 

As Director of Quality Improvement for the UCSF Palliative Care Service and for the Palliative Care Quality Network, Bischoff has worked on projects to improve patients’ pain and anxiety, completion of POLST forms, rates of spiritual screening, patient satisfaction, and access to palliative care. 

Dr. Bischoff received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, followed by a residency at UCSF in internal medicine and a fellowship, also at UCSF, in hospice and palliative medicine. She is a member of The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is a mother and an outdoor enthusiast.


Angela Marks, MSEd is Deputy Director of the Palliative Care Quality Network (PCQN), positioned within the Division of Hospital Medicine's Palliative Care Service. PCQN is a national, continuous learning collaborative committed to improving the quality of palliative care services through shared data collection and analytic strategies to drive quality improvement initiatives; the identification and dissemination of best practices; and the ongoing development of a professional community that contributes to the growth and future direction of Palliative Care. As Deputy Director, Angela manages all aspects of the design, development, execution, and evaluation of PCQN.

Prior to joining DHM, Angela was a Senior Manager at the UCSF Center for the Health Professions where she lead research, evaluation, and training efforts focused on health care workforce development and systems improvement. Specific areas of focus included improving organizational capacity to provide culturally competent care; quality improvement and its intersection with health care disparities reduction; enhancing the preparation and utilization of allied health care professionals; and the development of training programs for a range of health care professionals as well as management teams.

Angela came to UCSF from the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she managed a portfolio of research projects aimed at improving the screening and secondary prevention of pediatric traumatic stress post-injury. Angela received a MSEd degree in Psychological Services and a BA in History, both from the University of Pennsylvania.


Lisa C. Lindley, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.S. in Business from University of Wisconsin - Madison, and a B.S. in Nursing from the University of St. Catherine. Her program of health services and policy research focuses on pediatric end-of-life care with a special emphasis on hospice care. She has expertise in advanced statistical techniques, longitudinal methodologies, and claims-based data. Dr. Lindley has received an NIH pre-doctoral fellow (T32), AHRQ dissertation award (R36), and NIH career development award (K01) in support of her research work. She serves as a Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) volunteer on several quality committees including the Measuring What Matters (MWM) Technical Advisory Committee (member), MWM eSpecs Committee (co-Chair), MWM eCQM Committee (co-chair), National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care Quality Measurement Working Group (member), and Scientific Subcommittee 2018 Annual Assembly (QI expert). Dr. Lindley is widely published and the recipient of the 2015 Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) New Investigator Award.


Katherine Ast, MSW, LCSW serves as Director of Quality and Research for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).  She is a licensed clinical social worker and specialist in quality and performance measure development.  Prior to her work at AAHPM, she worked with the American Medical Association (AMA) where she managed multiple projects for the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI), including staff lead for the development and endorsement of clinical performance measures.  She has been instrumental in the AAHPM and Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association's “Measuring What Matters" initiative and provides strategic direction for AAHPM in the areas of quality measurement and the national quality landscape.  Katherine’s other experience includes overseeing quality improvement at Anixter Center, a social service agency supporting people with developmental disabilities, serving as a clinical therapist for children, adolescents, and families, and teaching high school English, ESL, Psychology, and World Cultures.  Katherine received her BA in English Education from Duke University and her MSW from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Jennifer Blechman, MD is a Hospice and Palliative Care physician working at Partners in Care, central Oregon’s only independent, non-hospital based hospice and home health organization. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California in Santa Cruz and attended medical school at Albany Medical College in New York.  Blechman completed her residency at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, and her Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at Stanford University. She is board certified in Family Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and as a Hospice Medical Director.  She has lived in Bend since 2002, and worked as a family medicine doctor for 11 years prior to completing a Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship.

Under Blechman's leadership, Partners In Care started a community-based palliative care program, and she runs a clinic embedded in an oncology practice at a multispecialty clinic. The program has expanded to include palliative care nurse-led clinics incorporated in primary care practices.  She is passionate about helping patients and their families live with advanced illness as fully as possible, and finds her work incredibly rewarding.

In her spare time Dr. Blechman enjoys running, skiing, traveling, coaching soccer, and trying to keep up with her 2 boys.


Maureen Henry, JD, PhD, is a Research Scientist at NCQA, focusing on health care performance measurement for older adults and people with serious illness.  For the past fifteen years, she has served in a number of non-profit, state, and federal policy positions addressing serious illness care and aging.  Dr. Henry is a graduate of the University of Utah College of Nursing, Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, and UC Berkeley School of Law.  She is an Associate of the University Of Utah Division Of Medical Ethics, and a member of the Penn Medicine PAIR (Palliative and Advanced Illness Research) Center External Advisory Board.  


Eric Roeland, MD, is a board-certified medical oncologist and palliative medicine physician. Dr. Roeland is part of the gastrointestinal cancer unit at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, where he works alongside a multidisciplinary team to provide patients with highly specialized care. 

He is committed to finding more effective solutions for improving the quality of care for cancer patients with advanced disease. He also understands the importance of integrating cancer treatment with optimal symptom control. 

Dr. Roeland is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, where he instructs medical students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. His current research is primarily focused on symptom intervention clinical trials across the entire spectrum of cancer. Ultimately, he wants to promote a new standard for cancer care: simultaneous integrated oncology and palliation.

He completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine and a residency in internal medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hospice and palliative medicine. 

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