Together, we are at the forefront of improving serious illness communication.

Distinguished Faculty

  • Cardi Smith MD

    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY

  • Wendy Anderson MD

    University of California San Francisco Medical Center, CA

  • Michael Barnett MD

    University of Alabama, AL

  • Stephen Berns MD

    University of Vermont, VT

  • Elise Carey MD

    Mayo Clinic, MN

  • Kristen Chasteen MD

    Henry Ford Health System, MI

  • Julie Childers MD

    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA

  • Rene Claxton MD

    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA

  • Amelia Cullinan MD

    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, NH

  • 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

  • Sara Johnson MD

    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine

  • Amy Kelley MD

    Mount Sinai Hospital, NY

  • Jessica McFarlin MD

    University of Kentuky Health, KY

  • Erin Newton MD

    Indiana University School of Medicine, IN

  • Kevin Nguyen MD

    Kaiser Permanente East Bay, CA

  • Tessie October MD

    Children's National Hospital, D.C.

  • Devin Odom MD

    Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes Jewish Hospital, MO

  • Lynn O'Neill MD

    Emory University, GA

  • Abby Rosenberg MD

    Seattle Children's, WA

  • Jane Schell MD

    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA

  • Katie Stowers MD

    Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, OR

  • Shaida Talebreza MD

    University of Utah, UT

  • Max Vergo MD

    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, NH

  • Gordon Wood MD

    Northwestern University and Midwest Palliative and Hospice Care Center, IL

  • Holly Yang MD

    Scripps Health, CA

VitalTalk has faculty across the United States and around the globe.

See the full list of our faculty


Communication Skills Pathfinder

Together with the Center to Advance Palliative Care and Ariadne Labs, we are changing the serious illness conversation through the Communication Skills Pathfinder.

The Communication Skills Pathfinder portal will enable every clinician to have high-quality conversations with the seriously ill patients they serve. By scaling best practices in clinician-patient communication—for both individual clinicians and organizations—we have a new national strategy for accelerating improvement in the care of serious illness.

Visit the Communication Skills Pathfinder.