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 DO

    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

  • Michael Mendez MD

    University of Michigan Health, MI

  • Kavitha Norton DO

    The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, OH

  • Jonathan Fischer MD

    Duke University, NC

  • Andrew Lawton MD

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, MA

  • Stephanie Harman MD

    Stanford University School of Medicine, CA

  • Amy Trowbridge MD

    University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital Seattle, WA

  • Bonnie Chen MD

    Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA

  • Jared Chiarchiaro

    Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR

  • Jay Horton PhD, NP

    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY

  • Lillian Emlet MD

    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & VA Pittsburgh, PA

  • Sarah Marrifield MD

    Providence Health, WA

  • Craig Jackson MD

    University of Washington & Seattle Children’s, WA


Sarah Merrifield Providence
Jacqueline Yuen The University of Hong Kong
Bridget Tracy Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation Inc
Grady Paden VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Elizabeth Weinstein Cleveland Clinic
Susie Chun Straub Medical Center
Janet Leahy University of Pittsburgh – Medical Center
Caitlin Siropaides University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Craig Tanner Legacy Health
Josie Amory University of Washington
Jessica Montalvo Northwestern University
Daniel Cox Ventura County Medical Center
Linda Bulman Alameda Health System
Ashley Nichols University of Alabama
Kerri Bevis University of Alabama
Monique Schaulis Kaiser Permanente – Northern California
Holly Spraker-Perlman St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Megan Thorvilson Mayo Clinic
Amanda Roze des Ordons University of Calgary
Brook Calton University of California – San Francisco
Kristen Schaefer Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Katy Hyman Long Beach Medical Center
Laura Gelfman Mount Sinai Health System
Elizabeth Lindenberger Mount Sinai Health System
Lindsay Dow Mount Sinai Health System
Matthew Wilson Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Maie El-Sourady Vanderbilt University
Mary Buss Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Mark Beiter Virginia Mason Medical Center
Winifred Teuteberg Stanford University
Julie Cooper Christiana Care Health System
Joanne Kuntz Emory University
Jonna Goulding University of Vermont
Kacey Boyle University of Vermont
Lucia Wocial Indiana University
Areeba Jawed Indiana University
Holli Martinez University of Utah
Anna Beck University of Utah

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.