About the Program

The Ohio State University Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is a well-established ACGME-accredited program devoted to training future physicians and leaders in the care of patients with serious illness. The one-year program accepts four physicians as fellows to prepare them to launch successful palliative medicine careers in ambulatory, hospice or hospital-based settings with diverse patient populations.

Experienced and committed educators use a combination of approaches (clinical experiences, workshops, didactics, mentoring, etc.) to foster learning in clinical skills as well as develop the foundation for those individuals interested in becoming leaders, researchers or clinical educators in the field.


Our program currently offers:

  • A one-year clinical fellowship offered by the Division of Palliative Medicine within the Department of Internal Medicine that includes a high-volume, interdisciplinary clinical program and the opportunity to receive a certificate in medical education
  • A one-year combined adult/pediatric track offered by the Division of Palliative Medicine at The Ohio State University and the Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice Program in the Department of Anesthesia at Nationwide Children's Hospital for those physicians interested in practicing hospice and palliative medicine for both adults and children

Partnering Institutions

Most educational sessions (workshops, lectures, small group discussions) are shared with the Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellows at OhioHealth and Nationwide Children’s Hospital to provide a collaborative learning environment that draws on Hospice and Palliative Medicine experts in the Greater Columbus area.


Application Process

Applicants interested in pursuing fellowship training in hospice and palliative medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center should follow the instructions via ERAS. 


Fellow applicants must have completed or will complete an ACGME or AOA-accredited residency program in one of the following:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Family medicine
  • Internal medicine (including combined internal medicine/pediatric programs)
  • Pediatrics
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiation oncology
  • Surgery

In addition, fellow applicants must be board-certified or board-eligible with demonstration of active pursuit of certification.

Application dates

  • Start date: July
  • Application opens: July 15 one year prior to start date

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows

Cameron "McLean" Ellis, MD

Undergraduate:  University of Virginia
MD: School  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Residency program: Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems Internal Medicine/Pediatrics   

Claudia Chou, MD

Undergraduate: The Ohio State University 
MD:School Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: Mayo School of Graduate Medical   Education Neurology  

Jonathan Burton, DO

Undergraduate: Saint Louis University
MD: School Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Residency program: Mount Carmel West Internal Medicine

Sarah Ehrman, MD

Undergraduate: Miami University, Oxford
MD:  School University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Residency program:   University of Cincinnati Internal Medicine/Pediatrics  
Past Fellows

Past Fellows

2016 - 2017

Anna Affan, MD:  7/1/2016 – 7/16/2017, Baptist Health, Montgomery, Alabama

Jennica Johns, MD:  7/1/2016 – 7/16/2017, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Brittany Waterman, MD:  7/1/2016 – 6/30/2017, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

2015 - 2016

Huma Ansari, MD: 7/1/2015 - 7/22/2016, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Amanda Lorenz, MD: 7/1/2015 - 8/12/2016, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Erin Scott, MD: 7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

James Mears, MD: 7/1/2015- 6/30/2016, West Virginia University, Charleston, WV

2014 - 2015

Asma Azimi, MD: 7/1/2014 – 7/24/2015, Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus, OH

Sheri Knepel, MD:  7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015, The Denver Hospice, Denver, Colorado

Charles Miller, MD: 7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Pina Patel, MD: 7/1/2014 – 8/27/2015, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

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2013 - 2014

Paola Genovese, MD: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2014, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

Katie Stowers, DO: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2014, OHSU Hospital, Portland, Oregon

Kelly Wu, MD: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2014, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

2012 - 2013

Janette Abell, MD: 7/1/2012 – 12/31/2013, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

Julio Galindo-Sanchez, MD: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2013, Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ

Maged Ghattas, MD: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2013, Complete Care Pain, Freehold, NJ

Candyce Greene, MD: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2013, Emergency Medicine Associates, Germantown, MD

2011 - 2012

Anila Jajodia, MD: 7/1/2011 – 6/30/2012, OhioHealth, Columbus, OH

Sheryl Kurze, MD: 7/1/2011 – 6/30/2012, University Health Center, Ann Arbor, MI

2010 - 2011

Tayyaba Irshad, MD: 7/1/2010 – 6/30/2011, Middlesboro ARH Hospital, Middleboro, KY

Jasmin Jensen, MD: 7/1/2010 – 6/30/2011, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

Robert Johnson, MD: 7/1/2010 – 6/30/2011, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Grace Ukairo, MBBS: 7/1/2010 – 6/30/2011, Mount Carmel Hospital, Columbus, OH


Michael Bourn, DO: 7/1/2009 – 6/30/2010, OhioHealth-Grady Memorial Hospital, Delaware, OH

Amberly Burger, MD: 7/1/2009 – 6/30/2010, Beacon Health System, Elkhart, IN

Abdul Q. Shahid, MD:
 7/1/2009 – 6/30/2010, Medical Center at Elizabeth Place, Dayton, OH

2008 - 2009

Lauren Goodman, MD: 7/1/2008 – 6/30/2009, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Srividya Viswanathan, MD: 7/1/2008 – 6/30/2009 - OhioHealth Cancer Physicians, Mansfield, OH

2007 - 2008

Fatima Jafri, MD: 7/1/2007 – 7/31/2008, UC Davis Medical Group, Roseville, CA

Syeda Zaidi, MD: 7/1/2007 – 7/31/2008, UPMC Stroke Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

2006 - 2007

Jennifer Hirsh, MD: 7/1/2006 - 6/30/2007, Zusman Community Hospice, Columbus, OH

Ahmed Jakda, MD: 7/1/2006 - 6/30/2007, Marion General Hospital, Marion, OH

2005 - 2006

Mounir Sanhaji, MD: 7/1/2004 - 6/30/2005, Family Practice, Columbus, OH


Michael Adolph, MD: 7/1/2004 - 6/30/2005, CareSource, Dayton, OH

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