Meet Ohio State's team of palliative medicine experts

The Division of Palliative Medicine comprises a comprehensive team of doctors and staff, all focused on delivering high-quality patient care, contributing to innovations in medicine and educating medical students and postgraduate trainees.

Our Leaders

Our leaders

EllinGafford

Ellin Gafford, MD, FAAHPM, FACP

Director, Division of Palliative Medicine

Associate Professor of Medicine

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Jillian Gustin, MD

Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program

Assistant Professor - Clinical, Palliative Medicine
Physician, FGP - Palliative Medicine 


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SharlaDiGregorioWells

Sharla Wells-Di Gregorio, PhD

Director, Psycho-oncology and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Assistant Professor - Clinical, Psychiatry
Assistant Professor - Clinical, Internal Medicine
Assistant Professor, Psychology


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Our Doctors
Our Researchers

Our Researchers

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows

Bethany Brisbin, MD

Undergraduate: BA in psychology, Miami University
MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children's Hospital - Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Julia Agne, MD

Undergraduate: BS in biomedical engineering, University of Cincinnati
MD: University of Cincinnati
Residency program: The Ohio State University - Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Kevin (Yunpeng) Li, MD

Undergraduate: BS in genetics, University of California - Irvine
MD: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Residency program: University of Minnesota - Internal Medicine

Kristen Moyer, MD

Undergraduate: BS in psychology and biology, University of North Carolina
MD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Graduate: MS of theological studies at Duke Divinity School
Residency program: Yale-New Haven Hospital - Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Certified Nurse Practitioners

Certified Nurse Practitioners

Mary Bickley, MS, APRN, CNP

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Graduate: Master of Science in Nursing, Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner, University of Cincinnati, OH

Kyle Bowman, RN, MS, CNP

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Graduate: Master of Science in Nursing, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Fellowship: Advance Practice Provider Fellowship, OSU- will graduate in 9/17

Jennifer Browning, MS, APRN, BC

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, The Ohio State University
Graduate: Master of Science in Nursing, The Ohio State University
Post-Master's program: Adult Nurse Practitioner, The Ohio State University

Meridith Bumb, MSN, CNP

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Capital University, Columbus, OH
Graduate: Master of Science in Nursing and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, OSU
Fellowship: Advance Practice Provider Fellowship, OSU- will graduate in 9/17

Beth Clark, MSN, RN, CNP, ACHPN

Undergraduate: Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Berea College, Berea, KY
Graduate: Masters of Science in Nursing, Wright State University - Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health, Dayton, OH

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Sarah Everhart, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Iowa State University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Cum Laude, Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Graduate: Master of Science in Nursing, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Cum Laude, The Ohio State University
Board certified: American Nurse Credentialing Center– Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Kimberly A. Frier, MS, MSN, FNP-BC, ACHPN

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts in Nursing, West Virginia University
Graduate: Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, Marshall University
Board certified:
  • ACHPN
  • FNP
  • Preventative Rehabilitation Exercise Specialist
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Specialist
  • Facilitator, Freedom from Smoking
  • ELNEC Trainer
  • HPNA

Hospital affiliation:

  • James Cancer Center and Solove Research Institute
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Diane B. Loseth, MSN, RN, ACHPN

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Loretto Heights College
Graduate: Master of Science in Nursing, Yale University
Fellowship: Pain and Palliative Care Fellowship, Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Board certified: Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse
Hospital affiliation:
  • James Cancer Center and Solove Research Institute
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Valarie Pompey, NP

Undergraduate: Diploma Registered Nursing, Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI; BS in Business Administration, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
Graduate: MS- Adult Nurse Practitioner, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI

Deb Russell, RN, BSN, MSN, CNP

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Michigan
Graduate: Master of Science in Nursing, Grand Valley State University
Certificate program: Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Board certified: American Nurse Credentialing Center - Family Nurse Practitioner

Therese Svarovsky, MSN, APRN

Undergraduate:Bachelor of Science in Biology, Saint Mary's College
Graduate: Certificate of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; Master of Science in Nursing, Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH

Robin Vachon-Kraut, RN, MS, ACHPN

Undergraduate: The Ohio State University College of Nursing
Graduate: The Ohio State University College of Nursing

Board certified:

  • Certified family nurse practitioner
  • Advanced certified hospice and palliative nurse

Hospital affiliation:

  • James Cancer Center and Solove Research Institute
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Amanda Williams, RN, ACNP

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Mount Carmel, Columbus, OH
Graduate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practioner at Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Auxiliary Faculty and Staff

Auxiliary Faculty and Staff

Stephanie Abel, PharmD, BCPS

Undergraduate: University of Wyoming
Pharmacy school: Creighton University

PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Medical University of South Carolina
PGY-2 Pain Management and Palliative Care Residency: The John Hopkins Hospital

Board certified: 
Board of Pharmacy Specialties - board certified pharmacotherapy specialist

Amber D. Hartman, PharmD

Medical school: Ohio Northern University, PharmD, The Ohio State University
Residency: The Ohio State University, ambulatory practice resident
Hospital affiliation: James Cancer Center and Solove Research Institute and The
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Justin Kullgren, PharmD

Doctor of Pharmacy
Certified Pain Educator (CPE)

Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
Pharmacy school: The Ohio State University
Residency: The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and Palliative Care Consulting Group

LuAnn Reed, MSW, LSW, ACHP-SW

Undergraduate: Bachelor of social work, Minor in sociology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Graduate: Master of social work, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Maureen Saphire, RPh, PharmD, CGP, CDP

PharmD: Doctor of Pharmacy, Ohio Northern University
Residency program: The Ohio State University

Scott Strassels, PharmD, PhD

Undergraduate: BS in Pharmacy, University of Arizona
PharmD: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Arizona
Graduate: Doctor of Philosophy, Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Washington
Fellowship: Pharmacoeconocmic Research Fellow, University of Washington and Acute Pain Outcomes Research Fellow at Tufts Medical Center

Gary West, MSW

Undergraduate: International business at Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, OH
Graduate: Master of social work at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Administrative Staff

Monica Scranton
Division Administrator
Monica.Scranton@osumc.edu 
614-293-2957
       Elaine Vorwerk
Program Coordinator
Elaine.Vorwerk@osumc.edu
 
         Doreen Fast
Administrative Assistant
Doreen.Fast@osumc.edu

          Brittany Fox
Administrative Assistant
Brittany.Fox@osumc.edu

     
               

Contact

Division of Palliative Medicine

Monica Scranton
Division Administrator
Monica.Scranton@osumc.edu
Phone: 614-293-8723
Fax: 614-293-2957

Division’s office:
5th Floor McCampbell Hall
1581 Dodd Drive
Columbus, OH 43210