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

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  
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 Palliative Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

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 Specialty Practice Pharmacist

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 Palliative Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

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 Social Worker

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 Specialty Practice Pharmacist

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

Gary West, MSW Social Worker

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
       Wendy DeBrosse
Program Coordinator
Wendy.DeBrosse@osumc.edu
 
          Brittany Fox
Administrative Assistant
Brittany.Fox@osumc.edu