Committed to improving quality of life for patients and their families

The palliative medicine team focuses on improving the quality of life of patients and their families facing life-threatening illnesses. Our goal at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Division of Palliative Medicine is the prevention and relief of suffering through treatment of pain and other physical, psychosocial and spiritual issues.

How can palliative medicine help you? 

  • Treatment of pain and other symptoms by an expert subspecialist
  • Guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices
  • Navigation of the health care system through the entire course of the serious illness
  • Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family 

How is palliative medicine different from hospice care?

Palliative medicine can be provided during any stage of a serious illness, alongside active treatments that are intended to prolong life such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy and/or radiation. 

Hospice care is an extension of palliative medicine for patients with a short life expectancy (less than a six-month prognosis) that provides additional supportive services. Our team can provide more information about and assist with a transition to hospice care if needed. In addition, when patients are unable to leave the hospital our team can provide you with end-of-life care. The goal is to help patients live the remainder of their lives with quality and dignity.

How can our team support you?

The Palliative Medicine team includes physicians, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, psychologists and social workers. These team members collaborate with your primary treatment teams both in the hospital and in clinic—including your team’s social workers, chaplains, primary care services, nurse practitioners and patient care resource managers (PCRMs)—to ensure you’re receiving the most compassionate care every step of the way.

Inpatient Hospital Services

Our team provides dedicated support to the following Ohio State Wexner Medical Center hospital locations:

Outpatient Services

A referral from a Palliative Medicine doctor or James Cancer Hospital physician is required to schedule an appointment at this clinic. Please call our office at 614-293-2957 if you have any questions or need help getting a referral.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Ohio State Martha Morehouse Outpatient Care (Tower)
2050 Kenny Road
3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43221

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Our Team 

The Division of Palliative Medicine includes an interdisciplinary team that is focused on:

  • Delivering high-quality care to patients and families facing serious illness
  • Contributing to innovations in medicine through research
  • Improving palliative care skills for medical students, postgraduate trainees, faculty and staff

Advanced Practice Providers (APP)


Mary Bickley, APRN-CNP


Kyle Bowman, APRN-CNP


Jennifer Browning, APRN-CNP

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Karen Beth Clark, APRN-CNP


Sarah Everhart, APRN-CNP


Militsa Gregg, APRN-CNP


Jayde Lively, APRN-CNP


Stephanie Myers, APRN-CNP

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Robin Vachon-Kraut, APRN-CNP


Shannon Van Schaik, APRN-CNP

Cosette Tolley

Cosette Tolley


Social Workers

Gary West, LISW, ACHP-SW 

LuAnn Reed, MSW, LSW, ACHP-SW 

Sarah Schmidt, LISW/LPCC


Gary Houchard, PharmD

Justin Kullgren, PharmD, CPE

Maureen Saphire, PharmD, BCGP, CDP

Kyle Quirk, PharmD

Jessica Hirsch, PharmD

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