Sean O’Mahony, MB BCh BAO, MS, FAAHPM,
Co-Director, Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program. Dr. O’Mahony is Section Chief of Palliative Medicine at Rush University Medical Center.
He is an academic palliative medicine physician. His clinical, academic and research interests include
the management of pain in patients with chronic mental illnesses and opioid use disorder. He conducts health services research. He is a current co-chair of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and a founding chair of its LGBT Special Interest Group. He has worked on CDC funded efforts to advance best practices for the care of LGBT cancer patients and is conducting research on the needs of LGBT patients with life limiting illnesses and families.
Contact Dr. Sean O’Mahony

Stacie K. Levine, MD, FAAHPM, Co-Director, Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program.
Dr. Levine is Professor of Medicine and Section Chief of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the University of Chicago. She is an experienced mentor of physicians and allied health professionals and
a national leader in geriatrics and palliative medicine with extensive experience in creation and dissemination of competency-based educational programs. Her work focuses on improving care for vulnerable older adults and patients with complex comorbid illnesses. She is a senior mentor for the University of Chicago’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program developing community-based
primary care clinicians in geriatric medicine and palliative medicine, and a supportive network for
older adults in the community. She is a co-investigator on a Health Resources and Services Administration funded project to enhance interdisciplinary education for health care professional
students in underserved areas of Illinois.
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Aliza R. Baron, A. M., Project Coordinator.  Aliza serves as Education Coordinator in the Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the University of Chicago. She has over twenty years’ experience
at the University of Chicago assisting faculty in curriculum development, implementation, research,
and co-authoring publications.  She bring enthusiasm and energy towards the mission of delivering
high quality education, and fostering a supportive network of palliative care providers across health
care disciplines and organizations learning together and from one another.  Contact Aliza Baron

Aziz Ansari, DO, SFHM, FAAHPM, FACP is Associate Professor of Medicine, and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Optimization and Revenue Integrity at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. He is a practicing and board certified hospitalist and palliative care physician. His responsibilities include ensuring that palliative care is being effectively utilized in the medical center, and oversightof the medical center’s care management, utilization review, and clinical documentation improvement programs. He also serves as medical director of the observation unit.  His palliative care education interests are:  communication, opioid management, cultural humility, and the role of palliative care in improving health care delivery.

Marny Fetzer, M.D., ABEM, FACEP, HMDC, Co-Director of the Advanced Practice Palliative
Immersion Training (APPI). 
Dr. Fetzer serves as Palliative Care Medical Director, Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, Mount Prospect, Illinois.  She is a  certified hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) physician. Her interests, writings and research explore the role of HPM within population health, health systems and emergency departments. She is a proponent of palliative workforce development efforts, particularly in the sphere of advance practice professionals.

George Fitchett, D.Min., Ph.D., BCC is Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Religion, Health, and Human Values, Rush University Medical Center and Co-Director Transforming Chaplaincy. George is a national leader in developing a research-informed approach to spiritual care including spiritual care in palliative care. That work includes leading a team that has developed a new model of spiritual assessment for palliative care and supporting the publication of case studies by chaplains working in hospice and palliative care around the world. He also serves as one of the
principal investigators of a NIH-funded study of Dignity Therapy (DT) in palliative care. The study includes examination of chaplain-led DT; one of the first times an NIH study has examined chaplains’ care. His passion includes collaborating with colleagues to use research to advance the quality of spiritual care for all patients and their loved ones, including patients receiving palliative care.

Judith Wood Mintz, MSW, LCSW is the Director of Support Services for Unity Hospice of Chicagoland. She has presented at national and state-wide conferences and  guest-lectured at the School of Social Work: Loyola University Chicago. Judith has a key leadership role in a fast-growing urban hospice. She is a clinical supervisor and sought-after speaker and trainer in her organization and in the community. Her specific area of expertise is in the provision of quality end-of-life and palliative care to an underserved, inner-city population.  She is a powerful advocate for her patients and for the field staff, utilizing the media and the political process to call attention to the unmet social justice needs of the community she serves. Judith lives in Chicago and has two therapy dogs with whom she provides animal assisted interventions to hospice and palliative care patients. Judith also maintains a private practice in psychotherapy for adults and couples, which is in its 25th year. As an advocate for the importance of self care, she makes time for cooking, reading and international travel.

Ellen Norton, MS, APRN, ACHPN-BC, Nurse Practitioner, Co-Director the Advanced Practice
Palliative Immersion Training (APPI). 
Ellen serves as Associate Vice President of AMITA Health Palliative Care. Under her leadership, AMITA Health received the Illinois Hospital Association 2015 Tim Phillips Award for Excellence in Palliative Care.  Ellen is a member of the Ascension Health Palliative Care Advisory Council linking local initiatives and optimizing access to strategic plans of the larger health system. She works to advance palliative medicine throughout the continuum of care including post-acute care partners, and is actively engaged in addressing the palliative medicine work force shortage. She has presented nationally and internationally related to clinical topics with multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary partners in palliative care.

Michael E. Preodor, M.D., F.A.C.P. is an internist specializing in hospice and palliative medicine.  He was Medical Director of Horizon Hospice, Chicago’s first hospice, for twenty years and was its President and CEO for five years. Dr. Preodor is Adjunct Instructor at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University and past director of the EPEC Project (Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care) of the Buehler Center on Aging, Health & Society. He has been a Master Facilitator for the
EPEC Project since 1999. Dr. Preodor was the Director of Palliative Medicine and a member of the Palliative Care Consult Team at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital until his recent retirement. Dr. Preodor continues to mentor new palliative medicine workers. His lifelong goal is to improve care for all those facing serious illness through education and promotion of safe, effective clinical practice.

Karen Pugliese, MA, BCC-PCHAC is an Advanced Practice Chaplain in the Department of Spiritual Care and Education, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Karen served as Board Chair of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains for 6 years and on several collaborative chaplain
organization leadership teams. She is a leader in promoting the profession of chaplaincy and educating on scope of service, best practices, and emerging research in spiritual care. Karen is involved in spiritual care research in palliative care, has participated in published research studies including moral distress, spiritual assessment, and shared decision making and is co-editing a book of case studies on the role of the chaplain in Interprofessional shared decision making. Karen presents regularly at national conferences, seminars and workshops. Her passion includes tending the spiritual well-being of staff –  creating meaningful environments, rituals, retreats and programs
of enrichment and education for a collaborative and resilient workplace.

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