Ross Albert, MD, PHD

Dr. Albert has understood the importance of compassion and empathy in care at the end of life since his residency serving a diverse patient population near Philadelphia. Colleagues describe him as a physician who “cares for the whole family while treating the one patient who is in crisis,” and as a leader and an advocate “spreading the philosophy of palliative care both within and without the hospital.”

Rashmi Sharma, MD, MHS

Dr. Sharma is passionate about caring for diverse patient populations and helping patients to receive care concordant with their values and goals while supporting families in a culturally sensitive way. As a medical educator, she teaches about end-of-life communication skills and cross-cultural issues at the end of life.

Keith M. Swetz, MD, MA, FACP, FAAHPM

Dr. Swetz, who has a master’s degree in bioethics and health policy from Loyola University Chicago, has a strong interest in ethical decision-making, particularly as it relates to advanced medical technologies. He has written more than 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts and given more than 150 educational presentations related to these topics.

Bruce E. Condit, MD, FHM

The 2015 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards in the mid-career category honor Bruce E. Condit, MD, FHM, medical director of palliative care and an attending physician at the Central Maine Medical Center and medical director of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, an outpatient hospice team, both in Lewiston . The selection committee commended him for “creating something from nothing” by bringing palliative care to urban and rural Maine.

David N. Korones, MD

Dr. Korones “has a lot of experience and knowledge at technical levels in oncology, but what really singles him out is his ability to engage with patients and their families and help them make good medical decisions in challenging circumstances,” wrote Timothy E. Quill, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, the Georgia and Thomas Gosnell Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care and Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Medical Humanities at the University of Rochester, in support of his nomination.

Mary K. Buss, MD, MPH

Dr. Buss joined the palliative care service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2007 and in 2013 she launched the outpatient palliative care clinic, staffed by a multidisciplinary team. The clinic sees patients referred with complicated symptoms, psychosocial/spiritual distress, and complex medical decision-making needs.

Laura M. Iglesias Lino, MD

Since early in her career, Dr. Iglesias Lino has found working with vulnerable populations especially rewarding. Naturally drawn to caring for the elderly, she completed her fellowship in geriatrics and saw the need for palliative care in many of her frail and frequently homebound patients. Her response was to pursue board certification in hospice and palliative care.

Shaida Talebreza, MD

Dr. Talebreza works closely with the VA National Center for Ethics in Health Care to develop new practices for ensuring that the values, goals, and life-sustaining treatment decisions of seriously ill patients are elicited, documented, and honored.

Jeanette S. Ross

The 2014 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards in the early career category honor Jeanette S. Ross, MD, AGSF, FAAHPM, staff physician in geriatrics and palliative care at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio and director of …