Our Team


Dr Kamal is the Physician Quality and Outcomes Officer for the Duke Cancer Institute (DCI).  He has dual appointments in the Division of Medical Oncology and Section of Palliative Care at Duke University.  As a board-certified palliative medicine physician and medical oncologist, Dr. Kamal studies the link between delivery of high quality palliative care and improved patient, caregiver, and health system outcomes.  He has research funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Cambia Health Foundation, and CMS Centers for Innovation. Dr. Kamal serves in several national capacities in the areas of healthcare quality and palliative care.  He is the Chair Elect for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Committee and Co-Chairs the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) e-Measures Workgroup.  He is an active member of ASCO’s Supportive Care Advisory Group and Palliative Care Quality Measures Committee, and AAHPM’s Quality Committee and Research Committee.  He has also served on the AMA-PCPI Outcomes Task Force and Technical Expert Panels for the AAHPM Measuring What Matters Initiative and The Joint Commission’s Palliative Care Quality Measures project.  He was recently selected to the National Quality Forum Palliative and End of Life Care Standing Committee.

Dr. Kamal completed Internal Medicine residency and Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic – Rochester, MN and Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Duke University.  He holds a Masters in Health Sciences in Clinical Research from the Duke Clinical Research Training Program and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.

Arif Kamal, MD, MBA, MHS


Biography coming soon

Richard Lamkin, PA-C


Dr Shanafelt currently serves as Stanford Medicine’s Chief Wellness Officer and as Director for the WellMD Center at Stanford Medicine. Prior to his move to Stanford, Tait joined the faculty of the Mayo Clinic Division of Hematology in 2005 and was a Professor of Medicine and Hematology and served as president of the Mayo Clinic staff from 2013-2016. His focus on physician wellness began in 2001 when he published a ground-breaking study that launched a national conversation about the problem and its impact on care.  He has subsequently published over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts and research studies on the topic and is considered one of the pioneers of the field.  The burnout trend, Tait says, is “eroding the soul of medicine.” His research in this area has involved physicians at all stages of their career, from medical school to practice, and has included several multi-center and national studies.

Tait Shanafelt, MD

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Dr Rodgers completed his medical degree at the Medical College of Ohio and his residency training at U-M. He is committed to the full spectrum of family medicine, including his special clinical interests of cardiovascular disease, palliative medicine, disease prevention and outpatient procedures. Dr. Rodgers became the first faculty member of any U-M department to be named fellow in the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He received the Dean's Award for Community Service, and was the recipient of the Medical School Community Service Award. He is the first Department of Family Medicine faculty member to receive the award, which began in 2001.

Phil Rodgers, MD, FAAHPM

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Dr Myers' research interests are broadly in the application of quantitative methods, especially mathematical modeling and decision analysis, to problems in women's health. Recent and current activities include integration of simulation modeling and systematic reviews to inform decisions surrounding cervical, ovarian, and breast cancer prevention and control, screening for postpartum depression, and management of uterine fibroids. His team is also engaged in exploring methods for integrating guidelines development and research prioritization. In addition, he has ongoing collaborations using the tools of decision analysis with faculty in other clinical areas  Research is conducted through the Division of Reproductive Sciences in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Evidence Synthesis Group in the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and the Duke Cancer Institute.  Dr Myers is also the course director for CRP 259, "Decision Sciences in Clinical Research", in Duke's Clinical Research Training Program.

Evan Myers, MD

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Rev. Handzo oversees projects devoted to the strategic assessment, planning and management of chaplaincy services and to developing the evidence for the efficacy of chaplaincy care. Widely regarded as one of the foremost authorities on the deployment and practice of professional healthcare chaplaincy, Rev. Handzo has authored or co-authored over fifty chapters and articles on the practice of spiritual care and chaplaincy care and was the co-principal investigator on a major grant from the John Templeton Foundation investigating the contribution of spiritual care to health care. He is a past president of the Association of Professional Chaplains which in 2011 awarded him the Anton Boisen Professional Service award, its highest honor. He serves on the leadership team of the Global Network for Spirituality and Health and on the Distress Guidelines Panel of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.  The Rev. Handzo is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale University Divinity School. He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Rev. George Handzo, BCC, CSSBB


Dr Bull is the chief medical officer at Four Seasons in Flat Rock, NC. There she has helped Four Seasons launch an integrated, cross-setting, palliative care program; raise daily hospice census from 30 to 300; create a national center for excellence which offers consulting services and a palliative care immersion course; and develop and run a research department. Dr. Bull has served as principle investigator on many clinical trials focused on improving symptoms and quality of life. In 2014, she led the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Grant on Demonstrating the Value of Palliative Care in the Community. She served 7 years on the Steering Committee of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group and is Co-Chair of the Global Palliative Care Quality Alliance.



Ms Dahlin's career has solely focused on hospice and palliative care. After graduate school, Ms. Dahlin directed both an urban hospice in Massachusetts and a community hospice in Oregon. Ms. Dahlin co-founded the MGH Palliative Care Service with Dr. Andrew Billings. She is the Director of Professional Practice at the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association focusing on education, clinical practice, policy, and reimbursement and consultant to the Center to Advance Palliative Care, where she co-leads the community-based palliative care initiative. Her clinical practice is at the North Shore Medical Center as a per diem palliative NP. Ms. Dahlin is a Fellow of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a 2016 recipient of a Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Leadership Scholar Award. She has authored peer review articles, chapters, and curricula as well as presented nationally and internationally.

Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN


Dr Rotella is chief medical officer for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and founder of CatalystHPM,a consulting company. A board certified internist, hospice and palliative medicine specialist, and hospice medical director, he has more than 15 years of experience as a hospice chief medical officer. He helped launch an oncology supportive care clinic, a palliative medicine fellowship, hospice inpatient units and inpatient palliative care services. He is co-author of AAHPM’s Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (for Choosing Wisely) and Measuring What Matters: Top Ranked Quality Indicators for Hospice and Palliative Care from AAHPM and HPNA. He frequently presents at national meetings on quality, professionalism, leadership and communication.

Joseph D. Rotella, MD, MBA, HMDC, FAAHPM

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Ms. Leff is a clinical social worker in Palliative Care at Duke University.

Vickie Leff, LCSW, ACHP-SW, BCD


Ms. Fowler Scullion is the President of the Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists and the Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Bridget Fowler Scullion, PharmD, BCOP