Palliative Care Experts
Thomas Smith, M.D., the Harry J. Duffey Family Professor of Palliative Medicine Professor of Oncology and Director of Palliative Medicine. Dr. Smith has a national and international reputation as one of the foremost leaders in the field of palliative care. He is board certified in both oncology and pain/palliative medicine, with research focused on neuropathic pain, care at the end of life, and bending the cost curve in patients with life limiting conditions.
Sydney Dy, M.D., M.Sc., Director, Research Operations. A member of the Johns Hopkins faculty since 2001, Dr. Dy holds joint appointments in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy Management, and in the Department of Medicine. Sydney is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and has extensive experience in palliative care quality standards and quality improvement, and in research in symptom management and quality of care.
Suzanne Amato Nesbit, Pharm.D., BCPS, Clinical Specialist in Pain Management for the Duffey Pain and Palliative Care Program and the Department of Pharmacy. She has been awarded the Jennifer L. Brager Memorial Clinical Research Award from the Kimmel Cancer Center to develop and study the use of pictographs to help patients communicate their pain to health care providers. With Stuart A. Grossman, M.D., she developed the Hopkins Opioid Program, a PDA- and Web-based application which performs opioid equianalgesic conversions.
Lynn Billing, BSN, CHPN, Nurse Coordinator. Lynn’s Johns Hopkins experience includes primary nurse in the outpatient department, research nurse for hematological malignancies, and as a nurse pain specialist for the Cancer Pain Service. She also has experience as a home hospice nurse. Lynn has advanced certification in hospice and palliative care and pain management. She is a graduate of the Program in Palliative Care Education and Practice offered by Harvard Medical School.
Rhonda Cooper, M.Div., Kimmel Cancer Center Chaplain. Rhonda is an ordained United Methodist minister. Her past experience includes 17 years as a church pastor, and chaplaincy service in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In her present role, she works with patients, families and staff and continues to be amazed by the courage and faith of the individuals she serves in this setting.
Julie Waldfogel, PharmD, CPE - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pain and Palliative Care.
Julie is a pharmacist and member of the Duffey Pain and Palliative Care Service, specializing in the pharmacologic management of pain and other symptoms. Her research interests include the pharmacologic management of neuropathic pain, health literacy and medication safety.
Michelle Churchill - Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care
Marshall Gold - Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care
Kristine Harrington, Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care
Denise Longo-Schoeberlein, Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care
Catherine Buckley Saiki, Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care
Melissa Spriggs, Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care