Rodney Craggs, Kristy Deep, Edward Dunn, Christian Furman, Debra Gleason, Ann Hamric, Stephen Hanson, Abigail Latimer, Cecil Peppiatt III, Lindsay Ragsdale, Mark Rothstein, Rebecca Yarrison

Rodney Craggs, MDiv, BCC

Staff Chaplain, Pediatric Oncology
Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Unit
Norton Children’s Hospital and Norton Children's Cancer Institute
Louisville, Kentucky

Rev. Craggs joined Norton Healthcare after serving as a chaplain in hospices and hospitals in Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana, and Kentucky. He has more than 20 years of experience as a chaplain in end-of-life care, trauma, ethical issues, and advance directives.

He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer having served in Liberia, West Africa.

Rev. Craggs holds a BS from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, and the MDiv from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. He is enrolled in the Master of Bioethics Program at University of Louisville.

He is an ordained Baptist minister and endorsed through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He also is a board-certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Rev. Craggs is Vice Chair of the Norton Children’s Hospital Ethics Committee and conducts ethics consults for the pediatric patients at Norton Children’s Hospital.

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Kristy Deep, MD, MA, FACP

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Deep completed all of her clinical training at UK including an academic medicine fellowship with a Master's degree in Educational Policy and Evaluation.

Her clinical interests are doctor-patient communication and palliative care. Kristy is co-chair of the UK Healthcare Opioid Stewardship Committee.

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Edward Dunn, MD, ScD

Medical Director, Palliative Medicine Service
Norton Healthcare
Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. Dunn practiced cardiovascular and thoracic surgery for 20 years in Cincinnati, Ohio, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He began studying health policy and management while in practice by completing the executive MBA program at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and continued with an MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School and a ScD in health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He served as a RWJ Health Policy Fellow in Washington, DC, as a legislative staff member for the Democratic majority on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in Senator Edward Kennedy's office, chair.

After practicing general thoracic surgery and starting the patient safety program at the Cambridge Health Alliance, he joined the Veterans Health Administration as Director of Policy and Clinical Affairs at the VA National Center for Patient Safety in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He then joined the Lexington VAMC as Associate Chief of Staff for Quality and Patient Safety which became the Chief of Performance Improvement with re-organization. He also assumed responsibilities as director of the Systems Redesign program, chair of the integrated ethics leadership council, senior consultant in the ethics consultation program, and senior member of the preventive ethics committee in Lexington. He completed a VA-funded fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics Consultation at the MacLean Center of Ethics at the University of Chicago. He managed the Integrated Ethics Programs in Lexington and was the senior clinical ethics consultant.

Dr. Dunn was a staff physician on the Hospice & Palliative Medicine service providing inpatient and outpatient medical care. He completed a fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at Wright State University and achieved certification in Hospice & Palliative Medicine by the American Board of Surgery.

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Christian Furman, MD, MSPH, AGSF

Professor, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
Smock Endowed Chair in Geriatric Medicine
UofL School of Medicine
Medical Director, Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging
Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. Furman earned an MD from the UofL School of Medicine. She completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine followed by a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the UofL Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. She earned an MSPH from the UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences.

She is board certified in geriatric medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.

Her research focuses on palliative medicine in the nursing home setting. She was awarded a Geriatric Academic Career Award to teach palliative medicine to interdisciplinary teams in 2004. In 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services selected Dr. Furman as the only Kentuckian among 73 national health care professionals to participate in the CMS Innovation Advisors Program. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Geriatrics Society in 2013.

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Debra Gleason, MSW, MSN, RN, CHPN

Director, Palliative Care Services
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Ms. Gleason has over 25 years in the nursing profession, with the past 18 years in the area of hospice and palliative care.

She earned an undergraduate degree in Education from University of Michigan. Continuing her education, she completed a graduate degree in Social Work from Boston University. Her interest in healthcare led her to another graduate degree, this time in nursing leadership and management.

Before moving to Kentucky, Ms. Gleason was the Clinical Manager of Palliative Care at The Denver Hospice. There she led her team to three consecutive HHCAHPS Honor Awards and the Circle of Life Award in 2013. As a member of the CAPC Community-based National Workgroup, she contributed to both the curriculum and guide, which are published on the CAPC website.

Ms. Gleason has given presentations on palliative care, advanced directives, and serious illness communication both locally and nationally and is a member of the Kentucky MOST Coalition.

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Ann Hamric, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor Emeritus
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing
Richmond, Virginia

Dr. Hamric is a retired Professor and formerly the Associate Dean for Academic Programs at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing in Richmond, Virginia. She earned degrees from Vanderbilt University (BSN), the University of California at San Francisco (MS), and the University of Maryland at Baltimore (PhD in nursing with a concentration in ethics).

Her two areas of scholarship include advanced practice nursing and ethics. She has served as senior editor of seven books, including five on advanced practice nursing and two on the clinical nurse specialist role.

In the area of ethics, Dr. Hamric has served on five interdisciplinary ethics committees beginning in 1975 and currently is a member of VCU Health System’s Ethics Committee. She has developed and taught ethics courses at undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. She has worked with interprofessional teams to develop courses and study research ethics. Since 2000, her writing and research have focused on the phenomenon of moral distress, including the first quantitative study of moral distress in physicians (Hamric & Blackhall, CCM, 2007). In 2017, she was awarded the "Ethics of Caring National Leadership Award" by the National Nursing Ethics Conference. She currently serves as the co-Chair of the Bioethics Expert Panel of the American Academy of Nursing.

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Stephen Hanson, PhD

Associate Professor, Philosophy
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. Hanson teaches and publishes in the areas of theories of medical ethics, clinical ethics, end-of-life care, and death and dying.

He is co-director of the Interdisciplinary MA program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities, is a member of UofL’s Institutional Review Boards, and the Ethics Committee at UofL Hospital.

Dr. Hanson earned an MA and PhD from Georgetown University and completed post-doctoral fellowship training in bioethics at UofL.

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Abigail Latimer, LCSW, ACHP-SW

Clinical Social Worker, Adult Palliative Care Team
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Abbie earned a bachelors in Psychology and masters in Social Work at the University of Kentucky and is currently a doctoral candidate in the UK College of Social Work.

She began her social work practice in hospice care, both at home and inpatient setting, as well as a bereavement counselor for children, adults, groups, and parents experiencing perinatal loss.
She transitioned her practice to the community setting as an outpatient psychotherapist with a focus on adolescent and adult substance use disorders. Most recently her work focused on counseling persons with addiction who were seeking medication assisted treatment in recovery.

Currently, Abbie serves as the Clinical Social Worker on the adult Palliative Care Team at the University of Kentucky. She holds an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Work credential with the National Association of Social Work and is an active member of both the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network and National Association of Social Workers in Kentucky.

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Cecil Peppiatt III, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Peppiatt earned an MD from the Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University) in Augusta, Georgia. He completed residency at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

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Lindsay Ragsdale, MD

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Section Chief, Pediatric Palliative Care
Director, Pediatric Advanced Care Team
Kentucky Children's Hospital
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Ragsdale earned an MD from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She completed pediatric residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

She is board certified in both Pediatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

She is the Section Chief and Director of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team and advocates nationally as the past Chair of the Pediatric Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Her research interests include pain management, provider burnout, and self care.

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Mark Rothstein, JD

Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine Director, Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Professor, Law
University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
Adjunct Professor, Public Health
University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences
Louisville, Kentucky

Mark Rothstein earned a JD degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Professor Rothstein has concentrated his research on bioethics, genetics, health privacy, public health law, and employment law. He served as Chair of the Subcommittee on Privacy and Confidentiality of the National Committee on Vital Health Statistics, the statutory advisory committee to the Secretary of Health and Human Service on health information policy. He is past president of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics. He serves as Public Health Ethics Editor for the American Journal of Public Health, and he writes a regular column on Bioethics for the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Additionally Mr. Rothstein has authored 19 books and over 250 articles on his areas of research.

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Rebecca Yarrison, PhD

Associate Professor, Program for Bioethics, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Nursing, and Philosophy
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Yarrison graduated with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Philosophy. She earned a PhD in philosophy and a graduate certificate in the study of Women, Gender and Sexuality from Rice University after completing the clinical ethics track, a joint program between Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine.

Before coming to the University of Kentucky, Dr. Yarrison was Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics at Baylor College of Medicine where she co-coordinated the Ethics Program at the Methodist Hospital, Texas Medical Center and was responsible for aspects of both graduate and undergraduate medical ethics education.

At UK, Dr. Yarrison is a clinical ethics consultant covering all of UK Healthcare and is responsible for ethics-related education at all levels of the institution.

She has given numerous presentations, both nationally and internationally, on a wide variety of ethics-related topics.

Dr. Yarrison is the founding Director of the Kentucky Healthcare Ethics Consortium (KYHEC).

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