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Our Mission

Physician Associates in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (PAHPM) is a non-profit Specialty Organization affiliated with the American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA). Members practice in clinical, research, and education settings.

The mission of the organization is to educate PAs on the fields of Palliative and Hospice medicine in the care of Serious Illness patient populations, to enhance this area of medicine through the utilization of PAs in optimal team practice, and to advocate for PAs in policy arenas on state and national levels and on all levels of care.

This site is dedicated to PAs practicing Hospice and Palliative Medicine and those who want to know more about this field.

"Our lives are a story and endings matter." ~Atul Gawande

Current PAHPM Board Members: (2023/2024)

Current President: Jeanine Smith, MS, PA-C

President Elect: Ryan Baldeo, PA-C

Vice President: Betsy Fricklas, PA-C

Immediate Past President:  Lori Weber, PA-C

 Jeff Myers, MPH, MMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Treasurer: Jennifer Wang, PA-C
Director at Large, Pediatrics: Rebekah Halpern, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA

Director at Large, Adult: Jack Kimball, PA-C

Student Board Members: Mira Bhattacharya,  PA-S2

Committee Chairs:

Education: Judy Knudson, PA-C

Outreach: Tracey Piparo, MS, PA-C

Advocacy: Sarah Blake, PA-C

Pediatric Palliative Care: Rebekah Halpern, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA