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Our Mission

Physician Assistants in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (PAHPM) is a non-profit Specialty Organization affiliated with the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 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: (2020/2021)

Current President: Kathy Kemle, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA 

President Elect: Vacant

Vice President: Donna Seton, MS, PAC

Immediate Past President: Jeff Myers, MMSc, MIH, PA-C
Executive Director:
Nadya Dimitrov, DPM, PA-C, DFAAPA
Rose Direny-Jean, PA-C

Treasurer: Richard Lamkin, PA-C, MPH
Director at Large: Holly Pilewski, MAPS, PA-C

Student Board Members: Anna Anthony, PAS & Mikayla Konecny, PAS

Committee Chairs:

Education: Tracey Piparo, MS, PA-C

Outreach: Lorie Weber, MS, PA-C

Advocacy: Betsy Fricklas, MS, PA-C

Pediatric Palliative Care: Rebekah Halpern, MS, PA-C