Gregory P. Gramelspacher, MD – Program Director
Gregory P. Gramelspacher, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Gramelspacher received his undergraduate degree in government and international relations from the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from Indiana University. Following an internal medicine residency at the University of Michigan, Dr. Gramelspacher served for two years with the National Health Service Corps in Appalachia. He then completed a fellowship in medical ethics at the University of Chicago’s MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics before joining the Department of Medicine at Indiana University.
In addition to founding the Program in Medical Ethics at IUSM, Dr. Gramelspacher is active in teaching, service and research. His research interests include medical professionalism and the doctor-patient relationship, hospice and palliative care, health care for the underserved and global health. He served as the team leader of the IU-Kenya program in Eldoret, Kenya from 1996-97. Currently, he is the director of the Palliative Care Program at Eskenazi Health and the associate director of the Palliative Medicine Fellowship at IUSM.
Lyle Fettig, MD – Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director – IU School of Medicine Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship
Lyle Fettig, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Medicine/Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He is assistant medical director of the Eskenazi Palliative Care Program and is medical director of the IUSM Palliative Medicine Fellowship. He has interests in education to improve the communication skills of clinicians and care of underserved populations. He currently serves as a principal educator for an IU Health Values Grant which offers intensive communication workshops for fellowship level physicians and nurse practitioners.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine – Rafael D. Rosario MD
Dr. Rafael Rosario is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the School of Medicine’s Palliative Care and Medical Ethics Fellowship. He graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and did volunteer work with the Jesuit Volunteer Corp and traveled extensively in Central America before turning his focus toward medicine. He attended medical school in Dayton, Ohio at Wright State School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Palliative Medicine Fellowship followed which he completed in 2009 prior to joining the Indiana University School of Medicine Faculty. He shares management of Wishard Hospital’s Circle of Life award winning Palliative Medicine consult service. He serves as an ethics consultant and plays an active medical education role for the spectrum of learners at IU, medical students to fellows. His educational focus aims to highlight communication challenges, specifically around better transition and integration of end of life care in spite of demographic, cultural and financial obstacles. His medical interests include how cultural and communications differences affect the patient-doctor relationship and one’s end-of-life care decision making.
Claire A. Willard, MD – Assistant Professor of Medicine, Physician – Palliative Care Program
Dr. Claire Willard is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, Dr. Willard spent three years working as a research technician at Indiana University. She then attended medical school in Indianapolis at Indiana University School of Medicine where she also completed her residency in Internal Medicine. In June of 2015, Dr. Willard graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. Immediately after the fellowship completion, Dr. Willard joined the Indiana University School of Medicine Faculty and the Eskenazi Palliative Medicine consult service. She will complete a fellowship in Ethics during the 2015-2016 academic year with hopes to further advance a curriculum for educating medical students in communication.