Program Staff

Medical College of Wisconsin Palliative Care Center Program Staff

Pictured - Top Row: Sean Marks, MD, Krista Wiger, MD, Katie Recka, MD, Jo Weis, PhD, Jonathan Gully, MD,
Row 2: Rose Hackbarth,
Bottom Row, Ann Catlett, MD, Wendy Peltier, MD, Margaret Donegan, RN, and Tiffany Wolfgram, R
Not pictured: Lauren Wiebe, MD

Physicians

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Wendy Peltier, MD

Wendy Peltier, MD

Dr. Peltier is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Section Head of the Palliative Care Center in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. She has extensive background in medical education, leadership and neuromuscular neurology. She brings these skills to palliative care in the areas of clinical pathways and teaching communication skills. Her research interests are in quality improvement and the development of models for 'upstream' palliative care in serious illness including lung cancer, brain injury and advanced heart failure.

Jonathan Gully, MD

Jonathan Gully, MD

Dr. Gully is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Division of Hematology & Oncology, specializing in Palliative Medicine. He joined the MCW in 2009 after completing his fellowship in palliative medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Sean Marks, MD

Sean Marks, MD

Dr. Marks is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Division of Hematology & Oncology, specializing in palliative medicine. He graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2004 and then completed an internal medicine residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in 2007. After completing his fellowship in palliative medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2008, he continued on as faculty. He is the course director of the palliative medicine medical school curriculum for the M3 and M4 students. He has an interest in mood disorders in the terminally ill and palliative medicine in HIV populations.

Katherine A. Recka, MD

Katherine Recka, MD

Katherine Recka, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Division of Hematology and Oncology, specializing in hospice and palliative medicine at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. She graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2006. Dr. Recka completed a residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics through the Medical College of Wisconsin and Affiliated Hospitals in 2010 and a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Michigan in 2011. Dr. Recka is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and has an interest in bioethics and in quality improvement.

Mary Rhodes, MD

Mary Rhodes, MD

Dr. Rhodes is an Instructor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, specializing in Palliative Medicine. She completed medical school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, followed by Internal Medicine residency training at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. She joined the faculty in 2014 after completing a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Wisconsin. She has an interest in improving palliative care access, particularly for patients with limited English proficiency.

Elizabeth Thiel, MD

Elizabeth Thiel, MD

Dr. Thiel is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Division of Hematology & Oncology, specializing in palliative medicine. She completed medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2004, followed by a pediatric residency and a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship both at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Desiring further skills in caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses, Dr. Thiel completed sub-specialty training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2011. She is board certified in Pediatrics and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Jo Weis, PhD

Jo Weis, PhD

Jo Weis is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is also Director of Behavioral Medicine for Palliative Medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital. She collaborates with a multi-disciplinary team of physicians and nurses who administer to palliative care patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She is one of the research clinicians pioneering the use of imagery rescripting and reprocessing therapy as a treatment modality for persons with posttraumatic stress disorder. Her research interests in addition to posttraumatic stress disorder include psychological issues and resilience at end-of-life, and supervision of oncology and palliative fellows.

Krista Wiger, MD

Krista Wiger, MD

Dr. Wiger is an MCW staff physician with board certifications in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She completed her palliative care fellowship with the MCW Palliative Care Center and, in addition to her work with the MCW Primary Care Initiative, also attends on the palliative care consult service.

David E. Weissman, MD - Emeritus

David E. Weissman, MD - Emeritus

Dr. Weissman is the founding Director of the Palliative Care Center and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology & Oncology. He is nationally recognized for his pioneering work designing and implementing novel health professional education strategies for pain management and palliative care. Dr. Weissman is a consultant to the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and numerous medical schools, helping to develop palliative care teaching resources for the next generation of physicians. He is currently funded by the Y.C. Ho/Helen Chiang Foundation to improve medical school education, the JEHT Foundation in support of the Palliative Care Leadership Center Project and CAPC, in support of education product development. Dr. Weissman is Co-Director of EPERC (End of Life Palliative Education Resource Center) - a national resource center for high quality, peer reviewed End of Life educational materials. Dr. Weissman was also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the medical journal, Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Nursing Staff

Margaret Donegan, MSN, GNP-BC, ACHPN

Margaret Donegan is a nurse practitioner with post masters' certification in gerontology and hospice and palliative nursing. She provides evidenced-based physical, psychosocial and emotional care to patients in the hospital and outpatient settings. Patients are assessed for symptom needs and support while making treatment decisions. Margaret is also an instructor for palliative care course work offered to staff nurses at Froedtert Hospital. She has over 30 years of acute and community health care experience. Margaret is a member of the National Conference of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners (NCGNP), Milwaukee Metro Nurse Practitioners (MMNP) and the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association (HPNA).

Tiffany Wolfgram, MSN, RN, APNP

Tiffany Marbach joined the Palliative Care Center as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Medical College of Wisconsin in November 2010. As a member of the palliative care team, she collaborates with other team members to provide compassionate care to patients. She provides advanced nursing care to meet the many needs of her patients and their families, especially focusing on their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual concerns. Tiffany's background includes five years of oncology nursing experience in a variety of settings including pediatric oncology, pediatric inpatient and outpatient bone marrow transplant, and adult outpatient oncology. Tiffany is an active member of the Wisconsin Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (WIACNS), the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA).

Joscelyne Dracca, MSN, RN, APNP

Joscelyne Dracca joined the Palliative Care Center as a Nurse Practitioner at the Medical College of Wisconsin in January 2013. As a member of the palliative care team, she collaborates with other team members to provide compassionate care to patients and their families, especially focusing on their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual concerns. Joscelyne's background includes four years as a general surgery and surgical oncology nurse and she is a Certified Medical Surgical RN. She holds a Master's degree in Nursing with a specialty in gerontology and hs been practicing palliative care since 2011. She is an active member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) and has served as an instructor for palliative care course work for Froedtert nurses.

Catherine Van Schyndle, APNP

Catherine Van Schyndle joined the Palliative Care Center as a Nurse Practitioner at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2013. As a member of the palliative care team, she collaborates with other team members to provide compassionate care to patients. She provides advanced nursing care to meet the many needs of her patients and their families, especially focusing on their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual concerns.

Research and Administration

Rose Hackbarth, Program Coordinator

Rose joined the Palliative Care Program in September of 1998. Her responsibilities include Program Coordinator for the Palliative Care Faculty, Coordinator for the Annual Great Lakes Regional Palliative Care Conference" coordination of other on-going programs. As well as Course Coordinator for the Palliative Care elective for M4 students, Internal Medicine residents and visiting physicians, Web site editor, and administrator of the center's grants and contracts.

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