Warren Wheeler, MD
In 2013, Warren Wheeler, MD was recognized as one of the 30 Most Influential Leaders in Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). The visionaries included hospice pioneers such as Cicely Saunders, Elisabeth Kubler Ross and former president Ronald Reagan. Dr. Wheeler was one in the first group of physicians to become certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Wheeler pioneered the development of two hospice programs in Columbus as founding volunteer medical director. He is the founding president of Ohio Pain Initiative (formerly the Ohio Cancer Pain Initiative). Here he assisted in passage of H.B. 343 in April 1994, for physician’s legal right to assuage the pain and suffering of the terminally ill without being held liable for subsequent death. He then worked with the legislature and regulators in passage of H.B. 187, the chronic intractable pain bill, to make it legal for physicians to prescribe scheduled drugs on a chronic basis to patients with chronic intractable non-malignant pain.
In 1975, Dr. Wheeler completed a two-year fellowship in medical oncology at MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, Houston, Texas. For 27 years, he practiced medical oncology in Columbus, Ohio of which 25 years were combined with Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Wheeler voluntarily taught end-of-life care to Ohio State University medical students and pain and palliative medicine to senior medical classes.
Catrisha Cabanilla-Del Mundo, DO
Dr. Cabanilla-Del Mundo accepted the position of Medical Director with Nathan Adelson Hospice with completion of her Fellowship in the Nathan Adelson Hospice Osteopathic Hospice and Palliative Medicine Program in 2015.
She completed her Family Medicine Residency at Valley Hospital Medical Center after obtaining her Doctor of Osteopathy at Touro Unversity – Nevada. Dr Cabanilla-Del Mundo obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at University of California-Riverside.
Dr. Cabanilla-Del Mundo is a member of the Nevada osteopathic Medical Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and American Osteopathic Association.
Christine M. Estrada, DO, MPH, MBA, HMDC
Dr. Christine Estrada is board certified in family medicine with a certificate of added qualification in hospice and palliative medicine. In 2007, she completed a fellowship program in hospice and palliative medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTSC) at Universal Health in Fort Worth, Texas and then acted as director of the fellowship during the following two years. She has been practicing palliative medicine as a subspecialist for the last 10 years and has experience in all settings, including hospital, office-based, SNFs, ALFs, and residential. Dr. Estrada was awarded a faculty scholarship for the 2007-2008 Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP) Program at Harvard Medical School. In 2008 and 2015, she attended training at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) Hospice Medical Director Course, and she recently participated on the AAHPM’s Fellowship Grant Task Force, a national committee that awards funding for palliative medicine fellowship positions through various award programs. In 2015, she obtained her Hospice Medical Director Certification through the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board, a credential that signifies professional competence, established standards, awareness of complex and ever-changing regulations, and ethical practice of the hospice physician.
Dr. Estrada is the Executive Medical Director of Palliative Care Services for the Elaine Wynn Palliative Care Program, and she is a medical director at Nathan Adelson Hospice.
Ferozan Malal, MD, HMD
Ferozan Malal, MD, HMD is a Medical Director at Nathan Adelson Hospice. She is a board certified hospice and palliative care physician and hospice medical director. In addition, she is a board certified internal medicine physician and a med-spa physician. Dr. Malal obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree at Silesia Medical Academy in Katowice, Poland and trained in internal medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois.
Dr. Malal has been practicing in Las Vegas, Nevada since 2005 at United Healthcare where she worked as the Associate Medical Director of Hospice and Palliative Care. During this period, she also worked as an acute hospitalist for Southwest Medical Associates where she managed patients in the emergency room, intensive care units and the general medical and surgical wards. She has published several articles, been involved in research and served as the President of the Society of Hospital Medicine, Las Vegas Chapter.
Dr. Malal’s interests include end-of-life issues, advanced directives, and doing missionary work abroad. She speaks English, Farsi, Spanish and Hindi. As a mother and compassionate physician, her motto is, “In any given condition, live best!”
Emily Brown, APRN, FNP-BC
Emily Brown, APRN, FNP-BC
Emily Brown received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nevada State College and her Master of Science in Nursing from UNLV. She is an ANCC Board-certified family nurse practitioner with over seven years of hospice and palliative care experience, and is a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.
Jessica Doolan, APN
Jessica Doolen received her Bachelor of Science and Master’s in Nursing at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her PhD in Nursing Education at the University of Northern Colorado. Since 2005 she has been an instructor, lecturer and clinical simulation coordinator at the School of Nursing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she received a Teacher of the Year award. Ms. Doolen’s experience outside of academic teaching includes working at Basic High School’s Health Clinic, Huntridge Teen Clinic and ongoing volunteer work at Helping Kids Clinic. She has presented at National Conferences, has published research, and is involved in ongoing research support.
Lorraine Goodwin, APN
Lorraine Goodwin received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University of Bridgeport, her Master of Science in Nursing at Loyola University and her Family Nurse Practitioner Post Masters Certificate at University of Arizona. Ms. Goodwin has over 30 years of nursing experience. Most recently, she was a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at San Diego Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine. Prior to that, she was a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at Scripps Mercy Hospital.
Rose A. Kutilek, APN
Rose A. Kutilek receved her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at MacMurray College and her Master of Science in Nursing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and an Oncology Certified Nurse with over 20 years of nursing experience. Prior to Nathan Adelson Hospice, Ms. Kutilek was employed at Central Illinois Hematology/Oncology Center in Springfield, Illinois where she practiced palliative care.
Jennifer Poplawski, APRN
Jennifer Poplawski received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nevada State College and her Master of Science in Adult/Gerontological Nursing from the University of South Alabama. She brings to Nathan Adelson Hospice several years of experience in hospice and palliative care. Prior to becoming a hospice Nurse Practitioner in 2014, Jennifer worked as a hospice nurse providing care to patients and families in all aspects of their hospice experience – from the admissions process through home care. She is a member of the Nevada Advance Practice Nurse Association and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.