Senior Director of Palliative Medicine

Warren L. Wheeler, MD, completed a 2 year fellowship in medical oncology at MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, Houston, Texas in 1975.  Until April 2002, he practiced medical oncology in Columbus, Ohio for the past 27 years, of which 25 years had been combined with hospice and palliative medicine. He was one in the first group of physicians to take the boards and become certified in hospice and palliative medicine. He pioneered the development of two hospice programs in Columbus as founding volunteer medical director.

Warren Wheeler, MD, voluntarily taught end of life care to OSU medical students for twenty- three years and thirteen years, pain and palliative medicine to the DOC 3 senior medical class.  He is 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.

Dr. Wheeler is a member of several local and national associations, including the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and American Society of Clinical Oncology. He has published several original papers in medical journals on palliative care, hospice, and cancer pain and lectured nationally to the medical and scientific community.  At present, he is Senior Medical Director of Palliative Medicine at Nathan Adelson Hospice, Las Vegas, Nevada; and adjunct associate professor Touro University, Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine. He serves as a faculty member for the Fellowship Program.