Wendy Walters, LICSW, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital

Wendy Walters, LICSW, is a clinical ethics consultant with more than 30 years of experience in supporting patients, family members and healthcare professionals coping with end of life. She has worked extensively at opposite ends of the spectrum of how people die – from her first 17 years as a hospice social worker, through the …

Terry Stancin, PhD, ABPP, The MetroHealth System

A decade ago, Terry Stancin, PhD, ABPP, got a call from a physician colleague who had recently opened a clinic serving LGBT adults. He had encountered a gender non-conforming pediatric patient and admitted to Terry that he didn’t know quite what to do. Terry, who describes herself as a bit of an “improv psychologist,” didn’t really know either, so she wen …

Lolita Roland, RN, CARN, Cambridge Health Alliance

When she was young, Lolita (Lola) Roland, RN, CARN, wanted to be a dancer, but in the eighth grade, a preacher told her, “God has something better for you.” She took his message to heart. Lola has been caring for patients with substance use disorders since long before the opioid epidemic came into the national spotlight. After …

Pat O’Malley, MD, MassGeneral Hospital for Children

As the medical director of the Pediatric Palliative Care service at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Pat O’Malley, MD, cares for children who face the uncertainty of serious and often life-limiting illness. Over the years, patients, parents and colleagues alike have felt comforted by her ability to discover hope, meaning and even joy while accompanying children through …

Emergency Medical Response Team, NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital

On October 31, 2017, New York City suffered a devastating attack when a terrorist driving a rented truck swerved into a pedestrian bike path killing eight people and injuring many more. Within minutes, NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, the only acute care hospital serving Lower Manhattan, received its first two patients and the hospital’s emergency medical response team …

Glen Komatsu, MD, Providence St. Joseph Health

Decades into a successful career as a neonatologist, Glen Komatsu, MD, became increasingly disturbed with a medical culture that fought to save every life without attention to the quality of that life. Searching for a more humane way to tend to the needs of his seriously ill young patients and their families, he discovered his true calling, …