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Janet Bull, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Four Seasons

Janet Bull, MD FAAHPM is the Chief Medical Officer at Four Seasons Compassion for Life and holds a consultant assistant professorship in the internal medicine department at Duke University Medical Center. She is a clinical instructor in Medicine at UNC- CH Henderson Family Practice Residency Program.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and a frequent speaker at both state and national meetings.

Janet's past positions included Advisor to the Hospice Intermediary Advisory Committee, Chair of the AAHPM Research Committee as well as Chair of the Chief Medical Officers group of the National Hospice Work Group. Currently, she serves on the steering committee for the Palliative Care Cooperative Group and is Chair of the Membership Committee. She is a current Board Member for AAHPM.

Janet has been an Associate Editor of PC-FACS since 2008, and has authored or coauthored several papers on palliative care and quality data reporting.  She directs the research department at Four Seasons and has served as the Principle Investigator on over 41 clinical trials in hospice and palliative medicine. She is Program Director of the Palliative Care Immersion Course and directs Four Seasons’ Center of Excellence which offers consulting services in hospice, palliative care, and research.  She was the recipient of the Sharon O. Dixon Award in 2007, the Cuniff-Dixon Hastings Award in 2012, and the Josephino Magno Distinguished Physician Award in 2013. Most recently, she is a nominee for the Top 25 Visionaries in the Field award by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

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John Morris, MD
VP Clinical Outreach,
Palliative Care Medical Director
Four Seasons

John Morris MD FAAHPM is the Medical Director of Palliative Care at Four Seasons and Co-Director with Dr Bull of the Palliative Care Immersion course.  Dr Morris started the Four Seasons Palliative Care hospital program in 2003.  He graduated from Vanderbilt University and the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship at Wake Forest University.  Dr Morris practiced pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine before devoting himself to Palliative Medicine.  Dr Morris is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  He is a Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians and a Fellow of the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  He is a Clinical Instructor in Medicine at UNC-CH for the Hendersonville Family Practice Residency.  Dr Morris speaks locally, regionally and nationally on palliative medicine topics.  He is the Sharon O. Dixon Award winner in 2011 for clinical excellence.  He has seen the palliative care program grow to serve 4 hospitals and many nursing homes, ALF's, homes and clinics in 5 counties in NC.  The Four Seasons Palliative care program won the prestigious Circle of Life award for innovation in 2009.

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Sandra Whitlock, MD
Palliative Care Physician
Four Seasons

Sandra Whitlock, MD has been a palliative care physician with Four Seasons since 2011.  She received her medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  Following internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago, she completed the Harvard Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship.  After fellowship, she practiced as a palliative medicine attending at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and served as an Instructor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School.  While at MGH, Dr. Whitlock was active in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows.  During her time in Boston, she also completed the Harvard Medical Ethics Fellowship.  Dr. Whitlock currently serves as a palliative care consultant at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC and the Assistant Program Director for the Asheville Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship.  She also remains active in teaching UNC medical students, family practice residents, and geriatric fellows at Mission Hospital.  She is an instructor of the Four Seasons Palliative Care Immersion Course, which draws participants at local, regional, and national levels.

Rikki Nugent is a FNP

Rikki Hooper, FNP-BC
Palliative Care Provider
Four Seasons

Rikki Nugent Hooper, FNP-BC is the team leader with the Palliative Care Team.  Rikki is certified in Advanced Hospice and Palliative Nursing and provides care for patients in all settings, both pediatric and adult. She has presented at both regional and national meetings on a variety of topics. She also serves on the AAHPM Task Force for Quality.

As an RN, she worked in oncology and in critical care prior to becoming a FNP.  As an FNP, she worked in critical care, sleep and pulmonary medicine before coming to Four Seasons.