Every patient at Gilchrist Hospice Care is assigned an interdisciplinary team of professionals – nurses, social workers, chaplains and hospice aides – whose care is overseen by one of the organization’s medical director or assistant medical directors. In addition to the director and associate directors, listed below, four additional physicians provide medical leadership for individual teams of hospice clinicians.
Dr. W. Anthony (Tony) Riley, Medical Director
Dr. Riley has been Medical Director of Gilchrist Hospice Care since its inception in 1994 and also serves as Medical Director for Gilchrist Greater Living, a group of physicians who serve frail and elderly patients across the health care continuum – from Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) to nursing homes and assisted living facilities to palliative care, and finally, to hospice. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Geriatrics and a certified Medical Director.
Dr. Aaron Charles, Associate Medical Director, Gilchrist Center
Dr. Charles, a board certified geriatrician and internist, has served as an interdisciplinary team Medical Director for Gilchrist Hospice Care and as a staff geriatrician at GBMC since 2003. Among Dr. Charles’ duties is overseeing the medical care at Gilchrist Center, our premier acute care inpatient facility in Towson, and the interdisciplinary team that cares for Baltimore City residents. Dr. Charles is also a diplomat of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Kendall R. Faulkner, Associate Medical Director, Home Care
Dr. Faulkner oversees all home care patient admissions for Gilchrist Hospice Care. Dr. Faulkner is a board-certified internist whose work in hospice dates back nearly three decades. She worked extensively in the fields of Geriatrics and Hospice prior to coming to Gilchrist in 2005.
A separate interdisciplinary team is assigned to care for our youngest patients through Gilchrist Kids. Medical care for this program is overseen by a team of physicians, which includes a part-time medical director and two program consultants.
Dr. Nancy Hutton, Gilchrist Kids Medical Director
Dr. Hutton, a pediatrician for more than three decades, is nationally-recognized for her leadership in the field of palliative care. In addition to her work as program consultant for Gilchrist Kids, Dr. Hutton serves as medical director of the Harriet Lane Compassionate Care Team, the pediatric palliative medical program at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. She also serves as director of the Intensive Primary Care Clinic at Hopkins, which provides interdisciplinary care for children diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Hutton is a past board member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Jason Fixler, Program Consultant
Dr. Fixler, a board-certified pediatric hematologist and oncologist at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, lends his expertise in those subspecialties to Gilchrist Kids. At the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai, where he directs the department of pediatric hematology and oncology, Dr. Fixler is also responsible for running the Bridge Clinic, which serves pediatric cancer survivors who have been finished with their therapy for two or more years.