In 1983, Dr. Wellman began working for Hospice of the Western Reserve as a volunteer. He had a special appreciation for the care that hospice provides to people in the final months of life, and wanted to participate in this growing organization. He was a volunteer medical director from 1984 until 1994. During those years, he attended weekly team meetings to discuss patient care, was available on call, provided education for staff and assisted in direct care for many patients and families. He continued to serve on the board of Hospice of the Western Reserve until 1999, at which time he became the full-time medical director. Throughout his entire professional career, Dr. Wellman has embraced the concept of death with dignity. He is a dedicated hospice physician and a tireless advocate for comfortable and compassionate end-of-life care and support for patients and their families.
Dr. Wellman is an internist certified in hospice and palliative care and is responsible for overseeing the medical care of patients in the hospice and palliative care programs of Hospice of the Western Reserve. With more than 27 years of experience in hospice care, Dr. Wellman is an expert on pain and symptom control, communicating with the dying and addressing their special needs. Thanks to Dr. Wellman and our other hospice physicians, hundreds of doctors, medical students, residents and fellows have been taught the best practices on end-of-life care. His teaching sessions are held at hospitals and medical schools, as well as David Simpson Hospice House, the 42-bed free-standing facility of Hospice of the Western Reserve. Dr. Wellman served six years on the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Ethics Committee, and he has served in various capacities in the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Wellman can be reached at 216.383.3775.