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Dale Murphy, MD

Medical Director
Phone: (330) 375-3314

Dr. Murphy graduated from the Ohio State University College of Medicine, completed his residency at Akron City Hospital, and is board certified in Internal Medicine. He is the Associate Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Vice-President of Medical Affairs, and serves on numerous boards and committees at Summa Health System. He is a Professor of Medicine at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Dr. Murphy is the founding Medical Director of the Health Services Research and Education Institute.

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Steven Radwany, MD

Associate Director
Phone: (330) 375-3600

Dr. Radwany has been Medical Director of Hospice and Palliative Care Services at Summa Health System since 1999, establishing a hospice program, palliative care consult services and palliative care inpatient units while serving as Program Director of its Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship. He chairs the System Ethics Committee for Summa Health System and has done so since 1996, when it was re-organized and made to be more clinically directed. Dr. Radwany has been active at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) where he is a Professor of Internal Medicine. He has presented at many meetings throughout the USA, as well as in Cuba, Hungary, Peru, Argentina, Italy, and China. He is a Fellow and Laureate of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine and has been board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine since 1997. Dr. Radwany received his medical training at the University of Cincinnati and Northwestern University.   

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Susan Hazelett, RN, MS

Manager HSREI
Phone: (330) 375-3051

Sue Hazelett assists with the design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of research studies within Senior Services, the Department of Medicine, ICARE and palliative care. A large part of Sue’s role involves grant writing. Sue has Bachelor’s degrees in Biology, Sociology and Nursing as well as a Master’s degree in Biology from The University of Akron. Her research experiences span from the bench to the bedside.

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Terry Albanese, PhD

Research Associate
Phone: (330) 375-4182

Terry Albanese assists with design, implementation, and dissemination of studies mainly within the Department of Medicine, ICARE, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Terry has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Akron and an MA from the Scripps Foundation Gerontology Center at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Her research on the impact of inpatient palliative care on patient outcomes and hospital costs has been presented nationally and internationally. Terry previously held an assistant professor position in Community Health Sciences at NEOUCOM and has taught courses in gerontology and sociology for The University of Akron, Walsh University, and Mount Union College. 

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Susan Sikora, BSN, CRRN
Clinical Research Nurse
Phone: 330-375-6778

Michele Gareri, BSN
Clinical Research Nurse
Phone: 330-375-3060

Linda Mussey, RN, BA
Clinical Research Nurse
Phone: 330-375-3201

Kim Peterson
Phone: 330-375-3779

Associate Researchers:

  • James Salem, MD
  • David Sweet, MD
  • Ronald Jones, MD
  • William Zafirau, MD
  • Nancy Istenes, DO
  • Don Jackovitz, MS, FACHE
  • Carolyn Holder, MSN, RN, CS
  • Lynn Clough, PhD
  • Sue Fosnight, RPH, CGP, BCPS
  • Kathy Wright, MSN, GCNS-BC, PMHCNS-BC
  • Linda Mussey, RN, BA
  • Denise Kropp, BS

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