Charles V. Wellman, M.D., FAAHPM

Chief Medical Officer

Charles V. Wellman, M.D. FAAHPM, is chief medical officer, Hospice of the Western Reserve. He directs the medical care provided by the nonprofit agency’s staff of full-time and part-time physicians, overseeing the care provided to nearly 2,300 patients for day in a seven-county Northern Ohio service area. Board certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine, he is considered one of the nation’s foremost experts on end-of-life care, with a career spanning more than 35 years of specialization in hospice and palliative medicine.

A regionally and nationally-recognized expert on pain and symptom control, communicating with the dying and hospice organization and management, Dr. Wellman presents widely on these topics, and is a leading advocate for choice and dignity at the end of life.

Through the Hospice Institute at Hospice of the Western Reserve, which coordinates all of the organization’s research and professional education efforts, he has mentored and taught thousands of medical, social work, therapy and pharmacy students. Since 2010, under the auspices of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, he has provided hands-on training and education to several fellows.

Dr. Wellman is the Director-at-Large for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and has been awarded the Distinguished Fellow award by that association. He is a founding member and co-chair of Hospice of the Western Reserve’s ethics committee, and has also served six years on the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) ethics committee.

In addition to his clinical, administrative and educational responsibilities, Dr. Wellman is a tireless advocate for hospice and palliative care at the national level. Currently, he is chair of the NHPCO leadership and workforce strategic coordination committee, and treasurer for the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.