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Dr. Michael Stellini appointed as medical director of Karmanos' Supportive Care Service

Michael Stellini, M.D., M.S., has been appointed the medical director of Supportive Care Service for the Karmanos Cancer Center.

Karmanos is committed to helping patients and their families with the emotional, physical and psychosocial issues that are related to cancer treatment. By providing supportive care, the Supportive Care Service will work to assist in improving clinical outcomes and facilitate communication between clinical services and clinical support services such as social work, pain clinic, nutritional support services, patient and family education and counseling.

Dr. Stellini has been medical director of the Detroit Receiving Hospital Palliative Care Service and co-chair of Detroit Receiving’s Ethics Committee since 2000. He joined the Karmanos Hospice Program as co-medical director in 2004. Along with his colleagues, he co-founded the WSU Center to Advance Palliative Care Excellence and the WSU/DMC Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship program, which was the first in Michigan and among the first 40 programs receiving ACGME accreditation in 2007, the first year it was available. He was vice president of Medical Affairs at Detroit Receiving from 2004 to 2011 and was appointed by the governor to the State Advisory Committee on Pain and Symptom Management from 2007 to 2011. Dr. Stellini is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

In 1997, he joined the WSU School of Medicine faculty full-time. He directed the school’s Continuity Clinic Clerkship and the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course from 2000 to 2010. Dr. Stellini attended the first session of the AMA’s Education for Physicians on End of Life Care (EPEC) in 2000 and was local director of a Robert Wood Johnson funded program run by University of Wisconsin on “Improving End of Life Care Training” for Internal Medicine residents in 2000 and 2001. He is a certified EPEC trainer.

Dr. Stellini received his BS from University of Michigan in 1981, MS from Michigan State University in 1985 and Medical Degree from Wayne State University in 1988. He was a resident and chief resident at Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts and clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard University from 1988-1992. From 1992 to 1997, he was a voluntary clinical faculty member of the WSU School of Medicine while working at Detroit Community Health Connection on Detroit’s east side as a member of the National Health Service Corps, providing general primary care and HIV related care.

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