Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Our ACGME-accredited Fellowship is sponsored by the Department of Internal Medicine and the Division of Geriatrics. The goal of the fellowship is to train clinicians that will be leaders in Palliative Medicine clinical care, research, and education.  

Our fellowship includes multidisciplinary clinical training, with mentored teaching and research in an environment for innovative palliative care interventions. The fellow will be responsible for care of inpatients and outpatients in varied settings, including large academic teaching hospitals with acute inpatient and ambulatory care services, hospice, and home care.


Lynn O'Neill, MD, MS, FAAHPM
Associate Director, Emory Palliative Care Center
Program Director, Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship
Associate Professor, Emory University School of Medicine
Staff Physician, Atlanta VA Medical Center

Fellowship Leadership

Program Director: Lynn O'Neill, MD, MS

Lynn O'Neill is associate professor of medicine, associate director of the Palliative Care Center, and program director of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. She works clinically as a staff physician in palliative care at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. After undergraduate work at Emory, she entered medical school at Vanderbilt and continued her training in internal medicine residency at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She then completed fellowships in palliative care and geriatric medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Her academic interests are focused in the area of communication skill acquisition, teaching, and facilitation. As a faculty member of the Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH), O’Neill led two major organizational facilitation training programs for clinicians from across the country and also is a sought after facilitator of onsite training at various medical centers and universities. She developed the communication course, Geritalk, designed to provide fellows in geriatrics and palliative care with the essential skills necessary to discuss serious news and goals of care. She remains involved in VitalTalk, now serving as a senior associate in that organization. Her goal is to help practicing clinicians and learners see the value of the acquisition of communication skills and through those skills rediscover their love for patients, families, and the art of medicine.


Assistant Program Director: Julie Mitchell, DO

Julie Mitchell is assistant professor of medicine and assistant program director of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. She works clinically as a teaching physician in palliative care at Emory University Hospital Midtown. She completed a bachelor of arts and science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. Her clinical training included a residency in internal medicine at Penn State University, followed by a fellowship in palliative medicine at the University of Virginia. Her academic interests include safe opioid prescribing and fellowship education. 

Assistant Program Director: Meredith Maxwell, MD

Meredith Maxwell is assistant professor of medicine and assistant program director of the Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship. She primarily practices outpatient palliative care consultation at the Emory Supportive Care Clinic and also is a teaching physician on Emory University Hospital’s Inpatient Palliative Care Consultation team. She earned a bachelor of arts at Emory in psychology and Asian studies and thereafter attended a post-baccalaureate premedical program at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She attended medical school at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership in Athens, Georgia, and then went on to complete a family medicine residency at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Florida. She returned to Emory in 2018 for fellowship training in hospice and palliative medicine. Her goal is to provide supportive, empathetic care to patients and families facing serious illness, and high-quality education to learners.

Program Coordinator: Margo Blake, BA, MPS

Margo Blake is the fellowship coordinator for the Hospice and Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine Fellowship programs.  She oversees and manages day-to-day administration for the fellowship training programs and functions as a liaison between the program director and medical education as well as other departments, divisions, students, and outside constituents. She earned a bachelor of arts in journalism and master of professional studies in strategic leadership at the University of Memphis. Her primary goal is to bridge gaps in communication across Emory University, Emory Healthcare, Grady, the VA, and all other training sites for program success.