Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Fellows

Mark (Brad) Falk, MD

Bio: Brad joins us as a fellow in Hospice and Palliative Medicine after seventeen years practicing Emergency Medicine at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.  At PPMC, Brad served as the faculty coordinator for Pediatric EM Education, developed several clinical protocols, and enjoyed difficult airways and penetrating trauma.  Brad has volunteered for several years as Medical Director of the annual Fall Festival of the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania.  

Clinical Interests: Brad sees a great need for the palliative care approach and skill set in the Emergency Department as increasingly ED's are faced with cases involving chronic serious illness and end of life care.  He looks forward to teaching future generations of clinicians to value empathy and compassion.  Most of all he is excited to have more time to "pull up a chair" and talk with his patients.  

Personal Interests:  In his free time, Brad enjoys many hobbies such as bee keeping, saltwater aquariums, sailing on his native Chesapeake Bay, and tinkering with various vehicles including a motorcycle and RV.  Brad and his wife Lynn also enjoy hiking with their two dogs on quiet mornings long before their three daughters (ages 10, 15 & 17) awaken.  

Erin Kelly, DO

Bio: Erin is one of the hospice and palliative medicine fellows.  She grew up in Rockledge, PA, and currently lives on the other side of the bridge in NJ.  She completed her transitional intern year at Mercy Fitzgerald followed by a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Thomas Jefferson. 

Clinical Interests: Erin’s clinical interests include neurological illnesses that intersect at the treatment options of rehabilitation and palliative care.  She also is interested in lymphedema management and is a certified lymphedema therapist. 

Personal Interests: Erin loves traveling, but her favorite spot is at the Jersey Shore in Ocean City when she met her husband working on the boardwalk.  She loves listening to country music, painting ceramics, and spending time with her family, friends and dogs, Cookie and Sasha.

Elizabeth Spina, DO

Bio: Liz is a current hospice and palliative medicine fellow. She’s originally from Syracuse, NY and worked her way down the east coast through training — living in Buffalo, NYC, New Jersey, and now Philadelphia. She completed her internal medicine residency at Jefferson Health in South Jersey and geriatric fellowship at Thomas Jefferson.  

Clinical Interests: Liz’s clinical interests include long-term and post-acute care, interdisciplinary teams, and readmission prevention. She is currently working to achieving her CMD (certified medical directorship). Liz is enthusiastic about comprehensive care and working to improve LGBTQIA+ inclusivity and humility in geriatric and palliative care.

Personal Interests: Liz is a free-time painter, novice sewer, and interior design fan. When she’s not working, she enjoys being with family and friends. Her and her partner, Jon, can be found frequenting their favorite Philly restaurants and parks or relaxing at home with their cat.