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Team Physicians

 

Keith Lagnese, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC, Chief Medical Officer

With a passion and expertise for end-of-life care, Dr. Lagnese joined Family Hospice in 2015 to provide clinical oversight for patients in all levels of hospice care. As the only physician in Western PA to earn the Hospice Medical Director Certification, Dr. Lagnese is well-versed in the clinical skills and regulatory, administrative, legal, and ethical competencies related to end-of-life care.

He previously founded Harmony Hospice and acted as CEO, as well as served as national medical director for Hospice Compassus and president of the medical staff at St. Clair Hospital. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Lagnese is board certified in internal medicine, subspecialty boarded in hospice and palliative medicine, and is a fellow in the American College of Physicians.

He has active leadership roles in the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the National Hospice Partnership for Innovation. Dr. Lagnese also serves as a physician consultant for Weatherbee Resources, in addition to presenting regularly at their quarterly boot camps.

 

D. Scott Miller, MD, MA, FAAHPM

D r. Miller i s a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics at the University of Pittsburgh. Since 2008, he has served as the Inpatient Hospice Medical Director for Family Hospice. He has 25 years of experience in caring for hospice patients and has been a palliative care physician at UPMC for the past 10 years.  He remains a practicing internal medicine physician and provides resident teaching rounds and inpatient hospitalist medical care for the Department of Medicine at the UPMC Montefiore University Hospital. 

Dr. Miller is board-certified in internal medicine and in hospice and palliative care and earned a master's degree in clinical ethics from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of both the UPMC and St. Clair Hospital Ethics Committees and participates actively in their clinical ethics consultation services.  He has been providing such consultations for almost 30 years.   

In 2015 he was elected as a Fellow in the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 

He is also an associate medical editor of the Bulletin, the monthly journal of the Allegheny County Medical Society, and in that capacity writes an intermittent column on issues related to the clinical practice of hospice and palliative medicine.

 

Myles Zuckerman, MD, HMDC

Dr. Zuckerman began working as a part-time hospice medical director in 2006 and continued his education in hospice and palliative care, earning his board-certification in hospice and palliative medicine and acting as interim Chief Medical Officer of Family Hospice in 2012. In May, 2017 he was certified as a hospice medical director, demonstrating advanced clinical skills, as well as regulatory, administrative, legal, and ethical competencies.

As a hospice team physician, Dr. Zuckerman oversees the medical care provided to hospice patients in homes and nursing facilities in three community teams. Along with making home visits for patients, he educates staff in local care campuses and local communities on hospice and palliative medicine.

Dr. Zuckerman earned his undergraduate degree at SUNY Albany as a premed student with a strong interest in foreign languages. He then got his MD degree at the University of Liege in Belgium, where he met his wife Katalin. They returned to the U.S. for a three year residency in family medicine in Patchogue, NY. He moved to Pittsburgh in 1985, where he started a medical practice. He saw patients in that practice in partnership with Katalin for the next 27 years. In 2006 he began work as a part-time hospice medical director. He enjoys teaching Israeli folk dancing at a local synagogue and performing in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in Carnegie with the Pittsburgh Savoyards, a non-profit theatre group.

 

Robert Arnold, MD
Consulting Physician

Dr. Robert Arnold is a Professor of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and in the University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law. He completed his medical school training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and residency at Rhode Island Hospital. In 2000, Dr. Arnold was named the first Leo H. Creip Chair of Patient Care at the University of Pittsburgh, and in that role emphasizes the importance of the doctor-patient relationship, particularly at the end of life. He is the Co-Director of the Institute to Enhance Palliative Care, and Past-President of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, as well as the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.