Dartmouth-Hitchcock Palliative Care Physician Honored with Ira Byock & Yvonne Corbeil Award


Dr. Amelia Cullinan, Director of the Outpatient Palliative Care Service at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine, has been honored with Ira Byock & Yvonne Corbeil Award by the Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire. This annual Award recognizes a provider who has improved quality, expanded access, or increased efficiency in delivering the best care possible to patients with serious illness in New Hampshire.

During the Award presentation, Dr. Cullinan was commended for her work, including creating an interdisciplinary model of outpatient care that included a social worker, nurses, chaplains, and creative and healing arts. Cullinan’s program prioritizes training and coaching of residents, trainees, and colleagues in primary and specialty care. During COVID-19, the palliative care program shifted to a telehealth platform, supporting patients and families at home.

“Dartmouth Hitchcock’s Palliative Care program has expanded access and improved care in the region,” says Gina Balkus, CEO, Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance. “But Dr. Cullinan’s achievements exceed this growth.”

Balkus noted Cullinan’s continued focus on system gaps in care for seriously ill patients and the development of a peer-to-peer support network for caregivers and the bereaved. Anyone can join and access free resources or participate in online discussions on caregiver topics.

Established in 2013, the Ira Byock and Yvonne Corbeil Award honors the work of advancing palliative care that Ira and Yvonne accomplished during their tenure in New Hampshire. The Award continues to honor those who deliver the best palliative care possible to New Hampshire residents. Recipients are chosen from a list of finalists selected by a committee that includes past award winners.