Terence Gutgsell, MD, is Director of Education of the Harry R. Horvitz Center for Palliative Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. He served as Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer at Hospice of the Bluegrass, and Medical Director of the Hospice Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Ky., from 1996-2007. From 1999-2007, he was Medical Director of the Palliative Care Center of the Bluegrass and Medical Director of the Palliative Care Unit at Central Baptist Hospital. His work with Hospice of the Bluegrass and local hospitals in Lexington led to designation of the Palliative Care Center of the Bluegrass as one of six nationally recognized Robert Wood Johnson Palliative Care Leadership Centers (PCLC). These centers are charged with teaching other hospitals and hospices how to initiate, grow and sustain hospital-based palliative care consultation programs.
Dr. Gutgsell earned his MD degree at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1972 and completed his internal medicine residency at the A.B. Chandler University of Kentucky Medical Center in 1976. He left his practice of internal medicine in 1995 to complete a palliative medicine fellowship at Cleveland Clinic by 1996.
He has lectured about hospice and palliative medicine locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. He helped establish a Palliative Medicine Fellowship training program at Hospice of the Bluegrass in conjunction with the University of Kentucky.
Awards for his work in hospice and palliative care include the Health Hero Award from the Fayette County Medical Society, 1998; the Jack Trevey Community Service Award from the Lexington Medical Society, 2001; the AMA’s Pride in the Profession Award, 2001; Community Preceptor Teaching Award, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, 2004; the Hospice Champion Award from the Kentucky Association of Hospice and Palliative Care, 2007; and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine – Project Death in America (PDIA) Palliative Medicine Community Leadership Award, 2008.
Professional interests include direct patient care; education of medical students, residents, physicians in practice and other health care workers in the precepts of hospice and palliative medicine; and the development of palliative care programs in hospitals, nursing homes and outpatient clinics.
Personal interests include his family, the arts, nature, reading and hiking.