Terence Gutgsell, MD

Terence Gutgsell, MD
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Department Hematology and Medical Oncology
Primary Location Hillcrest Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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Hillcrest Hospital
Primary Location

Hillcrest Hospital

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Center
  • Clinical Trials
  • Hospice Care
  • Pain Control
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Symptom Control
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Cancer Anorexia and Cachexia
  • Cancer Fatigue
  • Cancer Symptoms
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About Terence Gutgsell, MD

Terence Gutgsell, MD, is a Staff member 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.

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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Palliative Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Lexington, KY USA

Internship - Hennepin County General Hospital

Medical School - University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, KY USA

Professional Highlights

  • Designation of the Palliative Care Center of the Bluegrass in Lexington, Ky., as one of six national Palliative Care Leadership Centers (PCLC) by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for the Advancement of Palliative Care (CAPC)
  • Receiving the AAHPM-PDIA Palliative Medicine Community Leadership Award for 2008. 

    This is a national award that recognized the development of an exceptional palliative care program that has been instrumental in changing the way seriously ill and dying patients are cared for in multiple hospitals in Lexington, Ky. Also, the award recognizes the work in promoting palliative care through the Palliative Care Leadership Center educational initiative.
  • Two trips to China to present lectures at national Palliative Care Conferences in 2002 and 2005


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Specialty Interests

Palliative medicine, development of palliative medicine programs in community settings, cancer, cancer anorexia and cachexia, cancer fatigue, cancer symptoms Palliative

Awards & Honors

  • American Academy of  Hospice and Palliative Medicine, PDIA, Palliative Medicine Community Leadership Award, 2008
  • Hospice Champion Award, Kentucky Association of Hospice and Palliative Care, 2007
  • Jack Trevey Community Service Award, Lexington Medical Society, Lexington, Ky., 2001
  • Pride in the Profession Award, American Medical Association, 2001
  • Community Preceptor Award, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, 2004
  • Best Doctors in America, 1998
  • Health Hero Award, Fayette County Medical Society, 1996


  • Kentucky Medical Association, 1977-Present
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 1997-Present
  • Fayette County Medical Association, 1977-1995
  • Lexington Medical Society, 1996-2007
Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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