Senior Medical Director
Angela Stiltner, MD, HMDC
joined Hospice of the Piedmont in 2011 as Associate Medical Director, was promoted to Medical Director in 2012, and promoted again to Senior Medical Director in 2014. She is board-certified in Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The Hospice Medical Director Certification Board awarded her the Hospice Medical Director credential in recognition of her commitment to improve patient quality of life by displaying professional competency in the hospice industry. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2000, she completed the UVA-affiliated Family Medicine residency program and Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at Carilion Health System in Roanoke, Virginia. Prior to joining Hospice of the Piedmont, she was Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of General Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care at UVA from 2004 until 2010. She is currently a University of Virginia Visiting Associate Professor of Family Medicine. She is the immediate past President for the Albemarle County Medical Society and serves on the Executive Board.
Chief Mission Officer
James Avery, MD, CMD, FACP, FCCP, FAAHPM
Dr. James (Jim) Avery previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Hospice of the Piedmont, starting in July 2012. Prior to coming to HOP, Dr. Avery was Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Golden Living, a nationwide senior care company that touches 65,000 patients per day for nursing home care, rehabilitation, hospice, home health care, and pharmacy services. Immediately prior to that position, Dr Avery served as Senior Medical Director, Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice Care, the largest hospice in New York City. Previous experience includes roles at Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater, Florida, as well as 14 years in private practice for Internal Medicine and Pulmonary. Dr. Avery is Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Hospice & Palliative Care. In addition, he is certified by the American Medical Director Association (CMD).
Associate Medical Directors and Consulting Physicians
John Lanham, MD
is a volunteer Associate Medical Director for Hospice of the Piedmont. A 1980 graduate of the University of Missouri medical school, he completed his Family Medicine residency in 1983 and has practiced medicine in Charlottesville since 1989. Dr. Lanham is board-certified in Family Medicine and in Hospice and Palliative Care.
Charles Suter, MD
of Arlington, joined Hospice of the Piedmont’s Culpeper Regional team in 2015 as Associate Medical Director. After college and three years in the Navy, he attended the University of Virginia Medical School. He completed his medical residency and a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine at St. Luke’s Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Suter has practiced medicine in Culpeper since 1983. The majority of his medical career has involved caring for the elderly as an internist and geriatrician. He is Medical Director of Culpeper’s Baptist Retirement Community. He previously served as Director of the Culpeper Home Health and Hospice program.
Paul J. Tesoriere, MD, FHM, FACP
is a part-time Associate Medical Director. Dr. Tesoriere graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2000 and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Virginia in 2003. He has been a hospitalist at Martha Jefferson since 2004 and is the Director of In-patient Services.
Ashleigh Bergstrom, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
became a part of the HOP team in 2015. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the College of William and Mary, and her Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Virginia. She worked as a nurse with the University of Virginia Health System in geriatrics and palliative care before returning to UVA to complete her post-Master’s certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a clinical instructor with the UVA School of Nursing and a board member of Camp Holiday Trails, a camp for children with special health needs.
Jill Holmes, MSN, FNP
had worked at HOP for five years and rejoined the organization in 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia School of Nursing in 1982 and worked at UVA as a nurse for 12 years in General Medicine, Nephrology, and Oncology before returning to graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University for a master’s degree and certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She served as a nurse practitioner at a family medicine clinic and at the UVA Cancer Center. She has spent her career caring for people with life-threatening illnesses.
Luis Carrera, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN
earned his BSN, MSN, and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. He served in the active duty Army as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) from 1999-2005 and has worked as an LPN and RN in acute/subacute settings and hospice care. He joined the Army Reserves after completing his BSN degree in 2010 and is currently part of the 48th Combat Support Hospital. He worked as a hospice nurse in Detroit, MI and with the Hospice of the Piedmont since 2015. After completing his nurse practitioner licensing, he was promoted from RN hospice case manager to a hospice nurse practitioner. He recently achieved certification as an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN).
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