Who We Are
We are physicians, chaplains, and social workers who found our calling in palliative care. We have specific training and additional certification in palliative care and have worked across healthcare settings: university hospitals, community hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and hospices.
Epione is the Greek Goddess venerated for soothing pain and at EpioneMD we combine this sentiment with our expert communication skills and knowledge to help others live better.
What We Believe
We believe that everyone should have access to Palliative Care. We created EpioneMD to connect experts in palliative care with those who have struggled to access palliative care.
MD, Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Ashwini Bapat is a Palliative Care physician and writer. She received her medical degree at Tufts University and completed her internal medicine residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She found her calling in palliative care and completed her fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She has worked at academic centers including Yale-New Haven Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, and was an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
As a writer, she is inspired and awed by human resilience and the mysteries intrinsic to life and death. Her narratives have been featured in WBUR, Harvard Health Blog, KevinMD, Journal of Palliative Medicine, Academic Medicine, and the Society of General Internal Medicine. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Palliative Medicine.
MD, Chief Medical Officer
Caitlin Baran is a Palliative Care physician. She received her medical degree from the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine and then began radiology residency at Oregon Health Sciences University. Early in her training, she saw the impact Palliative Care had on the lives of her patients and she changed course to pursue a career in palliative medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center and completed her fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care program. She has worked at academic centers including Massachusetts General Hospital and was an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Palliative Medicine. Caitlin is humbled to practice Palliative Care, a field of medicine designed to understand who people are and align healthcare choices with their values.
Lisa Catalano is an independently licensed clinical social worker who works with adults of all ages facing serious or progressive illness. She has worked in a medical setting for most of her career and has over 16 years of experience guiding and supporting patients and families as they navigate the complexity of medical decision making. She is a graduate of the Boston College School of Social Work and is a certified Hospice and Palliative Care specialist. Her focus is to help clients define their own journey and be a source of support throughout the process.
MDiv, DMin, BCC
Sarah Byrne-Martelli, DMin BCC, has served as a BCCI Board Certified Chaplain in Acute Care, Hospice, and Palliative Care since 2003. Sarah provides spiritual counseling for patients and families of all belief systems, as they navigate the experiences of serious illness, grief, and health care decision-making. Sarah serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Professional Chaplains and the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion. She holds a Doctor of Ministry from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School.