Hospice of Dayton® and Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties partner with an energetic, patient-focused medical team which represents the most extensive experience in hospice and palliative care in southwestern Ohio. Our innovative physicians serve as collaborators and consultants to hundreds of other physicians serving patients in our area. In addition, they provide medical expertise that personally addresses the needs of hospice patients.
Chirag Rajni Patel, M.D. Formerly a staff hospitalist and specialist in hospice and palliative care at Dayton Veteran’s Affairs Hospital, Dr. Patel is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He earned his medical degree from the American University of The Caribbean, and completed residency and Chief residency with Wright State University School of Medicine. He also served as the Chief of the Medical-Surgical Clinic at Miami Valley Hospital from 2005-2006. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is board certified with the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Rana Patel, M.D. Dr. Patel served as a staff physician in hospice and palliative care at Dayton Veteran’s Affairs Hospital before joining Hospice of Dayton. She earned her medical degree at Ross University and completed a residency with the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She completed a fellowship with the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Hospice and Palliative Care in 2009.
Wendy Schmitz, M.D. Dr. Schmitz serves as an Administrative Medical Director with Hospice of Dayton. Dr. Schmitz is board certified in Internal Medicine and completed medical training at the Medical School of Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California. She previously served as a hospitalist with South Dayton Acute Care Consultants at Miami Valley Hospital, and has also served as medical director of sub-acute care units with Arbors of Dayton Long Term Care, Carriage by the Lake Nursing Home, and Hickory Creek Nursing Home. Dr. Schmitz served her residency at Kettering Medical Center, where she was a Weiffenbach Scholar. She is a member of the Ohio Medical Association, Montgomery County Medical Association and Christian Medical and Dental Association and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Dayton Internal Medicine Society.
Jules Sherman, D.O., F.A.C.O.I., Senior Medical Director Dr. Sherman joined the medical staff of Hospice of Dayton in 1984. He served as Clinical Medical Director of the 50-bed Hospice of Dayton Care Center from 2002 to 2010, and oversees medical staff operations of Lorelei’s Place Hospice House with Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties. With practice experience in oncology specialization, Dr. Sherman is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists. He is a past President of the Dayton District Academy of Osteopathic Medicine.
Ruth Thomson, D.O., F.A.C.O.I., F.A.A.H.P.M., Chief Medical Officer Dr. Thomson serves as Chief Medical Officer at Hospice of Dayton. She is a graduate of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She joined the medical staff at Hospice of Dayton in 2001. She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Cleanne Cass, DO, F.A.A.F.P.,F.A.A.H.P.M.,CAQ Geriatrics, Director of Community Care and Education Dr. Cass is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is also board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatrics. Dr. Cass joined the staff of Hospice of Dayton in 2002 serving as Administrative Medical Director. She is a member of the Board of the Ohio Pain Initiative, serves as a member of the American Osteopathic End of Life Committee and National Quality Forum Advisory Committee for Hospice and Palliative Care.