Gregory Gramelspacher

Dr. Gregory P. Gramelspacher is a Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM).  Dr. Gramelspacher received his undergraduate degree in government and international relations from the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from Indiana University.  Following an internal medicine residency at the University of Michigan, Dr. Gramelspacher served for two years with the National Health Service Corps in Appalachia.  He then completed a fellowship in medical ethics at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago.  He joined the Department of Medicine at Indiana University in 1989.

In addition to founding the Program in Medical Ethics at IUSM, Dr. Gramelspacher is active in teaching, service and research.  His interests include medical professionalism and the doctor-patient relationship, hospice and palliative care, and health care for the underserved.  He served as the team leader of the IU-Kenya program in Eldoret, Kenya from 1996 to 1997.  Dr. Gramelspacher established the Palliative Care Program at Wishard Health Services in 1999 and the Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine in 2005.  He has been a Medical Director for the Visiting Nurse Service Hospice of Central Indiana since 1998.

In the fall of 2009 Dr. Gramelspacher rode his bicycle from Santa Barbara, California to Charleston, South Carolina in order to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Wishard’s Palliative Care Program.  Dr. Gramelspacher rode a mile in memory of each one of the 3280 patients who have been cared for by Wishard’s Palliative Care Program and raised more than $180,000 for Wishard’s program.