Martha L. Twaddle Millar

BS ’81 Biological Sciences, Purdue University
MD ’85 Indiana University School of Medicine
(Nominated by: Biological Sciences)

"At Purdue, I was provided with an excellent education — access to information that was up to date and challenging, teaching methods that were progressive and a climate that stimulated learning and made it safe to struggle."

Dr. Martha Twaddle Millar currently serves as senior vice president of medical excellence and innovation with JourneyCare, the Midwest region’s premier palliative care and end of life provider. The combined agency is now providing services to patients and their families and caregivers in a 10-county area. In addition, Dr. Twaddle Millar also oversees the Illinoisbased Aspire Health Care project that is working on innovative sustainable models to deliver home-based primary and palliative care.

Dr. Twaddle Millar’s unique talents and contributions to the field of palliative medicine have helped increase the understanding of and access to this continuum of care, regionally and nationally. In 2013, she was named one of the 30 most influential visionaries in Hospice and Palliative Medicine by nomination of her peers via the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). She served as President of the AAHPM from 2002-2003 and on the AAHPM Board of Directors from 1997- 2004. She was honored with the inaugural AAHPM Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award in 2005 and most recently recognized as “an exemplary educator and pioneering contributor to end-of-life care” as the recipient of the Compassion in Action Award by Hospice of the Valley and Santa Clara University.

After graduating summa cum laude from Purdue, Dr. Twaddle Millar received her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and completed her residency in Internal Medicine through Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where she was Chief Resident and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine.

Dr. Twaddle Millar is active in curriculum development and education to enhance the competencies of generalist, champion, and specialty level palliative care at a local and national level, actively participates in quality research and pilots to evaluate models of care delivery, speaks regularly to local and national groups and is published extensively in peer-reviewed articles and other publications.


  • 2013 - Named one of the 30 most influential international leaders in palliative care
  • 2005 - Received the Josephine B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award
  • 1999 - Certified American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • 1998 - Certified American Board of Internal Medicine
  • 1981 - Received the Purdue Department of Biological Sciences Singleton Award, which recognizes the honors student who best exemplifies research excellence and scholarship

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