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Lisa A. Stephens APRN

Instructor in Medicine

Additional Titles/Positions/Affiliations
Adult Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified
Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse
National Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing, inducted in 2020
Lead Nurse Practitioner, Section of Palliative Medicine
Associate Program Director, HPM Interprofessional Fellowship


Master in the Science of Nursing, Kent State University

Contact Information

1 Medical Center Dr.
Lebanon NH 03756

Phone: 6036505402
Email: lisa.a.stephens@hitchcock.org

Asst. Email: lisa.a.stephens@hitchcock.org

Professional Interests

Pain Management
Education of Advance Practice Providers and Physician learners of all levels.


Lisa Stephens, MSN, APRN, ACHPN, FPCN is an Adult Nurse Practitioner who has been working in the field of Hospice and Palliative Care since 1991. In 1999, Lisa received the National Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse of the Year Award. Lisa joined the Palliative Medicine Service at DHMC in 2002 and has been responsible for helping to create a strong clinical service and a growing educational footprint. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient clinical services and is currently the Lead Nurse Practitioner on the team and Associate Director of the Interprofessional Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. Lisa is one of a small number of nurse practitioners who has received an Excellence in Teaching award from the Department of Medicine. She has published on hospice team members, models for outpatient palliative care, and on caring for patients with advanced cancer in the HPNA Core Curriculum for Advanced Practice Nursing. She lectures locally, regionally and nationally on pain and symptom management and communication in palliative care. Lisa has been accepted for induction as a 2020 National Palliative Nursing Fellow.

Selected Publications


  • Bakitas M, Bishop M, Caron P, Stephens L. Developing successful models of cancer palliative care services. Semin Oncol Nurs. 2010; 26 (4): 266-284.

  • Stephens LA, Bakitas M. Neoplastic conditions. In: Lynch M, Dahlin C, eds. Core Curriculum for the Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Nurse , 2nd ed. Pittsburgh, PA: Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association; 2013: 275-309

  • Stephens L, Cullinan A. The role of the advanced practice nurse in palliative care clinic. In: Ferrell B, Coyne P, Dahlin C, eds. The Oxford Textbook of Advanced Practice Palliative Nursing. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2016: 123-132

  • Bagcivan G, Dionne-Odom JN, Frost J, Plunkett M, Stephens LA, Bishop P, Taylor RA, Li Z, Tucker R, Bakitas M What happens during early outpatient palliative care consultations for persons with newly-diagnosed advanced cancer?: A qualitative analysis of provider documentation. Palliat Med. 2018; 32 (1):59-68

  • Vergo M, Sachs S, MacMartin M, Kirkland K, Cullinan AM, Stephens L Acceptability and impact of a required palliative care rotation with pre- and post- observed structured clinical experience during internal medicine residency training on primary palliative communication skills. J Palliat Med. 2017; 20 (5): 542-547

  • Bagcivan G, Bakitas M, Dionne-Odom JN, Frost J, Plunkett M, Stephens LA, Bishop P What's in the 'special sauce of protocol-driven outpatient palliative care consultations? J Clin Oncol. 2016; 34 (26_suppl) September 10, 2016