Leadership Team

Medical Directors

Dr. Alice Inouye, Medical Director

Dr. Inouye joined Good Samaritan Hospice in June of 2011. She graduated from Tufts University School Medicine in 1978, did a family practice residency in Winston-Salem, N.C. and then became a solo rural family practitioner in the hills of North Carolina delivering babies and caring for families for 10 years. She then moved to Roanoke, VA, and was a teacher of family medicine in the Family Practice Residency Program at Roanoke Memorial Hospital for 14 years. In November 2003, she embarked in a solo private house call practice caring for those patients housebound and chronically or terminally ill. She is now continuing care for the few patients in the house call practice while enjoying the team care of patients and families in Good Samaritan Hospice.

Dr. William Fintel, Associate Medical Director

Dr. Fintel has been with Good Samaritan Hospice as a medical director since its inception and is credited with helping to establish Good Sam’s reputation for excellence. After graduating from the University of Minnesota medical school in 1983, he completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Virginia. He is presently an oncologist with the Blue Ridge Cancer Center, where he has been since 2000. He has written a handful of publications about coping and living with cancer. When he is not seeing patients or writing, Dr. Fintel spends time with his wife, Connie, and their four sons.

Dr. Chris Pile, Associate Medical Director

Dr. Pile is a family physician, board certified in hospice and palliative medicine since 2003. He has been a physician leader for many hospice teams in Central and Southwest Virginia. He was the first Chief of Palliative Medicine at the Carilion Clinic and the founding director of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. He has been the lead physician for the POST project in Virginia since 2007 and is the chairman of the Executive Committee for the Virginia POST Collaborative. He spends his free time with his wife, Patty, and their two children, Justin and Lauren.

Dr. Shereen Gamaluddin, Associated Medical Director

Dr. Gamaluddin joined Good Sam in July 2016.  She is board certified in family medicine as well as hospice and palliative medicine.  She graduated from the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine in 2003 and completed her family practice residency at Lancaster General Hospital in 2006.  She was in private practice in central New York for over nine years before moving to the Roanoke Valley.  Dr. Gamaluddin completed her fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine through Carilion Clinic where she continues both inpatient and outpatient palliative care.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Ramiro, and their four children.

Leadership Team

Sue Ranson, President/CEO

Sue Moore Ranson is co-founder and President/CEO of Good Samaritan Hospice, the first community-based, not-for-profit, Medicare-certified hospice in the Roanoke Valley. She has an M.S.N. from the University of Virginia and a B.S.N. from the University of Maryland. She is past board chair for the Virginia Association for Hospices and Palliative Care and has chaired the Public Policy Committee. She is on the Futures Board of the Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology and College of Health Sciences Nursing Education Advisory Committee. She was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, has three children, one grandchild, and is a member of First Church of the Brethren, Roanoke.

Board of Directors

  • Jack Ballenger, MD – Valley Nephrology Associates
  • Scott Berglund – Elk Hill Advisors
  • Bev Bonderman – Central United Methodist Church
  • James Cabler – Freedom First
  • Reginald Davis – Retired
  • Sandra Davis – Anchor of Hope Foundation
  • Heather Gearhart – Warm Hearth Village
  • Kay Hix – Retired
  • Rhona Levine – Coleman & Massey PC
  • Roz Nelson – Community Health Center of NRV
  • C. A. Nottingham, MD – Carilion Family Medicine
  • Chuck Reedy – Retired
  • Melissa Robinson – Glenn Robinson & Cathey PLC
  • Lewis J. Singer, MD– Retired
  • Margot Thompson – Retired

Advisory Council

  • Mike Abbott – Lewis Gale Medical Center
  • Kitty Beehner, BSN, RN, FCN – Salem Presbyterian Church
  • Melinda Bern
  • Patty Bundy
  • Kandy Elliott
  • Wayne Epperly
  • Mary Ann Johnson
  • Christine Poarch – Poarch Law
  • Rev. Gary Scheidt – Trinity Ecumenical Parish
  • Kathy Stockburger (chair)

Good Sam is a member of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation, Virginia Association for Hospices and the Palliative Care Partnerships of the Roanoke Valley and New River Valley.