J. Donald Schumacher, MS '77

President, National Hospice and Palliative Care

J. Donald Schumacher

J. Donald Schumacher, PsyD, has been the president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization since October 2002, and president of the National Hospice Foundation since June 2003. He also serves as the president of the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Schumacher received his doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) in 1986. Prior to attending MSPP, Schumacher graduated from UB with his master's degree in rehabilitation counseling in 1977. From 1978–1989 he was the CEO of Hospice West in Waltham, MA. He served as the president and chief executive officer of the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Buffalo from 1989–2002. Schumacher currently serves on the board of the National Health Council. He has lectured nationally on the psychological care of the terminally ill patient and the expansion of hospice care both nationally and internationally.

Schumacher is licensed as a clinical psychologist in Massachusetts and New York State.