Our Research & Innovation Team
Janet Bull, MD, MBA, FAAHPM
Four Seasons Chief Medical Officer and Chief Innovation Officer
Janet Bull, MD, MBA, FAAHPM is the Chief Medical Officer at Four Seasons Compassion and holds a consultant assistant professorship at Duke University Medical Center. She is a Fellow of the AAHPM, board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and holds a hospice medical director certification.
Currently Bull serves on the steering committee for the Palliative Care Research Co-Operative Group and chairs the Membership Committee Janet has authored or coauthored several papers on palliative care and quality data reporting.
She helped develop the QDACT (Quality Data Assessment Collection Tool) which is now being used across multiple national sites to benchmark data and collaborate on quality reporting through the Global Palliative Care Quality Alliance.
Bull directs the research department at Four Seasons and has served as the Principle Investigator on over 45 clinical trials in hospice and palliative medicine. She is Program Director of the Palliative Care Immersion Course and a principal of Four Seasons Consulting Group, which offers consulting services in hospice, palliative care, and research. She also serves as a Senior Medical Advisor to Aspire Health.
Bull was the recipient of the Sharon O. Dixon Award in 2007, the Cuniff-Dixon Hastings Award in 2012, and the Josephino Magno Distinguished Physician Award in 2013. In 2014, she was recognized as one of the Top 30 Visionaries in the Field award by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and is the Principal Investigator on a 2014 Center of Medicare Innovations Grant demonstrating the value of palliative care. She is the current President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Lisa Massie, CCRC
Director of Clinical Research & Development
Lisa is an ACRP Certified Clinical Research Coordinator and the Director of Research & Development at Four Seasons. Her career in Clinical Research began in February of 1993 when she accepted a position with a little stand-alone research organization in Ft. Myers, FL. Lisa found Clinical Research to be interesting, a wonderful learning experience, and a great way to help people by working to improve the medicines and treatments available. Upon coming to Four Seasons in February of 2006 Lisa immediately felt at home with the mission, vision, and values imbedded in the fabric of this organization. “I find it very rewarding to be involved in the innovative work that we do towards shaping the future with better medicines and delivery of care for Hospice & Palliative Care patients and families.” Her favorite thing to do outside work is spend time with family watching movies or just about anything that has to do with being in the water. One last little tidbit about Lisa….
R&D Data Coordinator
Tyler coordinates data and analytics for the Research & Development team at Four Seasons. He was raised in Hendersonville, and earned a degree in psychology and neuroscience at UNC Chapel Hill in 2016 (Go Heels!). His work involves entering, auditing, and maneuvering data from a variety of sources to facilitate operations and draw conclusions in the research projects and service lines at Four Seasons. “I am glad to be able to contribute to the elucidation of new treatments and models of care, and I hope to one day pursue research in the psychological sciences as well”. A bit of an information junkie, Tyler enjoys observing, reading, and exploring our knowledge of the world. He plays a little bit of guitar when time allows, and loves to relax and have a cup of hot coffee with friends and family, or a friendly dog (no coffee for the latter, of course).
Dr. Elizabeth Burpee is originally from Jacksonville, FL. She completed her BA in History from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She then travelled in Latin America and Africa engaged in several volunteer projects. Upon return to the United States she moved to Boston where she worked in a large homeless shelter. It was through that work that she decided she wanted to become a doctor in order to serve underserved communities in a tangible way. She attended medical school and completed residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and is now board certified in Internal Medicine. In 2016 she completed her fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the UNC/MAHEC program in Asheville, NC. She now works for Four Seasons as both a hospice and palliative care physician and as a member of the research department. She is currently the project director for Four Seasons “Project ECHO to Expand Palliative Care in the Carolinas”. Outside of work she most enjoys volunteer travel with her family, gardening, listening to music and spending time outside with friends and family.
Research and Development Project Assistant
In Elaine’s role she lends support to the entire team through assisting with projects. Duties cover gathering data, providing analysis, lending coordination on grant and research funded ideas or innovations. By joining Four Seasons in December 2018, she shifted her health care focus from previously working in mental health and direct care for young adults in a residential community setting.
Elaine relocated to western NC in 2002 after having lived in Atlanta, GA for many years. Her Atlanta career covered many paths including working with an international Human Resources consulting firm as a career/ leadership coach. She also worked in corporate finance roles for variously sized businesses. Her educational background in liberal arts combined with an MBA in Finance started her on this path. Elaine believes that finding and doing work that is aligned with who you are and what you value is what creates happiness - what everyone hopes to create. Her energies are also devoted to being a part of a holistic wellness community, volunteering, community activities, and sharing time with friends and family.
Research and Development Grant Writer
Wesley is the Grant Writer for Research and Development at Four Seasons. She holds a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Psychology and Counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of Information and Library Studies from UNC-Greensboro. She is a Certified Grant Writer with the American Grant Writer’s Association (AGWA) and a member of the Grant Professional’s Association (GPA) of America. She has worked in medical, higher education, and non-profit organizations in various capacities, but her greatest love is doing research. Not much makes her happier than to dive into a rabbit hole of information on some random topic. Born and raised in Asheville, Wesley lived and worked in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area for 12 years before finally being able to return—for good—to the mountains she loves. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, exploring, and getting outside with her family, which includes her husband, two teenage daughters, and three dogs. She secretly wishes to own a farmstead with all kinds of animals and grow fields full of blueberry bushes and sunflowers.