Mission & Team

Larry Dean Cripe, MD

Founder and principal investigator

Dr Cripe is a professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the IU School of Medicine and a member of the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center. He specializes in the care of adults with blood cancers.

In addition to leading the multidisciplinary Cancer Care Road Map project, Dr. Cripe also serves as the editor-in-chief of the NCI PDQ Supportive and Palliative Care Board, which maintains evidence-based summaries of topics in supportive and palliative care for health care providers and people with cancer.

He founded the CompleteLife Program at the cancer center.  The program provides psychosocial, complementary, and creative arts-based services for individuals with cancer.

Dr. Cripe is a multi-published writer. His essays and poetry have appeared in such publications as the Journal of American Medical Association and the anthology At the End of Life: True Stories about How We Die.  He formerly wrote and read Grace Notes, reflections on living with serious illnesses at the end-of-life that were broadcast on the nationally syndicated radio program Sound Medicine.

Meet Dr. Cripe

The 'how we will decide in the future' is often more important to me than 'what  are we going to do today?'

Larry Cripe, MD — Hematologist and Founder, Cancer Care Road Map

Robert Skipworth Comer, MS

Health communications researcher

In addition to his role as lecturer and researcher with the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, Mr. Comer works closely with Dr. Cripe and Dr. Cottingham to create the technical infrastructure that underlies the Road Map platform.

His work involves developing websites, databases, and other interactive media to help researchers study health education, symptom management, cancer screening, and other issues.

Former Team Members

Miranda G. Shuler, MSc

Behavioral researcher and project designer

Miranda (she/her) is a graduate of Purdue University Global with a master of science in psychology. With her bachelor’s experience in computer technology, Miranda designs and develops visual aspects for the Cancer Care Road Map Project.

Miranda also applies her master’s experience to research communication between people with cancer and their physicians with the intent of creating a digital mind map of an oncologist's cognitive process. Her goal is to one day obtain a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and become a researcher and professor of cyberpsychology.

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Recent publications by the Cancer Care Road Map team

Cripe LD,et al. Goals of care communication and higher-value care for patients with advanced-stage cancer: A systematic review of the evidence. Patient Educ Couns. 2022 May;105(5):1138-1151.

Cripe, LD, Frankel, RM. The road not taken: Forgoing disease-directed treatments in advanced cancer. Communication and Medicine, 14(3), 277-281.

Fischer IC, Cripe LD, Rand KL. Predicting symptoms of anxiety and depression in patients living with advanced cancer: the differential roles of hope and optimism. Support Care Cancer. 2018 Oct;26(10):3471-3477.

Cripe LD, et al. Physicians in Postgraduate Training Characteristics and Support of Palliative Sedation for Existential Distress. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2017 Sep;34(8):697-703.

Cripe L, Frankel RM. Understanding what influences oncology clinicians' communicating with dying patients: Awareness of one's own mortality may be one key. Patient Educ Couns. 2016 Mar;99(3):307-309.

Rand KL, Banno DA, Shea AM, Cripe LD. Life and treatment goals of patients with advanced, incurable cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2016 Jul;24(7):2953-62.

Cripe LD, et al. Medical Students' Professionalism Narratives Reveal That Experiences With Death, Dying, or Palliative Care Are More Positive Than Other Experiences During Their Internal Medicine Clerkship. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2017 Feb;34(1):79-84.

Cripe LD, et al. Discussions of life expectancy moderate relationships between prognosis and anxiety or depression in men with advanced cancer. J Palliat Med. 2012 Jan;15(1):99-105.

Rand KL, et al. Illness appraisal, religious coping, and psychological responses in men with advanced cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2012 Aug;20(8):1719-28.

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