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The Walther Supportive Oncology Program is a partnership with the Walther Cancer Foundation, IU Palliative Medicine, the Simon Cancer Center, and IU Health. The long-term goals of the program are to transform the health care experience of patients with cancer and their families from the time of initial diagnosis and throughout the course of care.

Faculty and Staff

The Walther Supportive Oncology program is led by a team of talented and dedicated faculty members and support staff.


4856-Torke, Alexia

Alexia M. Torke, MD

Walther Professor of Supportive Oncology

Alexia M. Torke, MD, MS, is a Professor of Medicine and Associate Division Chief of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine. She is Director of the Evans Center for Religious and Spiritual Values in Healthcare and a Research Scientist with the Indiana University Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute. Dr. Torke received her undergraduate degree from Carleton College and her MD from Indiana University.

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4978-Johns, Shelley

Shelley A. Johns, PsyD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Shelley A. Johns, PsyD, MS, has received a Young Investigator Award from the Indiana Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI), a Walther Research Scholar Award through the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, and pilot grants from the IUPUI Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training, IU Health, and Walther Cancer Foundation. She serves as a member of the IU School of Medicine's Palliative Medicine Fellowship Executive Committee, associate member of the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program, affiliated faculty with the IU Health Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, and as an affiliated investigator with the Indiana University School of Medicine Diabetes Translational Research Center.

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Sheri L. Robb, PhD, MED

Sheri L Robb, PhD, MT-BC

Walther Professor of Supportive Oncology

A nationally renowned music therapy researcher, Sheri Robb, PhD, is exploring how music and play interventions can reduce stress, improve survivorship and boost the immune system in children ages 3-8 during cancer treatments. Robb is a professor at the IU School of Nursing and the Walther Professor of Supportive Oncology at IU School of Medicine.

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Walther Supp. Onc. Staff Member Janet Panoch

Janet Panoch, PhD

Program Management Specialist

Janet Panoch comes to her research interests in supportive oncology from the patient-facing side of sarcoma. Her 12-year-old daughter was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2007 and experienced functional limitations for over a decade before choosing an above knee amputation. Janet returned to IU to pursue a PhD in Health Communication and now focuses on improving patient-provider communication for surgical decision-making. She engages in qualitative methods with patients, caregivers, and orthopedic oncologists to co-create communication tools like the Osteosarcoma Decision Aid. Janet serves as a Decision Coach to help families weigh pros and cons when making difficult surgical decisions.

Walther Supp. Onc. Staff Member Alexis Miller

Alexis Miller

Administrative Coordinator

Alexis Miller received her Bachelor of Arts from Herron School of Art at Indiana University Indianapolis in 2019. She is now the Administrative Coordinator for Walther Supportive Oncology Program.