Fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Fellowship Program in the Department of Medicine is an ACGME approved interdisciplinary fellowship (4 fellows per year: 3 Adult Fellows; 1 Pediatric Track Fellow). Applicants who have completed (or will complete) an ACGME approved residency in one of the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Surgery

The diversity of clinical training programs at the Columbia Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital provides an ideal setting for interdisciplinary interaction and collaboration across disciplines and specialties that participate in the care of this patient population. The year long experience encompasses the medical, psychosocial, and spiritual domains of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. We are committed to excellence and preparation of future leaders in the clinical, educational, and research areas of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Program Director

Craig D. Blinderman, MD, MA, FAAHPM is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Blinderman maintains an active inpatient and outpatient palliative medicine clinical practice. His academic and research interests include: decision-making at the end of life, role of palliative care in public health, medical ethics, and the integration of palliative care in critical care medicine. He also has a strong interest in teaching and developing programs to improve students and residents' skills in communication and care for the dying.

Schedule

Rotation Months /Weeks

Inpatient Consult Service (CUMC)

5 months

Inpatient Consult Service (WCMC)

2 months

Clinical Ethics (CUMC)

2 weeks

Home Hospice (VNS)

2 months

Inpatient Hospice (“the Haven”)

1 month

Pediatrics Palliative Care (CHONY)

2 weeks

Long term care (Calvary)

1 month

Elective

1 month


The fellows have an active role at all sites of the fellowship while working with the respective IDTs. One month of elective time is offered to pursue research or a clinical rotation including: Ethics, Radiation Oncology, Integrative therapies, Interventional Pain Medicine, Consultation Psychiatry, Pediatric Oncology, Geriatric Medicine or Neurology/Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Rotation Sites

  • New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center (Milstein Hospital): Inpatient HPM Consultation, Clinical Ethics
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center: Inpatient HPM Consultation
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital: Pediatric Palliative Care Consultation
  • Visiting Nurse Services of New York Hospice Care: Home Hospice
  • The Haven (VNSNY inpatient unit at Bellevue): Inpatient Hospice
  • Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center: Skilled Nursing Facility (for Pediatric Track only)
  • Calvary Hospital (Bronx): Long Term Care Rotation
  •     **Calvary Hospital is a long term acute care specialty hospital providing palliative care services for adult advanced cancer patients and others with a life threatening illness)

Fellows will attend lectures on multiple topics including

  • Pharmacology of analgesics
  • Pathophysiology of pain and other symptoms
  • Pharmacological and non-pharmacologic management of pain and other symptoms
  • Interventional pain medicine procedures
  • Hospice
  • Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Ethics
  • Critical care
  • Genetic disorders
  • Family care
  • Spiritual care
  • Communication
  • Existential distress
  • Palliative care in patients on ECMO, LVAD technology Withholding and withdrawing life sustaining treatment
  • Bereavement

These lectures will be provided by the Palliative Medicine faculty and faculty from the Departments of: Medicine, Psychiatry, Neurology, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Clinical Ethics, Pediatrics, Radiation Oncology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Gynecology and from the Schools of Public Health, Social Work and Nursing.

Research topics include

  • Epidemiologic approaches to clinical outcomes
  • Measurement of pain, symptoms, and caregiver burden
  • Disease specific quality improvement

Participation in clinical research will be offered with faculty in the

  • Department of Medicine at both Columbia and Cornell campuses
  • By special arrangement based on area(s) of interest

Opportunities for self-reflection will be provided by chaplaincy, social work and narrative medicine faculty

  • Chaplaincy
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Department of Narrative medicine

Exposure to the administrative aspects of Hospice and Palliative Medicine will occur both in the hospital and home hospice settings.

Didactics include

  • HPM Fellowship Core Lecture Series (weekly)
  • Research Seminar Series (monthly)
  • Journal Club (monthly)
  • Pain Medicine Educational Activities
  • Departmental Grand Rounds (weekly)
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine Grand Rounds (monthly)  
  • Bi-campus Case Conferences Columbia and Cornell (quarterly)
  • View Schedule

Teaching Faculty

The diversity of different clinical training programs at the Columbia Campus of New York Presbyterian (the Sponsoring Institution) provides an ideal setting for interdisciplinary interaction and collaboration, within the IDT's, but also across the different clinical disciplines that participate in the care of the patient population, adult and pediatric.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine faculty are drawn from a variety of disciplines including, Hospice and Palliative Medicine (CUMC and rotation sites), Psychiatry, Narrative Medicine, Pediatrics, Radiation Oncology, Surgery, Gynecologic Oncology, Emergency Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, Neurology, Social Work, Nursing, Pastoral Care, Critical Care, and Ethics.

Core Clinical Faculty

Craig D. Blinderman, MD, MA, Program Director
Shunichi Nakagawa, MD, Associate Program Director
Evgenia Krotova, MD, Inpatient Palliative Care
M. Hamza Habib, MD, Interventional Pain and Palliative Medicine
Elisha Waldman, MD, Director Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT)
Ron Adelman, MD, Division Chief, Geriatrics and Palliative Care (Weill-Cornell Medical Center)
Randi Diamond, MD, Geriatrics and Palliative Care (Weill-Cornell Medical Center)
Sonal Mehta, MD, Geriatrics and Palliative Care (Weill-Cornell Medical Center)
Kathleen Sanders, NP Integrative Nurse Practitioner
Suzanne Zampetti, NP, Inpatient Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
Nina Barrett, NP, Inpatient Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
Fran Heller, MSW, Senior Palliative Care Social Worker
Lauren Yuill, LMSW, Palliative Care Social Worker
Margaret Nolan, NP, Outpatient ACN Palliative Care Service
Cristina Ramirez, SW, Outpatient ACN Palliative Care Service
Maria Becerra, RN, Care Coordinator, Outpatient ACN Palliative Care Service

Adjunct Faculty

Kenneth Prager, MD, Director, Clinical Ethics
Jon Levenson, MD, Director of HIV Liaison Psychiatry Service
Rita Charon, MD, PhD, Director, Narrative Medicine Program

Current Fellows 2016-2017

Christopher Adrian, MD
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Residency and Fellowship: UCSF (Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology)

Ana Isabel Flores, MD
Medical School: Universidad Autonomia de Guadalajara Facultad de Medicina
Residency: Lincoln Medical Center

Eberechi Nwogu-Onyemkpa, MD
Medical School: Yale School of Medicine 
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 

Elizabeth Yoo, MD
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Residency: Icahn School of Medicine Mt Sinai at Elmhurst 

Graduate(s) of the Program

2015-2016

Jemella Raymore, MD
Residency: Winthrop University Hospital Internal Medicine Residency
Currently: Palliative Care Attending Physician at Huntington Hospital, Long Island

Anna Hennon, MD
Residency: University Hospitals Cleveland Internal Medicine Residency 
Fellowship:  NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill-Cornell Fellowship in Geriatrics
Currently: Attending Physician at Weil-Cornell Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care

Rana Zahiri, MD
Residency: University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Psychiatry Residency 
Currently: Private Psychiatry Practice in San Diego, California

2014-2015

Naila Moghul, MD
MD: The Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan
Residency: Columbia University Anesthesiology Residency; 
Other: Pain Fellowship, Albert Einstein Medical College
Currently: Attending Physician, Palliative Care Service at Beth Israel-Mt Sinai, New York, NY

Shane Peterson, MD
MD: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency
Currently: Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine Department, Salem Hospital, Oregon

2013-2014

James "Hank" Horak, MD
MD: Baylor College of Medicine
Residency: Baylor Affiliated Hospitals
Currently: Medical Director, St. Charles Hospice, Bend, Oregon 

Alana Sagin, MD
MD: Jefferson Medical College
Residency: Lawrence Family Medicine Residency Program
Currently: Attending Physician, Palliative Medicine, Penn

2012-2013

Bradley Hayward, MD
MD: Temple University School of Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine Temple University Hospital
Fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care, NYU-Langone 
Currently: Attending physician in Pulmonary Critical Care at Weill-Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY

Audrey Tan, DO
Director of Division of Palliative Care
Department of Emergency Medicine 
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
DO: Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience
Residency: Emergency Medicine SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital Center
Currently: Attending ER Physician at SUNY Downstate

2011-2012

David Chmielewski, MD
MD: University at Buffalo, State University of New York 
MA: Columbia University Teachers College 
Residency: Internal Medicine NYU
Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital Center
Currently: Hospice Medical Director, Hospice of Rockland County

Dorothy W. Tolchin, MD, EdM
MD: Harvard Medical School 
EdM: Harvard Graduate School of Education
Residency: PM& R Harvard/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Fellowship: Neuromuscular/EMG Harvard/ Brigham and Women's Hospital/MGH

For further information please contact

Craig D. Blinderman, MD, FAAHPM
Program Director, HPM Fellowship

601 W. 168th Street Suite 37/38
New York, NY 10032
Office: 212-305-6299
Fax: 646-317-6306
E-mail: cdb21@columbia.edu

Sujeiry Corniel
Administrative Assistant to Dr. Blinderman and Fellowship Program Coordinator

601 W. 168th Street Suite 37/38
New York, NY 10032
Office: 212-305-6299
Fax: 646-317-6306
E-mail: soc2103@columbia.edu
 
 
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