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Faculty and Clinical Staff at UMMMC - Worcester


Dr. Jennifer Reidy Jennifer Reidy, MD, MS, FAAHPM

 Chief of Palliative Care, UMass Memorial Medical Center (Clinical Profile)
 Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMass Medical School
 Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

 
Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT 2000
Residency: Lawrence Family Health Center (Family Medicine)
Fellowship: San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care (Palliative Medicine)
Interests: Communication in healthcare, humanism in medicine, cancer pain management, quality improvement, narrative medicine.
 
 

Dr. Vandana Nagpal Vandana Nagpal, MD, FACP

 Associate Chief of Palliative Care, UMass Memorial Medical Center (Clinical Profile)
 Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMass Medical School
 Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine


Medical School:
 Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Punjab, India 1996
Residency: State University of New York - Buffalo (Internal Medicine-Chief Resident)
Interests: Communication in healthcare, palliative care in hospital medicine, quality improvement
 
 

Dr. Isabel Castro Isabel Castro, DO

 Attending Palliative Care, UMass Memorial Medical Center (Clinical Profile)
 Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMass Medical School
 Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine


Medical School: 
Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA 2006
Residency: St Vincent Hospital (Internal Medicine)
Fellowship: Oregon Health and Science University (Palliative Medicine)
Interests: Humanism in medicine, patient and family education, and advanced symptom management in the critically ill
 
 

Ms. Michaela Essam-Agbesi Michaela (Micci) Essam-Agbesi, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC 

 Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, UMass Memorial Medical Center
 Affiliate Faculty Member



Graduate School: 
UMass Graduate School of Nursing, Worcester, MA 2007 
Interests: Patient and family education
 
 

Dr. Delila Katz Delila Katz, PharmD, BCOP

 Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Oncology and Palliative Care, UMass Memorial Medical Center 
 Board Certified in Oncology



Pharmacy School: 
Thomas J Long School of Pharmacy and Health Services, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA 2006
Residency: Boston Medical Center – General Residency PGY1; Dana Farber Cancer Center – Oncology and Palliative Care PGY2
Interests: Cancer pain management, quality improvement, communication in healthcare

 

Ms. Pamela Lane Pamela Lane, MSN, RN-BC, FNP-C, ACHPN

 Family Nurse Practitioner, UMass Memorial Medical Center
 Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
 Board Certified in Pain Management
 Affiliate Faculty Member

Graduate School: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, MA 2012 
Interests: Patient and family education, effective symptom management
 
 

Ms. Nancy McCool Nancy McCool, LICSW, ACHP-SW

 Palliative Care Social Worker, UMass Memorial Medical Center
 Certified substance abuse counselor 
 Hospice and Palliative care certified


Graduate School: Bridgewater State University, MSW, Bridgewater, MA 2013
Interests: Effective conversations around goals of care, empowering patients living with chronic disease, teaching
 
 

Ms. Elizabeth Rotti Elizabeth Rotti, LICSW

 Palliative Care Social Worker, UMass Memorial Medical Center

 


Graduate School:
 Simmons College, MSW, Boston, MA 2007
Interests: Community resources, quality improvement, patient and family support, communication in healthcare

 

Dr. Martin Sheldon Martin Sheldon, MD

 Attending Palliative Care, UMass Memorial Medical Center (Clinical Profile)
 Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMass Medical School
 Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

 
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC 2000
Residency: Palmetto Richland Hospital (Internal Medicine)
Interests: Law and religion in medicine
 
 

Dr. Ritu Soni Ritu Soni, MD

 Attending Nephrology, UMass Memorial Medical Center (Clinical Profile)
 Member Palliative Care, UMass Memorial Medical Center
 Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMass Medical School
 Board Certified in Nephrology, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
 
Medical School: Baroda Medical College, Baroda, 2006
Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Interests: Palliative care in nephrology, patient and family education

 
Ms. Shawna Steadman

 Shawna Steadman, MSN, ACNP-BC, ACHPN 

 Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, UMass Memorial Medical Center
 AP Coordinator Palliative Care 
 Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
 Instructor Graduate School of Nursing
 Affiliate Faculty Member
Graduate School: UMass Graduate School of Nursing Worcester, MA 2009 
Interests: Patient and family education, healthcare communication, quality improvement


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