David Tsai, M.D. is the Clinical Director for Palliative Care and Medical Director for Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice. He is board certified in palliative care, internal medicine, and geriatric medicine. Dr. Tsai completed his internal medicine residency at the Lahey Clinic and geriatric medicine fellowship at Boston Medical Center. As the current clinical director of the Palliative Care and Hospice Programs at Hebrew SeniorLife, he has particular interests in the palliative care of elders.
Jody Comart, Ph.D. is Managing Director of the Palliative Care Program and a Chaplain at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. She is a clinical psychologist and the lead administrator for the palliative care consult team, coordinating specialized end-of-life care in Boston and at HRC at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham. She provides pastoral counseling to residents, patients and families facing chronic or life-threatening illness. She is committed to helping Hebrew SeniorLife develop the field of palliative medicine through community, clinical and educational initiatives.
Anne Carr, MSN, GNP-BC is the Nurse Practitioner for the Palliative Care team at Hebrew Rehabilitation in Boston. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University and is a certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, specializing in palliative care with patients and families. Prior to coming to, HRC, Ms. Carr worked at Boston Medical Center for 16 years where she co-led the Nursing Home Program for the Boston University Geriatric Service and then co-founded the Palliative Care Service at Boston Medical Center. Ms. Carr regularly lectures at regional nursing conferences and is past President of the Boston Chapter of Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association.
Susan Lee, Ph.D, R.N., CNP is a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center at NewBridge on the Charles. She completed a doctoral degree at Boston College and a post-doctoral fellowship at Watson Caring Science Institute where she developed the Geriatric Caring Model to guide the care of elders in the last phase of life. She developed the first-in-the-nation primary geropalliative care training for frontline nurses in 13 Magnet hospitals. When not at HRC, she is a Senior Nurse Scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Rabbi Suzanne Offit, BCC is lead chaplain for the Palliative Care Team and post-acute services at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in. Boston. She skillfully combines her traditional rabbinic education with advanced training in inter-faith pastoral care and the end-of-life decision making process. Rabbi Offit is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) specializing in geriatric care as well as palliative care for patients and families.
Rabbi Karen Landy is the chaplain for the Palliative Care team at NewBridge on the Charles as well for Hebrew Rehabilitation’s Long-term Care, and the Rehabilitative Services Unit. She is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and a Board Certified Chaplain. She continues to provide spiritual support for JFCS's Chaverim Shel Shalom - a program for Jewish adults living with chronic psychiatric illness. For the past 15 years she has served as rabbi for Havurat Shalom in Andover, MA.
Ellen Kolton, M.P.H, is the Family-Patient Liaison on the Palliative Care team for Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. An experienced patient advocate and former member of three Boston hospital Ethics Committees, she provides support to patients, residents and family members during episodes of serious illness and end-of-life care. A former journalist, she studied Narrative Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, writes about patient advocacy and ethics, and facilitates narrative writing workshops for clinicians.
Nilka McWilliams, MSW, LCSW, is the Social Worker for the Palliative Care team, as well as the Memory Support unit at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center at NewBridge on the Charles. She is a licensed certified clinical social worker specializing in the care of chronically ill and terminally ill seniors. She is on the Ethics committee, helping to establish standards and guidelines for excellence in end of life care at HSL. Nilka works with families as they face the challenging treatment decisions for patients in decline or facing multiple co-morbidities, hoping to promote the best quality of life for their loved ones.
Gregory Shagoury, CHPNA is a Palliative Care Resident Assistant at Hebrew Rehabiltation Center at NewBridge on the Charles. Gregory comes from a hospice background and brings a highly skilled approach to the palliative care of seniors at end of life. He provides invaluable support to families. Gregory is an integral member of the interdisciplinary palliative care team and works closely with the primary care RAs to role model excellence in the care of chronically and terminally ill patients.
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