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Palliative Care Staff

Our staff are dedicated and experienced clinicians and clinical educators in the field of palliative care.


Nurse Practitioners

Heather A. Carlson, MSN, ACNP-BC, ACHPN

Heather is a Nurse Practitioner, board-certified in Adult Health and Hospice and Palliative Care.  She is a graduate of Salve Regina University and earned her Master’s Degree from Boston College in 2010.  She currently practices in the outpatient Palliative Care Clinic located in the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.  She has previously worked at North Shore Medical Center with focus on inpatient palliative care.  Heather has particular interest in working with patients facing terminal illness including cancer and ALS.

Kristin Cina, MSN, AGNP-BC

Theresa Evans, NP

Sarah Koontz, NP

Sudha Natarajan, PhD, MSN

Sudha received her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pathology from the University of Michigan and completed her Masters in Nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is board certified in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care and received her training in palliative care through the Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. She joined the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine in January 2016. She has a particular interest in coupling her research and clinical background to improve the quality of end-of-life care in patients with advanced disease.

Nancy M. Mason, NP-C, CPNP, ACHPN, RN- BC

A board-certified Nurse Practitioner in Adult Primary Care, Hospice and Palliative Care, Pediatric Primary Care, and Pain Management, Nancy has over 30-years of experience as a registered nurse, practicing in an advanced practice nursing role since 2004. Working as a nurse practitioner in a hospital-based Palliative Care consultation service since 2007 has solidified her passion in caring for the seriously ill person as well as their loved ones. Nancy’s expertise includes focused symptom management and goal oriented communication, with a particular interest in education regarding the management of pain.

Martha A. Quigley, MS, GNP-BC, ACHPN

Alison R. Kavanaugh, ACNP-BC, ACHPN

Ali is a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and is also board certified in hospice and palliative care. She is a graduate of Colgate University and the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Ali received specialty training as a Nurse Practitioner Fellow in the MGH Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship program. She joined the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine staff in 2014. Ali has a particular interest in the care of patients with cancer and their families; she is also interested in global health, having lived and volunteered overseas in the past.

Simone Rinaldi MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN

Simone is the Director of Nursing for the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine and the Co-Director of the Palliative Care Clinic at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also the Director of the MGH Adult Nurse Practitioner Fellowship within the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship. Simone is a nurse practitioner, board-certified in both Adult Primary Care and Hospice and Palliative Care. Her work has focused on the development of innovative palliative care programs across a wide array of settings including acute, correctional, home-care, and ambulatory-care clinics. 

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Michaela Rowland, MSN, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, AOCNP

Angela Sousa, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN

Angela is a Nurse Practitioner, board-certified in Adult Primary Care who graduated from Simmons College in 2010. She currently practices in the outpatient Palliative Care Clinic located in the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. She previously worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute where her focus was primarily on hematologic disorders. She has also worked for Merrimack Valley Hospice and Palliative Care seeing patients in the home setting and the hospice house and has a particular interest in working with patients who are facing serious illness. Call: 617-724-4000. 

Pamela Woo Williams, ANP-BC, ACHPN

Social Workers

Annie Lebowitz, LICSW

Annie Lebowitz began as the social worker for the Home Based Palliative Care Program at the end of June, 2016. As part of her role, Annie will be providing support and guidance to patients and families, liaisoning with care teams and providers and helping to build the social work role. Before coming to Massachusetts General Hospital, Annie worked as a geriatric care manager at JF&CS in Waltham for almost two years and prior to that was a social worker at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in their geriatric medicine/psychiatry program for 10 years. She is experienced working with elders with depression and other mental illnesses as well as dementia. Annie helped patients and families articulate and work towards clear goals of care, focusing on the dignity, grace, safety and comfort of each patient. Annie graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A in sociology and earned her Masters in Social Work at Boston College. Following her graduate degree, Annie was the Jacob and Rose Ruderman Fellow for Geriatric Social Work at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Lynn Mazur, LICSW

Volunteer Coordinator
A native of Connecticut, Lynn spent 20 years in Washington, DC before returning to her roots in New England. Her experiences in home care, doing hospice and palliative care social work inform her practice with in-patient palliative care services at Massachusetts General Hospital. Lynn is a graduate of the Smith College School for Social Work.

"Each encounter, each patient, each family teaches me something new. These experiences expand my appreciation for the uniqueness of every individual journey and increase my curiosity about and awe of our shared time traveling on this earth."

Barbara E. Moscowitz, MSW, LICSW

Barbara E. Moscowitz, MSW, LICSW has worked at Massachusetts General Hospital for over 30 years as a medical and geriatric social worker. She has expertise in the continuum of care from community to acute care and post acute care options for elders. Her areas of expertise are working with patients with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias and their caregivers to provide education and support. She is currently focused on the launch of the MGH Alzheimer’s Caregiver Program.

Todd Rinehart, LICSW

Social Work Director, Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine
Prior to entering the field of social work, Todd's background includes working in the arena of Performing and Administrative Arts. Volunteering as a "buddy" for people with HIV/AIDS solidified his interest in end of life care and led him to graduate school. Todd has his master's degree in Social Work from New York University and bachelor's degrees in Theatre and Communications from the University of Tulsa and UNLV respectively. Todd is recognized as a Clinical Scholar in Social Work through the MGH Clinical Recognition Program. Todd is an active presenter and teacher of psychosocial dimensions encountered in end of life care.

"My primary role as the palliative care social worker is to assess and address the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of our patients and their families at the end of life. Teaching the psychosocial aspects of care at this challenging time to our fellows and colleagues, and offering bereavement services to our patients' families are additional features of my work."

Susan Rowlett, MSW, LICSW

Brooke Duggan, LICSW

Karen Rookwood, LICSW


  • Michael Landzberg, MD
  • Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, MD
  • Luis Ramos, MD
  • Rachel Rome, MD
  • Joanna Sharpless, MD
  • Kevin Smith, MD
  • Kayla Wolofsky, MD
  • Puja Umaretiya, MD
  • Leslie Cartagena, NP
  • Samantha Berliss, NP 


  • Debjani Banerji, Administrative Director
  • James Fitzgerald, Education Program Manager
  • Jennifer Fitzgerald, Executive Assistant to Chief
  • Amanda Hazeltine, Project Manager
  • Kate Houghton, Program Coordinator
  • Tim Kowalczyk, Administrative Manager
  • Kathleen McGinnity, Staff Assistant III
  • Phuong Nguyen, Staff Assistant III
  • Robert Sommer, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Judy Willett, Project Manager
  • Kayla Tibbetts, BFT Secretarial


Sarah Byrne-Martelli, MDiv, BCC

Sarah Byrne-Martelli has been Board Certified with the Association of Professional Chaplains since 2004. She previously served as the Palliative Care chaplain at NYU Langone Medical Center, as well as in Hospice. Sarah has a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Religion from Haverford College. Sarah routinely presents at national and local conferences, particularly on topics of quality improvement, end of life spirituality, and the role of faith in bereavement. She is endorsed as a chaplain by the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, and is a Doctor of Ministry student at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. She has served on the APC/BCCI Board Certification Commission and on the APC Advocacy Commission. When not working as a chaplain, Sarah is active as a musical director and pianist for local musical theaters, including the Boston Conservatory and the Winthrop School of Performing Arts.

Geriatric Medicine Staff

Section Chief of Geriatric Medicine

Medical Director


Clinical Staff

  • Emily Sterling-Graves, LICSW
  • Haley Shainker, NP
  • Sindhura Pulluru, NP
  • Andrea Kurkul, NP
  • Karen Parmenter, RN, MSN


Practice Manager

  • Jasmine Raines

Medical Education Coordinator

  • Gail Chin

Medical Assistants

  • Emelia Adjorlolo
  • Beata Lamisere
  • Andrea Williams

Patient Service Representatives

  • Juanita Potts
  • Aron Teckie

Clinical Liaisons

  • Debra Siuda

Administrative Coordinator

  • Wendy Urrutia