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Palliative Care Staff

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

Doctors

Corinne Alexander Cole, MD



Kate Brizzi, MD



Bethany-Rose Daubman, MD



Carine Davila, M.D.



Kathleen Doyle, MD



Alexis Drutchas, M.D.



Julia Gallagher, MD



Masaya Higuchi, M.D. 



Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH



Juliet Jacobsen, MD



Mihir Kamdar, MD



Khadidjatou Kane, MD



Stephanie Kiser, M.D.



Eric Krakauer, MD



Karen O’Brien, MD



Laura Petrillo, MD



Christine Ritchie, MD



Leah Rosenberg, MD



Matthew Russell, M.D.



Jaclyn Shameklis, M.D.



Jennifer Shin, MD



Lorie Smith, MD



Mark Stoltenberg, MD



Erica Wilson, MD



Nurse Practitioners

Simone Rinaldi MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN

Director of Nursing
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. 

Simone can be reached at sprinaldi@partners.org.

Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic

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

Heather is a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and is also board-certified in hospice and palliative care. She is a graduate of Salve Regina University and Boston College. Heather has worked at MGH/MGB since 2003. She completed a Clinical Pastoral Education for Health Care Professionals fellowship in 2007. She joined the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine Clinic in 2014. She is currently the NP Lead in the clinic and has passion for supporting RN/NPs and is focused on program development in the outpatient setting. Heather co-teaches a pharmacology course on palliative care at HMS. She is chair of the Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine's Social Media committee and an apprentice at HMS Palliative Care Education and Practice conference with hopes to become a small group leader in the future. Most importantly, Heather has particular interest in the care of patients with cancer and their families.


Anne Carr RN, MSN, GNP-BC

Anne Carr is a Nurse Practitioner with 25 years of experience in the field of Geriatrics and Palliative Care. She completed her undergraduate studies at Boston University and holds a BA in Religion. She went on to study Nursing at Yale and received her BSN and MSN from Yale School of Nursing.

Anne previously worked for the BU Geriatric Service at Boston Medical Center and was the founding NP on the inpatient Palliative Care Service. Prior to joining the Home Based Palliative Team at MGH, Anne practiced Geriatrics and Palliative Care at Hebrew Senior Life and was trained in the UCLA Dementia Care Management model. Through this work she deepened her understanding of the intersection of Palliative and Dementia Care.

Outside of work Anne plays the flute with various ensembles and enjoys Pilates, walking her large dog Moses and spending time with family in Maine, Vermont and Oregon. She is the proud mother of Amelia (23) and Will (19). She resides in Wayland.


Leslie Cartagena, MSN, FNP-BCLeslie Cartagena, MSN, FNP-C, ACHPN

Leslie is a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cancer Center. She completed her palliative care training with the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship in 2019. Prior to her fellowship, she worked for a non-profit hospice agency as a palliative care nurse practitioner shortly after graduating with her Master of Science degree at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Prior to this, she was a registered nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital on Ellison 16, a medical oncology floor for five years. She has volunteered for a medical mission brigade providing primary care to those in rural villages in Juticalpa, Honduras. She actively serves at her father's church in Jamaica Plain, MA.


Theresa Evans, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPNTheresa Evans MSN, APRN, ACHPN

Theresa is a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and is also board-certified in hospice and palliative care. She is a graduate of University of New Hampshire and University of Massachusetts. Theresa has worked at MGH/MGB since 1998 in a number of roles including Staff nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner. She completed fellowship in Biomedical Ethics from Harvard in 2003-04. She joined the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine, first inpatient and then clinic, including Danvers Clinic. Theresa enjoys incorporating her clinical knowledge with her passion for teaching. She currently teaches Ethics at MGH IHP, as well as playing a role as clinical oversight instructor in BNS immersion course, which she has done since 2006. Recently, Theresa has expanded her clinical teaching to Regis School of Nursing.  Theresa has a has particular interest in the care of patients with cancer who require co-management with substance use history. She has found tremendous joy in the outpatient setting and exploring the concept of true survivorship.


Inpatient Palliative Care Consult Team

Alison Kavanaugh, MSN, ACNP, ACHPNAlison R. Kavanaugh, MSN, ACNP-BC, ACHPN

Ali is the Nurse Practitioner Lead for the MGH inpatient palliative care consult service. She is board certified in both Acute Care and Hospice & Palliative Care. Ali is a graduate of the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship program and joined the MGH palliative care team as a staff nurse practitioner after completing fellowship. She has a particular interest in the care of patients with cancer and their families, and is part of a research team investigating the integration of palliative care services for patients with hematologic malignancies and those undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.


Nancy Mason, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPNNancy M. Mason, MSN, CNP, CPNP, ACHPN

Nancy has 35+ 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 expert symptom management and goal-oriented communication.

From 2017-2021, Nancy served as the inpatient palliative care cardiac liaison, focusing on advanced heart failure patients. In 2022, she transitioned her dedication to the integration of palliative care in liver failure patients. Through research, Nancy’s goal is to provide evidence of the efficacy of palliative care in improving outcomes of hepatology patients. Her clinical passion is the added value palliative care integration brings to seriously ill patients.


Sudha Natarajan, PhD, MSNSudha Natarajan, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN

Sudha came to nursing as a second career, initially earning a PhD in immunology and conducting post-doctoral work in liver transplant immunobiology. While this work was valuable, it was not entirely fulfilling. What was missing was interaction with people and patients who need help in real time. She completed the direct entry MSN program at MGH Institute of Health Professions and completed the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship in 2016. Sudha is currently the APRN Fellowship Director for the MGH site of the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship.


Kristin Cina, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN

Kristin is a board-certified Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and is also board-certified in hospice and palliative care. She is a graduate of Boston College where she obtained her BSN (2009) and MSN (2016). She is an experienced neuroscience RN and spent several years as a bedside nurse in the neuro med/surg unit and ICU at MGH. She completed the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship in 2017 and has been a member of the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine as an adult nurse practitioner on the inpatient palliative care consult service since then. Kristin is particularly interested in palliative care education for nurses and using innovation and technology to expand access to these resources.


Michaela Rowland, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPNMichaela Rowland , MSN, AGPCBC-NP, AOCNP, ACHPN 

Michaela received her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Vermont and her master’s specializing in adult oncology from Yale University. She is board certified in Adult Gerontology Primary Care and holds advanced certifications in oncology as well as hospice and palliative care. She is a graduate of the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship and joined the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine as staff in 2018. She is the Nursing Education and Training Lead for the Continuum Project and has a special interests in the integration of palliative care principles in the care of patients and families facing oncology diagnoses and serious illness. 


Samantha Berliss, MSN, FNP-BC


Christine McCarthy, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, CCRNChristine E. McCarthy, MSN, BS, AGNP-BC, ACHPN, CCRN

Christine has a degree in Health Care Administration from Stonehill College, and is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and University of Massachusetts-Boston. She is a board certified Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and received specialty training through the MGH Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship program. She joined the MGH Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine in 2020 as a nurse practitioner on the Adult Inpatient Palliative Care Consult Service and previously worked for 25 years as a staff nurse and ARN in the MGH Medical Intensive Care Unit. Christine has a particular interest in the early integration of palliative care for patients with critical illness and advanced heart disease. 


Candice Ellis, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN

Candice is a board certified Nurse Practitioner in Adult Primary Care with an additional advanced certification in Hospice and Palliative Care. She received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from University of New Hampshire and she completed her Master's degree in Nursing from Boston College. She also 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 2021 as part of the Inpatient Consult Service. She has a special interest in working with older populations and in improving quality of life for those with chronic illness.


Janet Rico, PhD, MBA, GNP-BC, FNP-BC, FNAPJanet Sweeney Rico PhD, MBA, MSN, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FNAP 

Janet has many years of Nurse Practitioner experience caring for patients in long-term care and rehab, inpatient and emergency room settings as well as homecare. Within all of these settings, she came to recognize the need for high quality palliative care services. Along with her clinical practice, she has taught NP students and served in academic leadership positions. She holds certifications as a Family and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. Her interests include care of individuals living with complex medical needs in the community, intellectual/developmental disabilities and autism advocacy, caregiver support and healthcare workforce issues. She loves to bike ride, travel, spend time with family and friends, read, learn new things and meet new people. 


Jason Telles, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN


Homebased Palliative Care


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

Martha has been a member of the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine since 2014. She came to the team after years of experience in inpatient palliative care, homecare, and hospice care. She is board certified in Gerontologic Nursing as well as certified in Advanced Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing. Martha has been a member of the Home-Based Palliative Care Team since it’s inception in 2014 and is currently in the role as the Lead Nurse Practitioner.  

Martha has been a member of the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine since 2014. She came to the team after years of experience in inpatient palliative care, homecare, and hospice care. She is board certified in Gerontologic Nursing as well as certified in Advanced Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing. Martha has been a member of the Home-Based Palliative Care Team since it’s inception in 2014 and is currently in the role as the Lead Nurse Practitioner.


Pamela Woo Williams, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN

Pam Williams, NP joined the MGH division of palliative care and geriatric medicine in 2015. Pam is a palliative care nurse practitioner in the home based arm of the division. She provides care for adult patients, and their families, who are facing the challenges of serious illnesses, end stage diseases, and frailty in their homes. Prior to MGH she worked in primary care with geriatrics and was the clinical coordinator at East Boston PACE. Pam has an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College in biochemistry. She completed her master of science in nursing from Simmons Graduate School for Health Studies in Boston, MA and a post-master certificate in palliative care from George Washington University. She is board certified as an adult nurse practitioner and an advanced hospice and palliative care nurse. Her interests are in education and she has completed the program for educators in health professions at the Harvard Macy Institute. She enjoys guest lecturing at the MGH Institute for Health Professions and has coordinated NP preceptorships within the division.  


Sarah Koontz, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN


Anne Carr, MSN, AGPCNP-BC


Senior Health/Geriatrics


Sindhura Pulluru, MSN, AGACNP-BCSindhura Pulluru, MSN, AGACNP-BC

Geriatric Medicine Clinic APRN Lead

Sindhura is a board certified Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University. She currently practices at the outpatient geriatric medicine clinic. She has previously worked at Massachusetts General Hospital as an inpatient registered nurse. Sindhura has special interest in healthy aging and what matters most conversations. When Sindhura is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, movie and game nights with family and travelling.


Andrea Kurkul, MSN, AGPCNP-BCAndrea Kurkul, MSN, AGPCNP-BC

Andrea is a board certified Adult Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She has 8 years of experience as an ICU registered nurse and 4 years of experience in an advanced practice nursing role. She joined the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine staff in 2019. She studied at Georgetown University for her BSN and at Columbia University for her MSN AGPCNP-BC. Andrea has a particular interest in the care of patients through the trajectory of their geriatric years. 


Jennifer L. McGlynn RN BSNJennifer L. McGlynn, RN, BSN

Jennifer practices in the MGH Geriatric Medicine Clinic in Yawkey as a registered nurse. She obtained her RN and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mass, Lowell in 1995 . She fills many leadership roles in the Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine Division and is a very dedicated professional working with adults over 65.


Haley Shainker Redstone, MSN AGPC-NPHaley Shainker Redstone, MSN AGPC-NP

Haley Shainker Redstone is a nurse practitioner for the division of palliative care and geriatrics. Haley has been working as a nurse practitioner in the outpatient geriatrics clinic. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Haley had been working at Massachusetts General Hospital as an inpatient registered nurse. Currently, Haley sees patients in the geriatric outpatient clinic, and will be rotating inpatient for the GIFTS services (Geriatrics Inpatient Fracture Trauma Service). Prior to attending nursing school, Haley received a bachelors degree from the University of Rhode Island, and was working in clinical research. Haley received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Northeastern University, and later went on to receive her Masters of Science in Nursing at Northeastern University. Haley has a special interest in polypharmacy, as well as wound care.  


Meg Grady, MSN, ANP-BC


Joan Braccio, BSN, RNJoan Braccio, BSN, RN

Joan practices in the MGH Geriatric Medicine Clinic in Yawkey as a registered nurse. She obtained her RN and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is a BLS and CPR instructor and a valued member of the Geriatric Medicine team. Her special interest is to travel.  


MCI (Memory Care Initiative/Dementia Care Collaborative)


Gabrielle Rex, MSN, AGPCNP-BCGabrielle Rex, MSN, AGPCNP-BC

Gabrielle is a Nurse Practitioner, board-certified in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care. She studied business at the University of Notre Dame and nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions where she earned her Master’s in Nursing. She joined the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine in November 2019. Gabrielle is currently credentialed and practicing at both Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton Wellesley Hospital. She provides outpatient memory care support across three clinics in co-management with patient’s primary care physicians as one of the leaders of the Mass General Brigham Memory Care Initiative. Gabrielle has a particular interest in thoughtful diagnostic disclosure for those diagnosed with dementia and ongoing education and guidance for their care partners and loved ones.  


Social Workers and Chaplains

Todd Rinehart, LICSW, ACHP-SWTodd Rinehart, LICSW, ACHP-SW-C

Social Work Director, Division of Palliative Care and 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 in the early 90’s 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 the Social Work through the MGH Clinical Recognition Program.  Todd is on faculty at the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care, and Course Planner for Practical Aspects of Palliative Care. Since 2010, Todd has served as a volunteer bereavement counselor at Comfort Zone Camp; a camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, primary caregiver, or significant person.


Palliative Care

Sarah Byrne-Martelli, DMin, BCCSarah Byrne-Martelli, DMin, BCC

Chaplain & Bereavement Coordinator – Inpatient Palliative Care Service

Sarah has been board certified with the Association of Professional Chaplains since 2004. She previously served as the Palliative Care chaplain at New York University Langone Medical Center, as well as in Hospice. Sarah has a DM in from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, a MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, and a BA in Religion from Haverford College. She is on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Chaplains and is Secretary of the Board of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion. She is endorsed by the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese. Sarah’s research interests include quality improvement, interprofessional teamwork, and the role of spirituality in bereavement. She is also active as a musical director and pianist for local musical theaters, including the Boston Conservatory and the Winthrop School of Performing Arts.


Kyle Kozelka, LICSWKyle Kozelka, LICSW

Palliative Care Social Work Lead

Kyle earned his Master of Social Work from Simmons University School of Social Work and obtained a Post-Graduate Certificate in the Relational and Multi-Contextual Treatment of Trauma and served as adjunct professor. Prior to joining Massachusetts General Hospital as an inpatient palliative care social worker, Kyle served as a clinical social worker at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he completed the Post-Master's Fellowship in Cognitive Neurology Social Work. Kyle has extensive experience supporting individuals along the continuum of health, including those diagnosed with life-changing, chronic and progressive illness. Kyle served as clinical social work lead for several clinics at BIDMC, including ALS, Huntington's Disease, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. In addition to his extensive experience providing individual, family, and group psychotherapy, Kyle has presented on various topics both locally and nationally. In addition to his clinical role at MGH, Kyle serves as a member of the Continuum Project, helping train medical providers in conducting serious illness conversations with patients and families. Kyle also serves on a committee engaged integrating health equity topics into the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship.


Lynn Mazur, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker – Inpatient Palliative Care Service
A native of Connecticut, Lynn Mazur, LICSW 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 MGH. Lynn is a graduate of the Smith College School for Social Work. Prior to a career in social work, Lynn was involved in marketing and communications activities in diverse settings including international for-profit companies, non-profit and non-governmental organizations.


Annie Lebowitz, LICSW, APHSW-CAnnie Lebowitz, LICSW, APHSW-C

Clinical Social Worker – Home-Based Palliative Care Service

Annie graduated from Brandeis University with a BA and Boston College Graduate School of Social Work with an MSW. Annie was the Jacob and Rose Ruderman Fellow in Geriatric Social work from 2003 through 2004. Annie has been the clinical social worker in the Home-Based Palliative Care Program since 2016. Prior to that, Annie was a clinical social worker on the Med-Geri-Psych units at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and as a Geriatric Care Manager at JF&CS.


Bethany Myers, MDiv, MSW, LICSWBethany Myers, MDiv, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker, Palliative Care

Bethany (she/her/hers) has been practicing as a social worker in communities in Connecticut, Washington DC, Indiana, Colorado and now in the greater Boston area. Bethany comes to MGH most recently from Denver, Colorado where she was working in the ICU of a Level One Trauma Center. Bethany completed her social work education at the University of Connecticut, specializing in Community Organizing and Macro Level Social Work. Bethany also has a Master of Divinity from Yale University and is ordained in the Episcopal Church. Bethany is passionate about supporting patients and their families experiencing serious illness.


Sarah Koontz MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPNSarah Koontz MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN

Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care

Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Northeastern University and completed her master’s degree in nursing at Boston College. She is board certified in adult-gerontology primary care and received her training in palliative care through the Harvard Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Fellowship Program. She joined Massachusetts General Hospital as a patient care associate in 2008, worked as a floor nurse on a medical unit at Mass General from 2010-2016 and began working as a nurse practitioner with the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatrics in 2017. She is now a member of the Mass General Brigham Home-Based Palliative Care Team, where she can pursue her interests in geriatrics, dementia care, and home care.


Dementia Care Collaborative


Kelsey Anderson-Gandhi, LCSWKelsey Anderson-Gandhi, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker, Memory Care Initiative

Kelsey joined Massachusetts General Hospital in October 2019 in support of the Mass General Brigham Memory Care Initiative, a clinical co-management program that offers patients and families experiencing cognitive impairment robust assessment, care, and support in the primary care setting. Kelsey earned her Master’s in Social Work in 2019 from the Boston College School of Social Work, where she specialized in clinical practice with older adults and families. While at BC, she completed her clinical training at Commonwealth Care Alliance and the Alzheimer’s Association. Before becoming a social worker, Kelsey worked for six years as a user experience designer and researcher at athenahealth, a Massachusetts-based health care technology company, helping to develop software products that improved healthcare delivery. Prior to joining Mass General, Kelsey worked as a care consultant for the MA/NH chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.


Melissa McManus, MSW, LCSWMelissa McManus, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders  

Melissa earned her Master of Social Work from Boston College with a concentration in Older Adults and Families. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Thanatology and Family Studies as well as a Certificate in Loss, Grief, and Bereavement Studies at King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, in Canada. Her first-year internship placement as an MSW student was at Covenant House, and affordable living residence for low-income older adults and people with disabilities. Her second MSW internship placement was with the Division of Hematologic Malignancies at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where she had the opportunity to help facilitate bereavement groups with Dr. Sue Morris. Melissa is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling.  


Barbara Moscowitz, MSW, LICSW

Barbara Moscowitz, MSW, LICSW

Founder and Dementia Care and Education Specialist, Dementia Caregiver Support Program

Barbara earned her undergrad degree from Brandeis University, and Master of Social Work from Boston College. Barbara is a long-term staff member at Massachusetts General Hospital and has been a staff member of the MGH Department of Social Service, and became the founding social worker for the MGH Geriatric Medicine Department through which she designed and directed a program for vulnerable older adults in the neighborhoods surrounding the hospital.  She has expertise in the continuum of care from community to acute care and post-acute care options for older adults.  She has frequently been recognized for her work. For example, Barbara wrote the DVD and accompanying workbook for Alzheimer’s caregivers entitled Family Matters-Coming Together for Alzheimer’s. Additionally, in 2007, she was the recipient of the Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award through the MGH-affiliated Kenneth B. Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare. Barbara is a frequent speaker to local community groups, college students, and social work students, and participates in panels regarding the challenges of living with Alzheimer’s and caregiving.


Susan Rowlett, LICSWSusan Rowlett, LICSW

Program Director, Dementia Caregiver Support Program

Susan holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College. For the last 31 years, her work has focused on serving individuals with neurologic and psychiatric disorders and their care-partners. Her journey has taken her from Ohio where she grew up, to Kentucky where she went to college, Mississippi to provide social work services in an area of health care shortage, and to Boston in 1997.  During her career she has worked in protective services for children and adults, in-patient psychiatry, primary care, community non-profit where she started her specialization in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders creating new programs, providing direct clinical care, volunteer management, teaching, writing curricula, advocacy and fundraising, and now at MGH supporting the growth of dementia care in outpatient neurology, psychiatry and geriatric medicine settings.    


Chris Wight, LCSWChris Wight, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker, Dementia Caregiver Support Program

Chris graduated from Salem State University’s Master of Social Work Program in 2019. He began his career in 2011 after completing his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ in the areas of severe and persistent mental health disorders, behavioral health, child welfare, and substance use disorders. Chris was a social work intern at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Behavioral Neurology and completed rotations in Inpatient Palliative Care and Gastro-Oncology. Chris’ role in Behavioral Neurology included counseling for patients/families struggling with neurological diseases, implementing Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy for patients diagnosed with Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES) and contributing to work conducted by the Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (CART).


Geriatric Medicine

Emily Sterling-Graves, LICSWEmily Sterling-Graves, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker, Geriatric Medicine

Emily received her Master of Social Work from Simmons College in 1996 and has dedicated the last decade to helping older adults, and adults with serious illness, working in hospital case-management and palliative care and as a hospice social worker. Emily’s past employers are Care Dimensions, VNA Care Network and Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association. She is a member of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network. During the COVID pandemic Emily committed herself to addressing the psychosocial needs of older adults affected by the restrictions. This includes speaking to a Senior Health Town Hall about anxiety and grief and about practical resources. She developed and co-leads an online support group to address social isolation. Emily is a faculty member within the Geriatrics Fellowship program, as well as supervising social work interns interested in geriatrics and end-of-life care.


Fellows

  • 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 

Administration

  • 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

Geriatric Medicine Staff

Section Chief of Geriatric Medicine

Medical Director

Doctors

Clinical Staff

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

Staff

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