Our Palliative Care Staff

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


Nurse Practitioners

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

  • 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 H. Rhodes, 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, NP

    Simone is a Nurse Practitioner, board-certified in Adult Primary Care and Hospice and Palliative Care. She has devoted much of her near twenty year nursing career to the development of palliative care programs in acute, correctional, and home-care settings. Simone is the Co-Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic, where in addition to her clinical responsibilities, she manages the operational and administrative functions, activities and projects of the clinic.

  • 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.

  • Jason Telles, GNP-BC, ACHPN

  • Pamela Woo Williams, ANP-BC, ACHPN

Registered Nurses

Registered Nurses

  • Catherine Liberles, RN

Social Workers

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."


Kate Brizzi, MD

David Cheng, MD

Isaac Chua, MD

Khadidjatou Kane, MD

Richard Leiter, MD

Sarah Luthy, MD

Perla Macip Rodriguez, MD

Sean Timpane, MD

Sarah Koontz, MSN, AGNP-BC


Debjani Banerji
Administrative Director

James Fitzgerald
Fellowship/Education Coordinator

Amanda Hazeltine
Project Manager

Kate Houghton
Program Coordinator

Tim Kowalczyk
Administrative Manager

Margaret Spinale
Executive Assistant to Chief