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Palliative Care Staff

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

Doctors

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, ACHPN

Palliative Care Clinic APRN Lead
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.

Leslie Cartagena, MSN, FNP-BC

Theresa Evans, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN

Inpatient Palliative Care Consult Team

Alison Kavanaugh, MSN, ACNP, ACHPN

Inpatient Palliative Care Consult Team APRN Lead
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.

Nancy Mason, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN

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.

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.

Kristin Cina, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN

Michaela Rowland, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN

Samantha Berliss, MSN, FNP-BC

Christine McCarthy, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, CCRN

Candice Ellis, MSN, AGPCNP-BC

Janet Rico, PhD, MBA, GNP-BC, FNP-BC, FNAP

Jason Telles, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN

Homebased Palliative Care

Martha Quigley, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN
Home Based APRN Lead

Pamela Woo Williams, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN

Sarah Koontz, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN

Anne Carr, MSN, AGPCNP-BC

Senior Health/Geriatrics

Sindhura Pulluru, MSN, ACNP, ACHPN
Geriatrics APRN LEAD

Andrea Kurkul, MSN, AGPCNP-BC

Haley Shainker, MSN, AGPCNP-BC

Meg Grady, MSN, ANP-BC

Joan Braccio, BSN, RN

MCI (Memory Care Initiative/Dementia Care Collaborative)

Gabrielle Rex, MSN, AGPCNP-BC

Social Workers and Chaplains

Todd Rinehart, LICSW, ACHP-SW

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, 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 NYU Langone Medical Center, as well as in Hospice. Sarah has a DMin 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, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker – Inpatient Palliative Care Service
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 MGH 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, facilitating the training of medical providers on 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-C

Clinical Social Worker – Home-Based Palliative Care Service
Annie graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A and Boston College Graduate School of Social Work with a M.S.W. Annie was the Jacob and Rose Ruderman Fellow in Geriatric Social work 2003-2004. 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.

Dementia Care Collaborative

Susan 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.

Barbara Moscowitz, MSW, LICSW

Founder and Associate Director of Education, 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 MGH 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 and social work students, and participates in panels regarding the challenges of living with Alzheimer’s and caregiving.

Chris 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 & 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).

Kelsey Anderson-Gandhi, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker, Memory Care Initiative
Kelsey joined MGH 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 healthcare 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.

Geriatric Medicine

Emily 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 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 during impacted 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