Hospital-Based Palliative Care

When a patient, physician, or family member requests our services, professionals from the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute meet with the patient and his or her family to assess health status. We assess each patient's needs in the context of his or her illness or injury, and work closely with their doctor or treating physician, to design an individualized course of care that supports the patient's goals and values.

Palliative care consultants in the hospital may include:

  • Supportive Care Nurse Practitioners
  • Specialized Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Social Workers
  • Spiritual Counselors

We speak with the family to understand their feelings about the patient's illness and other concerns—spiritual, psychosocial, and financial.  We see the patient regularly and continue to work closely with the patient's care team during hospitalization. If needed, we may also arrange for continuing care upon discharge.
By managing symptoms, answering questions, and offering practical support, our team contributes to the patient's comfort, whether or not complete recovery is expected. By easing difficulties and reducing suffering, the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute helps patients and their family members to maintain dignity and a higher quality of life during hospitalization.

The UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute provides expert care to patients at many community and specialty hospitals throughout the UPMC system:


2775 Mosside Boulevard

Monroeville, PA 15146

Tel.: 412-858-9565


​Palliative Care Team ​
Helen Dorra, MD

​Helen Dorra, MD
Donna Durant, CRNP ​​Donna Durant, CRNP
​Joan Williams, MSW, LCSW


UPMC Hamot

201 State Street

Erie, PA 16550

Tel.: 814-877-2565


​Palliative Care Team ​
Geoffrey P. Dunn, MD

Lisa Simonian, CRNP
​Elizabeth Stroup, MSW

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

300 Halket Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


To request or schedule a supportive or palliative care inpatient consultation call 412-647-2345, extension 8510.


​Palliative Care Team
Mamta Bhatnagar, MD
Rene N. Claxton, MD
​Beverly Gaetano, MSW
​Linda A. King, MD
​Janet Leahy, CRNP
​Lisa Podgurski, MD
Eva Reitschuler-Cross, MD

Anoo Tamber, MD
​​Winifred G. Teuteberg, MD
​Richard L. Weinberg, MD


UPMC McKeesport

1500 Fifth Avenue

McKeesport, PA 15132

Tel.: 412-664-2717


Palliative Care Team
Helen Dorra, MD

​Helen Dorra, MD
Mary Alyce Riley, CRNP

​Mary Alyce Riley, CRNP
BOEHM_STEPHANIE_SOCIAL_WORKER_20150507_.jpg Stephanie Boehm, LCSW


UPMC Mercy

1400 Locust Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Tel.: 412-232-8111


Palliative Care Team ​
​Johnie Champ, CRNP
​​Sharon Colaizzi, CRNP
​Katie Foust, MD
Beth Sacks, LSW

Beth Sacks, LSW​
​Andrew Thurston, MD
​Denise Verosky, MSN, RN


UPMC Northwest

100 Fairfield Drive

Seneca, PA 16346

Tel.: 814-677-7440


​Palliative Care Team ​
Knight-Lamb_Patricia.png ​Patricia Knight-Lamb, CRNP
​Susan Stewart, LCSW


UPMC Passavant

9100 Babcock Boulevard

Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Tel.: 412-367-6700



​Palliative Care Team ​
​Annette Dye, CRNP
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner
​Edward J.Lewis, M.Div., STL, MPM
Bereavement and Spiritual Support Coordinator
​​Leigh Linhart MacAllister, LSW
Palliative Care Social Worker
Sumayai Zaidi, MD

​Sumayai Zaidi, MD


UPMC Presbyterian

200 Lothrop Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15213


To request or schedule a supportive or palliative care inpatient consultation call 412-647-2345, extension 8511.

Medical Ethics and Palliative Care Service: 412-958-3844


​Palliative Care Team ​
​Mary M. Alberth, MSW, LCSW
​Robert M. Arnold, MD
​Emily Beers, MD

​Julie W. Childers, MD
​Rene N. Claxton, MD
​Scott Freeman, MD
​Roberta Gillespie, PA-C
​Sharon Hudak, RN, BSN, BC
​Linda A. King, MD
Jenn Morgan, LCSW
​Lisa Podgurski, MD
​Eva B. Reitschuler-Cross, MD
Jane Schell, MD
​Yael Schenker, MD
​Courtlyn Schmalzried, PA-C
Laura Spinelli, MSW
​Winifred G. Teuteberg, MD
​Barbara Usher, RN, PhD, CS
​Richard L. Weinberg, MD


UPMC Shadyside

5230 Centre Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15232


To request or schedule a supportive or palliative care inpatient consultation call 412-647-2345, extension 8513.

Medical Ethics and Palliative Care Service: 412-623-3008


​Palliative Care Team ​
​Robert M. Arnold, MD
​Emily Beers, MD
​Mamta Bhatnagar, MD
​Jason Byron, MA
​Rene Claxton, MD
Alycia Dalbey, PA-C
​Scott Freeman, MD
Rebecca Hoelsken​
​Czarina Kulick, MSW, LCSW
​Lisa Podgurski, MD
​Eva B. Reitschuler-Cross, MD
Denise Robinson, LCSW
Rebecca Sands, DO
Jane Schell, MD
Yael Schenker, MD
Doris Shields, MSW, LCSW, BCD, ACM

Anoo Tamber, MD
Richard L. Weinberg, MD


UPMC St. Margaret

815 Freeport Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Tel.: 412-784-5111


​Palliative Care Team
​Vincent Balestrino, MD
Richard B. Hoffmaster, MD ​Richard B. Hoffmaster, MD
Elisabeth McGunnigle, CRNP ​​Karen Cammarata, CRNP
Rebecca Rudy, LCSW ​Rebecca Rudy, LCSW


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