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Matthew S Ellman, MD

Course Director

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine)

Director, Yale Internal Medicine Associates

Director, Medical Student Palliative and End-of-Life Care Education

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Kathleen M Akgün, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary)

Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit, VA CT Healthcare System, West Haven

Kathleen Akgün, MD, MS, has been a member of the Pulmonary and Critical Care faculty since she completed her fellowship in 2008. Dr. Akgün is board-certified in pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine and hospice and palliative care medicine. Her outpatient practice is primarily at VA-Connecticut (West Haven and Newington campuses) where she specializes in general pulmonary diseases. She also supervises Yale PCCSM fellows in their VA continuity clinic. Her inpatient practice is at both VA...

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Susan L. Asher, MDiv

Director, Religious Ministries, Yale-New Haven Hospital

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David Baggish, MD, FACP

Hospice and Palliative Care, Chairman, Department of Medicine, Middlesex Hospital

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William Clark Becker, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medicine)

Dr. William C. Becker is a general internist with clinical epidemiology, addiction medicine and pain management training, whose research, educational and clinical efforts broadly aim to improve the quality of chronic pain treatment in general medical settings, especially in the complex overlap of chronic pain and opioid use disorder. He directs the Opioid Reassessment Clinic at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and is PI or co-PI of several research projects through the VA, NIH, PCORI and...

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Margaret Johnson Bia, MD

Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)

Senior Transplant nephrologist

Dr Bia has been practicing nephrology with an emphasis on kidney transplant for over 30 years. having received her medical degree at Cornell Medical School, she went to University of Pennsylvania for residency and first year of nephrology fellowship ant to Yale for research in renal fellowship after which she joined the faculty. Previous leadership positions include Director of Transplant Medicine (until 1998) and Director Clinical Skills Program at the medical school (1998 - 2014). She now...

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Leslie Blatt

Staff Affiliate - YNHH

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Jane Jeuland, MDiv

Chaplain, Palliative Care Service, Yale-New Haven Hospital

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Karen Jean Jubanyik, MD

Associate Professor Term

Director, Emergency Medicine Clerkship

Since June 2006, Dr. Jubanyik has been the Director of the required two-week Emergency Medicine Clerkship, as well as the four-week Emergency Medicine SubInternship offered to 4th/5th year students. At the Haven Free Clinic, she supervises students in a clinical setting. She serves on the Yale-New Haven Hospital Bio-ethics Committee, has obtained additional training in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, and is the National Chair of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Palliative Care...

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Jennifer M. Kapo, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics)

Chief, Palliative Medicine

Provides clinical palliative medicine to patients at Smilow Cancer Hospital. In addition, she focuses on developing a research mission in palliative medicine and expanding teaching opportunities for existing Yale faculty, staff, fellows, residents, and medical students. Has been charged with creating an ACGME certified fellowship in hospice and palliative care.

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Gary Kopf, MD

Professor of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery)

Dr. Gary Kopf is a Board Certified Cardiothoracic surgeon and has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of adult and pediatric cardiac surgery.

Dr. Kopf graduated from Columbia College majoring in Physics. He received his medical degree from Harvard University (cum laude). He trained in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital of Boston. Dr. Kopf spent two years at the National Institutes of Health doing research on...

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Steve Levin, MD

Advanced Diagnostic Pain Treatment Centers

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Rev. Margaret Lewis, MDiv

Director, Department of Religious Ministries, Yale-New Haven Hospital

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William Long, MD

Assoc Clin Prof Int Med

Assistant Clinical Professor

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Rachel Lovins, MD

Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Middlesex Hospital

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Dennis McCann, PhD, BCC

Hospice and Palliative Care, Head of Pastoral Services, Middlesex Hospital

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Ernest Moritz, MD

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

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Laura Jo Morrison, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics)

Director of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Education and Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Laura J. Morrison, MD, FAAHPM is Associate Professor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine and an attending physician on the Yale-New Haven Hospital Palliative Care Consultation Service. She serves as Director of Palliative Medicine Education and Program Director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Yale.

Dr. Morrison received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where she also completed her internship, residency, and chief residency in...

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Melissa F Perkal, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery (Trauma)

Director of Surgical Preceptor Program

Associate Professor of Surgery (Trauma); Assistant Chief of Surgery, VA Connecticut Healthcare System; Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Dr. Perkal has certifications from the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and in Surgical Critical Care.

Dr. Perkal earned her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in general surgery from Yale...

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Andrew Tyler Putnam, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing

Clinical Interests

Diabetic Neuropathies; Pain Management; Terminally Ill

Dr. Putnam is a specialist in Palliative Medicine who was Director of the Palliative Care Program at Georgetown University for 11 years. His interests include pain and symptom management in people with severe disease including cancer and physician-patient communication.



Dr. Putnam is a graduate of Yale University and received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in family medicine at State University of New York at...

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Elena Ratner, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Co-Chief, Section of Gynecologic Oncology

Elena Ratner, M.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Ratner is a Board Certified Gynecologic oncologist with special interests in chemotherapy targeted drug development, patient quality of life programs and early cancer detection. She is the current co-director of Discovery To Cure, director of Discovery to Cure Early Ovarian Cancer Detection program and a founder and director of Sexuality,...

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Lloyd Saberski, MD

Dr. Saberski completed his medical training at New York Medical College 5PW in 1982. Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology Residencies followed this at the Albany Medical College, Albany, NY. Board Certification was granted in both specialties in 1985 and 1988 respectively. Subsequent completion of a Pain Management Fellowship at Albany Medical College in 1988 was followed by a one-year appointment to the Anesthesiology faculty with primary commitment to the Albany Center for Pain Management.

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Tracy Shamas, APRN

Clinical Instructor in Nursing, West Haven VA Hospital

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Mark David Siegel, MD

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary)

Program Director, Internal Medicine Traditional Residency Program

Clinical Interests

Asthma; Lung Diseases; Pneumonia; Pulmonary Embolism; Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult

Dr. Siegel graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1988 and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. He was a Pulmonary & Critical Care fellow at Yale from 1992-95 and has been a full time Yale faculty member since then. Dr. Siegel is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. He is co-chair of the Hospital Bioethics committee. His major clinical...

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Sarita Soares, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medicine)

Site Director, Internal Medicine Clerkship, SRC

Assistant Program Director of Ambulatory Education

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Karen Tedeschi, RN

Hospice and Palliative Care, Middlesex Hospital

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William Zeidler, MD

Medical Director, Hospice and Palliative Care, Middlesex Hospital

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Kelly Zercie, MA, BSN, RN-BC, CHPN

Staff Nurse & Professional Development Specialist, Hospice and Palliative Care, Middlesex Hospital

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