In addition to my work in the pain and palliative care clinic, I supervise a dedicated outpatient clinic for patients age 65 and older. My colleagues and I manage pain and symptoms in these patients, identify needs that are specific to this age group, and make referrals to other healthcare professionals when necessary.
I also work with patients’ primary care physicians to share decision-making and facilitate access to resources as close to patients' homes as possible. I discuss end-of-life issues with patients and their families and work compassionately with them on advanced care planning. I am also interested in medical bioethics and public policy.
In my research, I am studying hospice and palliative care practices at various facilities and leading a study of end-of-life care and advance directives. I am interested in identifying and addressing barriers to patients' access to pain management, and exploring new pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches to pain management. Together with my colleagues in the Department of Psychiatry, I am involved in research assessing the value of family-focused grief therapy in cancer patients.