Yvona Griffo, MD

About Me

I am a neurologist with expertise in treating pain and other symptoms related to cancer and its treatment. I also specialize in palliative care for the management and treatment of symptoms that compromise patients’ quality of life. Patients who are in need of acute pain management or supportive care are admitted to Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Palliative Care Unit. After diagnosing the causes of patients’ pain, I direct their treatment — which can include pain medication, radiation therapy, invasive interventions, and psychosocial support. I focus on pain symptom management and palliative care issues while patients are receiving treatment in the hospital and after they are discharged home. I also assist patients in locating healthcare resources available in their own communities. These include home care, nursing help, 24-hour supportive care programs, and outpatient or inpatient hospice services, as well as chaplainacy services, comprehensive psychiatric care, integrative medicine care, and counseling services for the patients and their families.

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I supervise and teach clinical fellows in our Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program.

My research focus is pharmacological pain management and treatment of neuropathic pain and headache. I am currently participating in a clinical trial studying the use of d-methadone in patients with chronic cancer pain, and I am involved with other research projects in our Palliative Medicine Service. As well, I am collaborating in writing a book chapter, “Neurological Complications in Cancer.”

  • Clinical Expertise: Pain Management; Headache; Palliative Care
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, II Lekarska Fakulta University Karlovy/Charles University
  • Residencies: Neurology/Psychiatry - II Medical School of Charles University Hospital; Neurology - St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center
  • Fellowships: Pain and Palliative Care - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Board Certifications: Neurology

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Clinical Trials

As home to one of the world’s top cancer research centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering is typically involved in more than 900 clinical trials at a given time. Currently, clinical trials focused on the conditions I treat are enrolling new patients. If you’re interested in joining a clinical trial, click to learn about the trial’s purpose, eligibility criteria, and how to get more information.

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