The Division of Supportive and Acute Care Services within MSK’s Department of Medicine includes more than 100 specialists who are dedicated to supporting patients with cancer by easing the burdens and stress of each individual’s cancer treatment journey. The division’s expert team of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses provide emergency care triaging, inpatient and preoperative risk assessment, and optimized pain and symptom control management. They deliver care in person and via telemedicine and collaborate closely with their partners from every other division and department at MSK.
The Division of Supportive and Acute Care Services includes the following four services:
- General Internal Medicine Service
- Hospital Medicine Service
- Supportive Care Service
- Urgent Care Service
Corita R. Grudzen, MD, MSHS, leads the Division of Supportive and Acute Care Services. Dr. Grudzen is the inaugural Head of the Division of Supportive and Acute Care Services and incumbent of the Fern Grayer Chair in Oncology Care and Patient Experience at MSK. She is recognized as a leader in research at the intersection of acute and palliative care and notably led a large, federally funded research portfolio of multi-site pragmatic trials testing new models of care in patients with serious, life-limiting illness. Beginning in 2012, Dr. Grudzen served as an Innovation Advisor to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and is the Metric Lead on an over $12 million Health Care Innovation Award titled, “Geriatric Emergency Department Innovations in Care through Workforce, Informatics and Structural Enhancements.” She recently received over $20 million in funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the National Institute of Health to conduct two large pragmatic trials to increase emergency medicine palliative care access (EMPallA) and primary palliative care for emergency medicine (PRIM-ER). At MSK, Dr. Grudzen — a practicing emergency physician — is in the process of building a research program focused on innovation in the delivery of acute and supportive care.