Palliative Care & Supportive Care for Adults Care Team
The palliative care and supportive care team at NYU Langone includes doctors, nurse practitioners, chaplains, and social workers who are focused on providing the highest level of care to people who are experiencing a serious or life-limiting illness. Listed below are care team members for the following locations:
- Tisch Hospital, Kimmel Pavilion, and NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital
- Perlmutter Cancer Center
- NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn
- NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island
Tisch Hospital, Kimmel Pavilion, and NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital
- Joseph Lowy, MD, director of palliative care
- Megan E. Rau, MD, MPH, palliative care and geriatrics physician
- Jennifer S. Scherer, MD, palliative care and nephrology physician
- Yijie Xu, MD, palliative care physician
The team also includes nurse practitioners, social workers, and a chaplain:
Erin Barnes, MSN, RN, FNP-C, ACHPN, Nurse Practitioner
Ms. Barnes, a nurse practitioner, joined the palliative care team in 2019 after working with patients who have genetic and acquired autonomic nervous system disorders. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a critical care nurse for seven years. She is pursuing her doctor of nursing practice degree at NYU Rory Meyers School of Nursing.
Róisín McManus, RN, NP, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
Ms. McManus is an adult gerontology nurse practitioner with board certifications in palliative care and acute care. She has experience in palliative care, intensive care, and emergency medicine. She also volunteers her time working with the stuttering community.
Janelle Mendoza, MS, RN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN, Nurse Practitioner
Ms. Mendoza is a board-certified adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner with specialty training and board certification in hospice and palliative care. She received her undergraduate nursing degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and master’s degree from NYU. She has experience working with people who have cancer and people who have received bone marrow transplants.
Heather Menzer, LCSW, Senior Social Worker
Ms. Menzer received her master’s degree in social work from NYU Silver School of Social Work and holds a post-master’s certificate in palliative and end-of-life care. She has been a social worker with NYU Langone for more than 10 years.
The Reverend Kaylin Milazzo, BCC, Chaplain
Rev. Milazzo is the staff chaplain for the palliative care team at Tisch Hospital. She is a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She received her master’s degree in divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and women’s studies from Fordham University. Before joining NYU Langone, she worked at Yale New Haven Hospital and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue providing spiritual care to people receiving palliative, oncology, and psychiatric services.
Christopher Oates, LCSW, Social Work Manager
Mr. Oates is a licensed clinical social worker and a leadership fellow at the Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care at NYU Silver School of Social Work. He received his master’s degree in social work from Columbia University and master of public administration degree from Baruch College. He has served on the executive boards of the New York City Chapter of the Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare, the Helen Rehr Center for Social Work Practice, and the East Side Council of the Aging.
Renata Shabin, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN, Nurse Practitioner
Ms. Shabin is a board-certified adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner with specialty training and board certification in palliative care. She completed both her undergraduate and graduate education at NYU. In high school, she worked as an emergency medical technician and ambulance driver, which sparked her interest in nursing and desire to develop relationships with her patients. As a nurse, she cares for people with complex conditions and those in the emergency department. She serves as a clinical instructor for graduate nursing students at NYU Rory Meyers School of Nursing.
Perlmutter Cancer Center
The following physicians provide supportive care to patients at Perlmutter Cancer Center:
- Arum Kim, MD, director of the supportive oncology program at Perlmutter Cancer Center
- Akash Shah, MD, palliative care physician
The team also includes a nurse practitioner:
Amy Sevick, MS, RN, FNP-BC, CHPN, Nurse Practitioner
Ms. Sevick is a board-certified family primary care nurse practitioner with specialty training in palliative care. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked for many years as a registered nurse in inpatient psychiatry, critical care, and hospice.
NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn
NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island
The Palliative Care and Supportive Care Program at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island is led by the following physicians:
- Jeffrey T. Berger, MD, program director
- Scott Freeman MD, palliative care physician
- Amanda J. Hafeez, MD, palliative care physician
- Priya A. Pinto, MD, palliative care physician
- Dustin E. Suanino, MD, palliative care physician
The palliative care and supportive care team at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island also includes the following nurse practitioners and social workers:
Latifat Adeyemi, MS, ANP-BC
Ms. Adeyemi is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner. She completed subspecialty training in palliative care and received a master’s degree from NYU. Before joining the palliative care team, she worked for more than seven years as an oncology–hematology registered nurse.
Patricia Daly, LCSW
Ms. Daly is a licensed clinical social worker. She holds a master’s degree from the Adelphi University School of Social Work, a post-master’s certificate in palliative and end-of-life care from the NYU Silver School of Social Work, and a certificate in clinical bioethics from Hofstra University, and is certified in advanced palliative and hospice social work. She is experienced in hospice and oncology social work for adults and children in a variety of settings, including hospitals, hospice units, and home care.
Kathleen DiGangi Condon, DNP, MA, ANP-BC
Dr. DiGangi Condon is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner. She earned her doctor of nursing practice at Stony Brook University. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University’s School of Nursing. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Annie Mei, AGPCNP, ACHPN, CCRN, RN-BC
Ms. Mei is a board-certified adult gerontology and primary care nurse practitioner. She holds a master’s degree from NYU and additional board certifications in hospice and palliative nursing and critical care nursing. She has many years of acute care experience in telemetry and in surgical step-down and intensive care units. Ms. Mei focuses on providing the most advanced palliative care and support to people with advanced illness.
Dana Ribeiro Miller, M.Div., LCSW, ACHP-SW
Ms. Miller is a licensed clinical social worker. She holds a master’s degree in social work from the Columbia University School of Social Work, where she was a recipient of the Dr. Maurice V. Russell Fellowship for Medical Social Work. She also holds a master’s degree in divinity from Union Theological Seminary. She completed her subspecialty palliative care training at the Post Graduate Fellowship in Palliative Care at the Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Division of Palliative Medicine. Ms. Miller has published in the bioethics and social work literature and also lectures regionally and nationally for organizations such as the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network. She is also a member of the NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island Medical Ethics Workgroup and the Spiritual Care Services Advisory Committee.
Nicole Rossi, LCSW
Ms. Rossi holds a master’s degree from Fordham University School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island. She has experience in hospice and oncology social work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, home care, outpatient clinics, and long-term care facilities. Ms. Rossi completed a post-master’s certificate program in palliative and end-of-life care through Smith College School for Social Work.
Maria Christine Santos, MS, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, CCRN-CSC
Ms. Santos is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing, with a subspecialty in palliative care, from NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, where she now is a clinical adjunct faculty member. Before joining the palliative care team, she worked as a critical care registered nurse.