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Palliative Care & Supportive Care for Adults Care Team

The palliative care and supportive care team at NYU Langone includes doctors, nurse practitioners, a chaplain, and a social worker who are focused on providing the highest level of care to people who are experiencing a serious or life-limiting illness.

Joseph Lowy, MD, Director of Palliative Care

Dr. Joseph LowyDr. Lowy is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care, and hospice and palliative medicine. His goal is to provide patients with high-quality palliative and supportive care, and further educate the medical staff on the topic of palliative care. Dr. Lowy has been the director of palliative care at NYU Langone since 2002. He is a former chair of the NYU Langone Ethics Committee and received the Gold Foundation Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award in 2015.

Arpit Arora, MD, Palliative Care Physician

Dr. Arpit AroraDr. Arora is board certified in rehabilitation medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. He brings a unique perspective to patient care, with a strong focus on quality of life and functional independence. He enjoys getting to know patients and their families with the goal of using that information to help guide medical decision-making. Medical education is his primary clinical interest, and he serves as site director for NYU Langone’s Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. A travel enthusiast and former New York City tour guide, he enjoys exploring all that the city has to offer.

Arum Kim, MD, Director of Supportive Oncology at Perlmutter Cancer Center

Dr. Arum KimDr. Kim is double board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Kim’s research interests include integrative treatments such as medical cannabis to address quality-of-life issues. She has lectured both locally and nationally. Dr. Kim enjoys traveling, cooking, and the opera.

Megan E. Rau, MD, MPH, Palliative Care and Geriatrics Physician

Dr. Megan E. RauDr. Rau manages a team responsible for providing palliative and hospice care to people in the hospital. She also cares for older adults who are receiving care at home and provides medical education for residents and fellows. Dr. Rau is board certified in internal medicine, geriatrics, and hospice and palliative medicine. A midwesterner at heart, Dr. Rau can often be found watching college sports and playing intramural flag football in various parks across the city.

Jennifer S. Scherer, MD, Palliative Care and Nephrology Physician

Dr. Jennifer S. SchererDr. Scherer is a nephrologist whose clinical and research interests include developing ways to care for people who have advanced kidney disease that incorporate palliative care and focus on quality of life. She provides supportive care in the Kidney CARES (Comprehensive Advanced Renal Disease and End Stage Kidney Disease Support) Program. She is a recipient of a palliative care leadership award through the Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program and received a Young Investigator Research Grant from the National Kidney Foundation. Dr. Scherer is a native New Yorker who enjoys long-distance running and has completed five New York City Marathons. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and twins.

Akash Shah, MD, Palliative Care Physician

Dr. Akash ShahDr. Shah is board certified in family medicine and board eligible in hospice and palliative medicine. He works with the supportive oncology team at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center and the inpatient consult team at Tisch Hospital. His interests include resident and fellow education as well as the intersections of emerging technology and medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys watching home improvement TV shows with his wife and his dog, Buddy.

Audrey Tan, DO, Palliative Care and Emergency Medicine Physician

Dr. Audrey TanDr. Tan teaches about and researches ways to bring palliative care techniques into the emergency department. She is a co-investigator on projects funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Dr. Tan also serves on national committees including the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). In her free time, Dr. Tan enjoys exploring the city with her three children and husband.

Erin Barnes, MSN, RN, FNP-C, ACHPN, Nurse Practitioner

Erin BarnesMs. 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.

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. Outside of work, she enjoys floral design, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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. Outside of work, she enjoys singing and playing music with her family and friends.

Renata Shabin, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN, Nurse Practitioner

Renata ShabinMs. 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. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and dog.

Reverend Kaylin Milazzo, BCC, Chaplain

Reverend Kaylin MilazzoRev. 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. When not at the hospital, Rev. Milazzo enjoys cooking, sewing, watching reality television, and hiking with her husband, Matt, and dog, Georgie.

Christopher Oates, LCSW, Social Work Manager

Chris OatesMr. 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. He is passionate about exploring the world of contemporary art.

Melissa Moskowitz, LCSW, Social Worker

Ms. Moskowitz received her master’s degree in social work from Yeshiva University and her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University. She began her career at NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx and later with The Mount Sinai Regional Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Center. Ms. Moskowitz joined NYU Langone in 2017. She specializes in critical care, cardiology, and palliative care services. She enjoys spending time with family and friends including her husband, Josh, and dog, Brody.