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The People of the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute

Our doctors and nurses, psychologists, social workers, and clergy members work together to serve the needs of serious ill patients and their families. Individually, our knowledge can relieve different aspects of their concerns. Together, we can care for their physical and emotional needs at every stage of illness or injury. Learn more about the clinicians and staff at the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics at the University of Pittsburgh.

Meet the Staff

Robert M. Arnold, MD
Medical Director, UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute
Director, Institute for Doctor-Patient Communication

Education and Career Highlights
  • Medical degree, University of Missouri-Kansas City.
  • Residency, Rhode Island Hospital.
  • Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine's Division of General Internal Medicine and Center for Bioethics and Health Law.
  • Named the first Leo H. Creip Chair of Patient Care in 2000, which emphasizes the importance of the doctor-patient relationship especially at the end of life.
Membership Organizations
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • American Society of Bioethics and Humanities
Research and Interest Areas
  • Research focus on educational interventions to improve communication in life-limiting illnesses and better understanding how ethical precepts are operationalized in clinical practice.
  • Working with the UPMC Health System to develop systemwide, integrative palliative services throughout the health system.
  • End-of-life care, hospice and palliative care, doctor-patient communication, and ethics education.



Denise Stahl, MSN, ACHPN
Executive Director
UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute

Education and Career Highlights
  • Board certified advanced practice palliative care nurse and oncology clinical nurse specialist.
  • More than 20 years experience working in oncology, bone marrow transplant, hospice, and palliative care.
  • Faculty member, University of Pittsburgh Consortium Ethics Program.
  • Provides training for nurses and physicians working in end-of-life care.
  • Past President, Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC, formerly NBCHPN).
  • Past Chair, Board of Trustees, Alliance for Excellence in Hospice and Palliative Nursing.
Membership Organizations
  • Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
  • American Holistic Nurses Association
  • American Geriatrics Society
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives
  • American College of Healthcare Executives
Interest Areas
  • Growth and development of palliative care services across the UPMC continuum of care, including acute, post-acute, ambulatory, and community-based care settings.
  • Professional certification in hospice and palliative care.
  • Interpretation of clinical data and performance metrics to support expansion of primary and subspecialty palliative care.
  • Serves on the Governing Council for the Coalition for Quality at End of Life in Pennsylvania.
  • Advocates on issues related to improving care for people with serious illness in the western Pennsylvania community.


Megan King, RN, CHPN
Program Manager, Hospital-Based Palliative Care
UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute
Education and Career Highlights
  • Board certified hospice and palliative nurse
  • Oncology nursing experience
  • Former Clinical Supervisor, Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Center for Compassionate Care at Canterbury Place
Membership Organizations
  • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
  • Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)
Interest Areas
  • Integration of palliative care within the hospital setting
  • Palliative care education and support services
  • Process improvements, evaluation, and performance standards measurements


​Susan Saxon, CRNP
Director of Community and Home Based Palliative Care
UPMC Palliative and Supportiv Institute
​Education and Career Highlights
  • Bachelors of Science, Nursing, Duquesne University
  • Masters of Science, Nursing, University of Pittsburgh
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Post Master's Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
​Memberships and Organizations
  • ​American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
  • Pennsylania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners
​Interest Areas
  • ​New models of care for community and home based palliative care
  • Geriatric palliative care
  • Promoting advanced practice nursing at the local, state, and federal levels


Winifred G. Teuteberg, MD
Medical Director, Cardiopulmonary Palliative Care
Associate Professor of Medicine, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Education and Career Highlights
  • Medical Degree - Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University.
  • Internal Medicine Residency - University of Chicago
  • Palliative Care Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Medical Ethics Fellowship - University of Chicago
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine – Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics.
  • ​Board Certified in Internal Medicine
  • Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Clinical Emphasis and Interest Areas
  • Supportive and Palliative Care for patients with advanced heart and lung disease.


Richard L. Weinberg, MD
Supportive and Palliative Care Consultant
UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Shadyside, and Magee-Womens Hospital

Education and Career Highlights
  • Medical degree, University of Michigan.
  • Residency, Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
  • Clinical associate professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine – Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics.
  • Served as faculty for the National Institutes of Health - Capital Caring Palliative Medicine fellowship.


Jennifer Pruskowski, PharmD, BCPS, CGP
Palliative Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Education and Career Highlights
  • Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics.
  • PharmD Degree, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
  • Pharmacy Practice and Geriatric Pharmacy Residency, William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Columbia, South Carolina.
  • Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship, James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bronx, New York.
  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.
  • Certified Geriatric Pharmacist.
​Membership Organizations
  • ​American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).
​Research and Interest Areas
  • Education of effective and safe use of medication for palliative care patients.
  • Development of Institute-wide, evidence-based pain and symptom management treatment algorithms.
  • Management of delrium at the end of life, and refractory pain.
  • Role of pharmacists on the improvement of health-related functions and quality of life for palliative. 


Megan Glance, MPH
Systems Analyst, Donald D. Wolff, Jr. Center for Quality, Safety, & Innovation

Education and Career Highlights
  • Master's degree, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Certificate in Evaluation of Public Health Promotion and Health Education programs, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Oversees program evaluation, data collection, and data reporting efforts for the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute.
  • Supports program development and evaluation for the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh.


Phillip K. Rogers, BS Director, UPMC Community Provider Services Division
Education and Career Highlights
  • Bachelor's degree, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
  • Responsible for the IT support for a broad range of post-acute businesses. 
  • Leads a team of IT professionals that supply a full array of services, including third party vendor application support, custom development, local and wide area networking, telephone systems, and hardware (desktop and server) support.


Colleen Kosky, BA
Administrative Assistant
UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute

Education and Career Highlights
  • Bachelor’s degree, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Has several years of administrative and communications experience in nonprofit and academic settings.
  • Supports the institute's overall mission to improve patient quality of life.


Shanika Meek-Cunningham Senior Administrative Assistant
UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute
Education and Career Highlights
  • Brings over 20 years of experience in both legal and health care administration.
  • Provides a wide range of administrative and support services across the institute.

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