Hospital-Based Palliative Care

When a patient, physician, or family member requests our services, professionals from the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute meet with the patient and his or her family to assess health status. We assess each patient's needs in the context of his or her illness or injury, and work closely with their doctor or treating physician, to design an individualized course of care that supports the patient's goals and values.

Palliative care consultants in the hospital may include:

  • Supportive Care Nurse Practitioners
  • Specialized Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Social Workers
  • Spiritual Counselors

We speak with the family to understand their feelings about the patient's illness and other concerns—spiritual, psychosocial, and financial. We see the patient regularly and continue to work closely with the patient's care team during hospitalization. If needed, we may also arrange for continuing care upon discharge.

By managing symptoms, answering questions, and offering practical support, our team contributes to the patient's comfort, whether or not complete recovery is expected. By easing difficulties and reducing suffering, the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute helps patients and their family members to maintain dignity and a higher quality of life during hospitalization.

The UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute provides expert care to patients at many community and specialty hospitals throughout the UPMC system:


2775 Mosside Boulevard

Monroeville, PA 15146

Phone: 412-858-9565


​Palliative Care Team​​
​​Richard L. Weinberg, MD ​​Richard L. ​​​Weinberg, MD​​

Kelley Barcelo, CRNP ​Kelley Barcelo, CRNP
​Joan Williams ​Joan Williams, MSW, LCSW


UPMC Hamot

201 State Street

Erie, PA 16550

Phone: 814-877-2565


​Palliative Care Team​
Lisa Simonian, CRNP Lisa Simonian, CRNP
Elizabeth Stroup, MSW

Elizabeth Stroup, MS​​​W

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

300 Halket Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

To request or schedule a supportive or palliative care inpatient consultation call 412-647-2345, extension 8510.

​Palliative Care Team
Mamta Bhatnagar Mamta Bhatnagar, MD
Rene N. Claxton Rene N. Claxton, MD
Linda A. King, MD Linda A. King, MD
​Lisa Podgurski ​Lisa Podgurski, MD
Eva Reitschuler-Cross Eva Reitschuler-Cross, MD
Richard L. Weinberg ​Richard L. Weinberg, MD
​Ashley Wills, CRNP, DNP

UPMC McKeesport

1500 Fifth Avenue

McKeesport, PA 15132

Phone: 412-664-2717


Palliative Care Team
Stephanie Boehm, LCSW ​Stephanie Boeh​m, LCSW
Katrina Clacks Katrina Clacks​, CRNP


UPMC Mercy

1400 Locust Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-232-7549


Palliative Care Team ​
Tammy Eaton ​Tammy Eaton, CRNP
Anna Lewis, MSW ​Anna Lewis, MSW
Michael McKenery, CRNP ​Michael McKenery, CRNP
Andrew Thurston ​Andrew Thurston, MD
Denise Verosky ​Denise Verosky, MSN, RN

UPMC Northwest

100 Fairfield Drive

Seneca, PA 16346

Phone: 814-677-7440

​Palliative Care Team
Patricia Knight-Lamb ​Pat Lamb, CRNP
​Susan Stewart ​Susan Stewart, LCSW

UPMC Passavant

9100 Babcock Boulevard

Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Phone: 412-367-6700

​Palliative Care Team
Annette Dye ​Dina DiFeo, CRNP

Beverly Gaetano ​Beverly Gaetano, LCSW
Edward J.Lewis ​Edward J.Lewis, M.Div., STL, MPM
Bereavement and Spiritual Support Coordinator
Denise Robinson, MSW ​Denise Robinson, MSW
Sumayai Zaidi, MD ​Sumayai Zaidi, MD

UPMC Presbyterian

200 Lothrop Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15213


To request or schedule a supportive or palliative care inpatient consultation call 412-647-2345, extension 8511.

Medical Ethics and Palliative Care Service: 412-958-3844

​Palliative Care Team
​Robert M. Arnold ​Robert M. Arnold, MD​​
Julie W. Childers ​Julie W. Childers, MD
Rene N. Claxton ​Rene N. Claxton, MD
​Scott Freeman ​Scott Freeman, MD
Stephanie Garofolo ​Stephanie Garofolo, PA-C
Roberta Gillespie Roberta Gillespie, PA-C
Sharon Hudak, RN, BSN, BC ​Sharon ​Hudak, RN, BSN, BC
Linda A. King, MD ​Linda A. King, MD
Lisa Poddgurski, MD Lisa Podgurski, MD
Eva B. Reitschuler-Cross, MD Eva B. Reitschuler-Cross, MD
Jane Schell Jane Schell, MD
Yael Schenker, MD ​Yael Schenker, MD
Richard L. Weinberg ​Richard L. Weinberg, MD​

UPMC Shadyside

5230 Centre Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15232

To request or schedule a supportive or palliative care inpatient consultation call 412-647-2345, extension 8513.

Medical Ethics and Palliative Care Service: 412-623-3008

​Palliative Care Team
​Robert M. Arnold ​Robert M. Arnold, MD
Mamta Bhatnagar ​Mamta Bhatnagar, MD
​Rene Claxton ​Rene Claxton, MD
Alycia Dalbey Alycia Dalbey, PA-C
Scott Freeman ​Scott Freeman, MD
Rebecca Hoelsken Rebecca Hoelsken​
Czarina Kulick ​Czarina Kulick, MSW, LCSW
Daniel Leger ​Dan Leger, RN
​Lisa Podgurski ​Lisa Podgurski, MD
Eva B. Reitschuler-Cross ​Eva B. Reitschuler-Cross, MD
Denise Robinson Denise Robinson, LCSW
Rebecca Sands Rebecca Sands, DO
Jane Schell Jane Schell, MD
Yael Schenker, MD Yael Schenker, MD
Doris Shields Doris Shields, MSW, LCSW, BCD, ACM
Richard L. Weinberg Richard L. Weinberg, MD

UPMC St. Margaret

815 Freeport Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Phone: 412-784-5111

​Palliative Care Team
Vincent Balestrino ​Vincent Balestrino, MD
Richard B. Hoffmaster, MD ​Richard B. Hoffmaster, MD
Rebecca Rudy, LCSW ​Rebecca Rudy, LCSW
​Alyssa Solimene, CRNP

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