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Palliative Care Team

Our Palliative Care Team

Jeffrey T. Berger, MD

Program Director

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Jeffrey T. Berger, MD, Program Director, is Chief of the Division of Palliative Medicine and Director of Clinical Ethics at NYU Winthrop Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Dr. Berger is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Berger has over 20 years experience in medical practice with more than 15 years experience providing clinical bioethics case consultation. He established NYU Winthrop’s Palliative Care clinical program in 2007. In addition to practicing clinical medicine, Dr. Berger has focused his academic career in the domain of medicine and bioethics. He has served on numerous state and national committees including the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the American College of Physicians, and the New York State Palliative Care Education and Training Council.

Priya Pinto, MD

Physician Faculty Member

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Priya Pinto, MD, Physician Faculty Member, is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Pinto completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital, and went on to complete fellowships in Geriatrics and in Palliative Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. For the last 5 years she has served as an Assistant Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Consulting Physician at Montefiore Medical Center and Fellowship Program Director in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Pinto has a special interest in teaching and education in Palliative Care.

Amanda Hafeez, MD

Physician Faculty Member

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Amanda Hafeez, MD, Physician Faculty Member, is board certified in Internal Medicine and board eligible in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She secured her medical degree from St. Georges University School of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center where she continued to study as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the practice of Hospitalist Medicine. Dr. Hafeez subsequently completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at New York University. She has interests in bioethics consultation and palliative care education.

Dustin Earl Suanino, MD

Physician Faculty Member

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Dustin Earl Suanino, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine and board eligible in both Palliative and Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Suanino completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and completed an integrated Geriatric and Palliative Medicine fellowship at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. During his residency he served as chief resident and was honored with the Humanism Award in Internal Medicine. Dr. Suanino has a special interest in education of palliative medicine.

Latifat Adeyemi, MS, ANP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

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Latifat Adeyemi, MS, ANP-BC is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, who completed subspecialty training in Palliative Care and received a master’s degree from New York University. She also earned a bachelor’s in arts in Speech Language Pathology from The State University of New York at Buffalo and a bachelor’s of science from The College of New Rochelle. Mrs. Adeyemi joined the Palliative Care team summer of 2014, after working more than 7 years as an Oncology/Hematology Registered Nurse at New York Langone Medical Center.

Kathleen DiGangi Condon, DNP, MA, ANP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

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Kathleen DiGangi Condon, DNP, MA, ANP-BC is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Palliative Medicine and Bioethics. Dr. DiGangi Condon earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Stony Brook University, where her research focused on the role of a nurse-administered palliative screening tool on medical ICU nurses’ moral distress. She received her bachelor’s in science and master’s in science from Columbia University’s School of Nursing. She also holds a bachelor’s in arts from the College of the Holy Cross and an master’s in arts from the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. DiGangi Condon joined NYU Winthrop in May of 2013 from Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, where she served as a nurse practitioner on the palliative care service. She also established an inpatient palliative care consult service at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. As a registered nurse, she practiced on the comprehensive transplant unit at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. DiGangi Condon is an Instructor in Medicine at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, where she teaches bioethics to first and second year medical students. She has lectured at Columbia University’s School of Nursing on pain, palliative care, and ethics.

Maria Christine Santos, MS, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, CCRN-CSC

Nurse Practitioner

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Maria Christine Santos, MS, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, CCRN-CSC is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. Christine earned a bachelor’s in science and master’s in science in nursing, with a subspecialty in Palliative Care, from New York University’s College of Nursing.

Christine joined the Palliative Care team in 2015, after working over 7 years as a Critical Care Registered Nurse at New York Langone Medical Center. Christine also serves as an adjunct clinical faculty member at New York University’s College of Nursing, where she teaches undergraduate students during their clinical rotations.

Annie Mei, AGPCNP, ACHPN, CCRN, RN-BC

Nurse Practitioner

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Annie Mei, AGPCNP, ACHPN, CCRN, RN-BC, is a board certified Adult Gerontology and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She is a graduate of New York University with a Masters specializing in Primary Care and Geriatrics and holds additional board certifications in Hospice and Palliative Nursing and Critical Care Nursing. Through many years of acute care experience in Telemetry, Surgical Step Downs, and Intensive Care Units, where she witnessed life, death, and near-death experiences meshed with high tech medical interventions, Annie now focuses on providing cutting edge palliation and support with advanced illness.

Dana Ribeiro Miller, M.Div., LMSW, ACHP-SW

Social Worker

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Dana Ribeiro Miller, M.Div., LCSW, ACHP-SW is a licensed clinical social worker. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work, where she was a recipient of the Dr. Maurice V. Russell Fellowship for Medical Social Work, a master’s degree in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and a bachelor’s of science from Rutgers University. She completed her subspecialty Palliative Care training via the Post Graduate Fellowship in Palliative Care at the Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel Division of Palliative Medicine. In addition to staffing our clinical team, Dana is a Clinical Instructor of Medicine for the Long Island School of Medicine where she holds the position of Assistant Course Director for the Learning Communities Longitudinal Thread, focusing on Social Sciences, Humanities, Ethics and Professionalism. Dana has an interest in academic teaching and formation of clinicians at the undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate levels of education and is a frequent lecturer for NYU Winthrop Medical Education. She 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. In addition, Dana is a member of the NYU Winthrop Medical Ethics Workgroup and the Pastoral Care Advisory Committee.

Nicole Rossi, LCSW

Social Worker

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Nicole Rossi, LCSW holds a master’s degree from Fordham University School of Social Work and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Rhode Island. Nicole has served as adjunct faculty at Fordham University within the Palliative Care Fellowship program and has clinical experience in hospice and oncology social work in a variety of settings including hospitals, home care, outpatient clinics and long-term care facilities. Nicole joined the NYU Winthrop Palliative Care team in 2018, and completed a post-master’s certificate program in Palliative and End of Life Care through Smith College School for Social Work in 2019.

Stephania Cajuste, LCSW

Social Worker

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Stephania Cajuste, LCSW holds a Masters Degree in social work from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work and a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Herbert H. Lehman College. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Molloy College where she teaches undergrad courses in Palliative Care and Introduction to Gerontology. She is passionate about educating incoming healthcare professionals about the important work of caring for seniors and the vital care and support that palliative care provides. Her clinical experiences include psychotherapy in the community across the age spectrum. Stephania was a supervisor of Adult Protective Services in New York City where she worked to help one of the most vulnerable populations. She has extensive experience as a community social worker in hospice care.

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