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Palliative Care Specialist Joins SBUMC to Start Up New Program for Patients with Serious Illness

Mar 2, 2007 - 2:12:25 PM

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STONY BROOK, N.Y., March 2, 2007 ? Lynn E. Hallarman, M.D., has been named Director of Palliative Medicine, a newly created position at Stony Brook University Medical Center, announced Margaret M. Parker, M.D., Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine. Dr. Hallarman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, will develop an integrated approach to caring for hospitalized patients with chronic, life-threatening or terminal illness who are experiencing pain and suffering related to disease progression or from the side effects of treatment.

An expert in hospice and palliative care medicine, Dr. Hallarman is assembling an interdisciplinary team of specialists focused on a ?whole person? approach designed to prevent and relieve patient suffering, enhance quality of life for patients and their families, and help with difficult decision-making. Palliative Care services will be available for patients admitted to the hospital with cancer or other diseases, whether they are receiving aggressive treatments or comfort-based care.

?Dr. Hallarman brings the much needed expertise to build a program in Palliative Care and to ensure that we are providing the best of care to all of our patients, supporting them and their families, for the entire time that we have the privilege of serving them,? says Dr. Parker.

?Palliative care is necessary and comforting for our most critically ill patients and their families,? adds Dr. Hallarman. ?It is also important to train faculty and staff on how to provide ?whole person? care that includes relationship-centered communication between patients, families and their care teams, and on helping patients and families become empowered through education and support.?

According to Dr. Hallarman, the palliative care team?s goal is to integrate palliative medicine into mainstream medical therapies and offer expert sub-specialty support to patients and their families. The collaborative team will include specialists in the areas of medicine, nursing, social work, chaplaincy, pharmacy, rehabilitation and nutrition.

 Before joining SBUMC, Dr. Hallarman was Service Chief of Palliative Care Service at the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System and an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Medical School. As a physician educator she has lectured and taught on state and national levels and has participated in the national VA palliative care coalition. She has authored several key institutional policies for the Baltimore MA on palliative care.

Board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine, Dr. Hallarman is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American College of Physicians. She received her medical doctorate from Yale University School of Medicine and completed her residency training at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y.
Dr. Hallarman and her husband, Eric Rashba, M.D., live in Port Jefferson with their son, Sam (15) and daughter, Margot (10).

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