Assistant Professor, Department of Supportive Care, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
As a palliative care physician at Roswell Park, I care for patients with advanced cancer, helping to manage their pain and other symptoms, providing psychosocial support, and ensuring clarity with their treatment preferences as they go through their treatment. I have expertise in the management of refractory cancer pain, neuropathy, nausea, fatigue, dyspnea, mood disorders, and the other symptoms patients with advanced cancer experience. I see patients in the Roswell Park outpatient palliative care clinic, as well as inpatient consults for patients admitted to Roswell Park.
Immune checkpoint inhibitors have provided an exciting breakthrough for our oncology patients with advanced cancer, but they can come with some serious toxicities. My research focus is evaluating better ways to screen and diagnose these toxicities earlier, and identifying risk factors which may predispose some patients to developing these immune related toxicities. Many of our patients also experience serious neuropathic pain as a result of their treatments, which can be challenging to treat; I am working to identify new treatments for this condition, including topical menthol.
An important part of my practice is also helping patients identify their treatment preferences during the different stages of their cancer treatment journey. I also investigate advanced care planning in patients at risk of poor communication with their medical teams.
I enjoy teaching medical students and residents. I lead small group discussions for third and fourth year students on advanced care planning strategies. I also provide lectures and board review to the internal medicine residents.