GREAT NECK, NY -- Joseph Milano, MD, medical director of the House Calls program of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, was named an inspirational leader in hospice and palliative medicine under the age of 40 by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).
AAHPM asked its 5,000 members to nominate individuals who are the young leaders in the field. Dr. Milano, a resident of Dix Hills, is one 44 physicians nationwide recognized by his peers for innovation in and dedication to the medical specialty of hospice and palliative medicine and AAHPM.
“These individuals are enhancing care for seriously ill patients and their families through innovation, education, mentoring and clinical care,” said Jean S. Kutner, MD MSPH, president of the Academy, at the group’s recent annual meeting in Philadelphia.
Hospice and palliative medicine is the medical specialty that focuses on improving quality of life and relieving pain and other symptoms in seriously ill patients. Palliative care can and should be provided to patients who continue to receive treatments to try to cure or control their disease, regardless of their prognosis. Hospice is a specific type of palliative care for patients whose life expectancy is likely to be six months or less. Hospice and palliative care also helps patients and families understand their treatment options and make decisions about their care, and provides information on spiritual and psychosocial services, support for family and caregivers and grief counseling.
Since 2014, Dr. Milano has headed North Shore-LIJ’s House Calls program. He provides care and supervises a multidisciplinary staff to deliver healthcare to vulnerable and frail patients in their homes. Previously, Dr. Milano was chief of palliative medicine at Huntington Hospital from 2010 to 2014. He also worked in the psychiatry and substance abuse field at Holliswood Hospital in Queens and Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.
Board-certified in palliative and hospice care and internal medicine, Dr. Milano earned his MD degree from the American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten, and completed his residency in internal medicine at Flushing Hospital Medical and fellowship in palliative medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. He is a member of the AAHPM, the American Academy of Home Care Medicine and serves as eastern regional chairman for North Shore-LIJ’s Palliative Committee.
More information about the Young Leader’s award, including the list of the award winners is on the Academy’s website www.aahpm.org.
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) is the professional organization for physicians specializing in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. AAHPM’s 5,000 members also include nurses and other healthcare providers who are committed to improving the quality of life of seriously ill patients and their families. For more than 25 years, the Academy has been dedicated to expanding access of patients and families to high quality palliative care, and advancing the discipline of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, through professional education and training, development of a specialist workforce, support for clinical practice standards, research and public policy. Learn more at www.aahpm.org.
About North Shore-LIJ Health System
One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 19 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,400 beds, employ nearly 11,000 nurses and have affiliations with about 10,000 physicians. With a workforce of about 54,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.
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