What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness – whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. It is appropriate at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.  (Center to Advance Palliative Care) 

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Our Team

Emmet W. Lee, MD, FAAHPM

Emmet W. Lee, MD, FAAHPM

Dr. Lee was first drawn to the field of hospice and palliative medicine by a desire to provide his patients with the best possible continuity of care. He is committed to treating each of his patients as a whole person, a process that includes involving their families as active participants in the patient’s care.

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Sabiha Pasha, MD, ABIM

Sabiha Pasha, MD, ABIM

In practice for over 22 years Dr. Pasha discovered palliative care in 2005. As Dr. Pasha says, ultimately, suffering is a part of life and having someone to hold your hand, even for a moment, can ease the pain. Palliative care is not rocket science, but it is the one las bastion where the art of healing lives on.

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Nayana M. Trivedi, MD

Nayana M. Trivedi, MD

Nayana M. Trivedi was inspired to become doctor seeing her physician father teaching medical students. She graduated as valedictorian from the University in India. She did her residency in Internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach and became a board certified Internist.

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Anish Patel, MD

Anish Patel, MD

Dr. Patel believes there is more to suffering than having physical symptoms. For some people, the dying process is fraught with confusion, fear, and anguish. Navigating through these complicated emotions can be overwhelming without help.

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Amir A. Assari, MD

Amir A. Assari, MD

Dr. Assari supports our palliative care program at Palomar Health System and is dual board certified in both hospital medicine and palliative medicine. He provides inpatient hospice and palliative care, consults and serves as a hospitalist for the system as well.

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Kornelia A. Kopec, NP

Kornelia A. Kopec, NP

Kornelia holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology as well as a Bachelor in Nursing Degree. Kornelia earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree as a dual Family Practice and Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of San Diego. She is Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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Edward Teare, NP

Edward Teare, NP

Edward holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of Toledo and a Masters Degree as an Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. He is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and has over eleven years of clinical experience.

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Carol Lieber, NP

Carol Lieber, NP

Carol’s qualifications include over 25 years of experience as a registered nurse. Her career has included experience in direct patient care, education, and management. Carol is Board Certified by the Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

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Barbara Smith, FNP

Barbara Smith, FNP

Barbara Smith-Gercke holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rush University in Chicago, and an MSN/FNP from the University of San Diego. Barbara is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has over twenty years of experience

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Haili Hannah, Care Coordinator

Haili Hannah, Care Coordinator

Haili works with patients and their families to answer their questions, schedule their appointments and assist with access to services. She is licensed as an EMT and currently pursuing a degree as a registered nurse in the hopes of furthering her career in medicine.

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