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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Bob Uslander, MD

Bob Uslander, MD

Early in his career as an emergency physician, Dr. Uslander was distressed to see so many elderly and disabled adults brought to the emergency room because they couldn’t access traditional care in a timely manner. He views Palliative Care as a way to practice the kind of high-touch, high-impact medicine he envisioned when he first applied to medical school.

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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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David Kaufer, MD

David Kaufer, MD

Dr. Kaufer holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of San Diego and received his Medical Degree from Tufts University in Boston. Dr. Kaufer is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has been practicing medicine

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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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Julie Robinson, FNP-C, GCNS-BC

Julie Robinson, FNP-C, GCNS-BC

Julie Robinson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, and a Master of Science degree in Nursing as a clinical nurse specialist with specialization in gerontology from California State

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Cristina Tobon-Chung, RNP

Cristina Tobon-Chung, RNP

Cristina became interested in Palliative Care because of the opportunity it affords to help patients obtain a better quality of life in the comfort of their own homes and surrounded by family members. She is fluent in English and Spanish and she is dedicated to helping the Hispanic community.

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Virginia Rusinova, NP

Virginia Rusinova, NP

Virginia Rusinova holds both a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree in Adult Geriatric Practice and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Arizonia State University. She has affiliations with the Geriatrics Society and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

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