Expert Panel to Focus on Improved Pain Relief, Quality of Life for New Yorkers with Advanced Illness

New Palliative Care Education and Training Council Meets April 18

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 15, 2008) – State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., today announced appointments to a new expert panel on palliative care that will develop guidance and advise the Commissioner on best practices in pain management and end-of-life care.

The first meeting of the New York State Palliative Care Education and Training Council will be Friday, April 18, at 10 a.m. at the Department of Health office at 90 Church Street, New York City.

"Many medical experts as well as patients and family members have experienced or witnessed the under-treatment of pain," said Commissioner Daines. "The members of this new council will help us ensure that New Yorkers with advanced, life-limiting illness receive the effective, compassionate palliative care they deserve."

"Many physicians do not have adequate or up-to-date education and training in palliative care and the diagnosis and treatment of pain," said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried. "The Council will provide expert guidance from experienced people in the field for New York's program to offer education and technical support in palliative care."

Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the Senate Health Committee, said: "Comprehensive, coordinated care, focusing on patient comfort is a public policy goal best advanced through the concerted efforts of the newly formed, distinguished Palliative Care Council. I look forward to their participation in this issue."

The creation of the council was provided for in the Palliative Care Education and Training Act as part of the 2007 state budget legislation. The Council's responsibilities include recommending:

  • Standards and regulations to determine eligibility for designation of Palliative Care Certified Medical Schools;
  • Standards and regulations to determine eligibility for designation of Palliative Care Certified Residency Programs;
  • Grants for palliative care curricula for trainees;
  • Criteria for designating Centers for Palliative Care Excellence; and,
  • Criteria for designating Palliative Care Practitioner Resource Centers

The legislation requires that Commissioner Daines in conjunction with the council submit a report to Governor David A. Paterson and the Legislature by Feb. 1, 2010.

Dr. Daines' appointments to the council were based on recommendations from health care professionals, consumers, medical institutions, and educational leaders.

The appointees, who will serve three-year terms, are:

  • Jeffrey Berger, M.D., Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Thomas Burke, M.S., New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education
  • Deborah Campbell, M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Alexie Cintron, M.D., M.P.H., Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Lyla Correoso, M.D., Bronx Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice
  • Julia Donnaruma, Healthcare Association of New York State
  • Kathleen Foley, M.D., Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • David Gould, Ph.D., United Hospital Fund of New York
  • Susan Groudine, R.N., Town of Colonie Senior Services
  • Marsha Hurst, Ph.D., Health Advocacy and Education Consultant
  • Patricia Lippincott Knox, M.S.N., University Hospital, Syracuse
  • David Korones, M.D., University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Luis Marcos, M.D., D.M.Sc., New York University School of Medicine
  • Diane Meier, M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Stacie Pinderhughes, M.D., North General Hospital
  • Russell Portenoy, M.D., Beth Israel Medical Center
  • Tia Powell, M.D., New York State Task Force on Life & the Law
  • Charlotte Rowe, R.N.,Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester
  • Rebecca Urbach, Esq., Greater New York Hospital Association

Friday's meeting of the council will be open to the public, but due to limited space pre-registration is required by contacting Candace DeCaires-McCarthy at 212-417-5444 or cxd03@health.state.ny.us. Registration must be completed by 5 p.m. April 16. Photo identification will be required on the meeting date for building access. The meeting Webcast will be available at http://www.nyhealth.gov/events/webcasts.