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Bi-campus (Columbia and Cornell) Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Program Highlights

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About the Program

The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program began training leaders in palliative care at the Columbia campus in 2011. Since then the program has grown to a class size of four fellows, and in 2019 was joined by Cornell to form a bi-campus program that incorporates the strengths and opportunities of both medical centers.

NewYork-Presbyterian, with its diversity of clinical training programs, patient populations, faculty, and staff, provides an ideal setting for interdisciplinary interaction and collaboration, as our fellows work with the varied clinical providers who participate in the care of seriously ill adults and children. The year-long fellowship encompasses the medical, psychosocial, ethical, existential, and spiritual domains of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. We are committed to the excellence and preparation of future leaders in the clinical, educational, policy, and research areas of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Clinical Training

Rotation site

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical center (CUIMC): Inpatient Consultation, Clinical Ethics, Continuity Clinic
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (WCMC): Inpatient Consultation, Continuity Clinic
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital (MSCH): Pediatric palliative care
  • Mary Manning Walsh: Long-term care rotation/hospice
  • VNS Hospice: Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx

The fellows have an active clinical role at all sites during the fellowship while working with the respective Interdisciplinary Teams (IDTs). One month of elective time is offered to pursue research or additional clinical training. Examples include Clinical Ethics, Radiation Oncology, Integrative therapies, Interventional Pain Medicine, Consultation Psychiatry, Psychology, Neuro-Oncology, Geriatrics, and more. International Electives are also possible — for example, in the Dominican Republic, Uganda, and India.



Inpatient Consult Service (CUMC)

3.5 months

Inpatient Consult Service (WCM)

3.5 months

Medical Ethics (CUMC)

0.5 month

Hospice (VNS)

2 months

Pediatric Palliative Care

0.5 month

Mary Manning Walsh Home

1 month


1 month


4 weeks


Didactics & educational program

  • HPM Fellowshop Core Lecture Series (weekly)
  • Journal Club (monthly)
  • Departmental Grand Rounds (weekly)
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine Grand Rounds (monthly)
  • Bi-campus Case Conferences Columbia and Cornell (quarterly)
  • Debriefing and Resiliency Training sessions for our fellows (monthly)
  • Narrative Medicine Workshop (monthly)
    • We are committed to helping our fellows develop a reflective practice and develop and strengthen their narrative competence. That is, "to recognize, absorb, metabolize, interpret, and be moved by the stories of illness." (Rita Charon)

How to Apply

Our Bi-campus (Columbia and Cornell campuses) HPM fellowship program is listed in ERAS as NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia and Cornell Campus) Program — (5403512118)

[Previously, our fellowship program was listed as NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus) Program Number 5403504076]

The fellowship is an ACGME approved interdisciplinary fellowship (4 fellows per year) located in both the Department of Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine.

Applicants who have completed (or will complete) an ACGME approved residency in one of the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Family medicine
  • Internal medicine
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry and neurology
  • Radiology
  • Surgery

Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The following are required for applicants to upload to ERAS: Curriculum vitae, Personal statement, 3 letters of support, Test scores (e.g., United States Medical Licensing Examination or Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates). Fellowship candidates can submit applications to our program in July. We begin reviewing applications in August and invite successful applicants to interview on a rolling basis.


Manali Saraiya, MD

Manali Saraiya, MD

Bi-Campus Hospice and Palliative Medicine Clinical Fellow

Medical School: American University of Antigua

Residency: Internal Medicine at Brooklyn Hospital Center of Mt. Sinai

Fellowship: Geriatrics at Weill Cornell New York Presbyterian

Boards/Certifications: Board Certified in Internal Medicine (10/01/2020-10/01/2030)

Goals as Palliative Care Provider: Dr. Saraiya hopes to continue my education to better help families and patients during this process of aging. During college, she had the opportunity to earn a degree in secondary education alongside her bachelor’s degree. It was then she found her passion to teach. She is hoping to use her passion to teach and my love for geriatrics and palliative care to help take better care of patients and their families.

Nadav Klein, MD

Nadav Klein, MD

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Clinical Fellow

Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Psychiatry Residency: The Ohio State University Medical Center

Fellowship: New York-Presbyterian Bi-campus (Columbia/Cornell)

Goals as Palliative Care Provider: Dr. Klein's goal is to enhance the quality of life of both the individuals who he cares for and their families. He is dedicated to improving communication, symptom, and pain management. He aims to honor personal values, and promote clarity about emotional experiences while recognizing the uncertainty that often comes with grappling with serious medical illness.

Gianna Ramos, MD, MSW, MPH

Gianna Ramos, MD, MSW, MPH

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Clinical Fellow

Medical School: UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

Residency: General Surgery, Oregon Health and Science University

Goals as Palliative Care Provider: I hope to be able to better understand the interface between surgery and palliative care. I want to work to improve access to palliative care for underserved surgical patients and explore how I, as both a surgeon and palliative care physician, will be able to improve outcomes for my patients by utilizing both of my skill sets.

Adam Z. Tepler, MD

Adam Z. Tepler, MD

Bi-Campus Hospice and Palliative Medicine Clinical Fellow

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Internal Medicine Residency: Montefiore Medical Center

Fellowship: New York-Presbyterian Bi-campus (Columbia/Cornell) Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Boards/Certifications: Internal Medicine - 10/2020

Goals as Palliative Care Provider: My overall goal as a palliative care fellow is to learn how to most effectively diminish suffering, through a holistic and patient-centered approach. I hope to help patients and their loved ones navigate life-altering diagnoses and chronic disease in the most dignified and human way possible.

Lauren Wagner, MD

Lauren Wagner, MD

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow

Medical School: Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio

Residency: Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center

Goals as Palliative Care Provider: I'm interested in learning how to better serve our patients to make hospital and chronic diseases slightly less scary for patients and their families.

Contact us

Adult Palliative Care Service

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Elizabeth Moreno
Program Coordinator, Bi-Campus (Columbia and Cornell) HPM Fellowship
Administrative Assistant to Dr. Craig Blinderman, Adult Palliative Care Service