NewYork-Presbyterian Queens


Cynthia X. Pan, MD, FACP, AGSF

Cynthia X. Pan, MD, FACP, AGSF

Cynthia X. Pan, MD, FACP, AGSF

Chief, Division of Geriatrics & Palliative Care Medicine

Board Certifications:
Internal Medicine; Geriatrics; Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Academic Appointment: 
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

Practice Began:
Internal Medicine/Geriatrics in 1997; Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 1999

Education and Training:
BA, Harvard University; MD, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, NY;
Internship & Residency, University of Rochester, NY;
Geriatrics Fellowship, Harvard Medical School Division on Aging, Boston

Specialty Society Membership:
American College of Physicians (Fellow), American Geriatrics Society (Fellow),
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine,
Chinese American Medical Society (Board of Directors), Association of Chinese American Physicians

Year Appointed at NYP Queens:

Academic Interests:
Educating students, residents, fellows, and interdisciplinary teams about palliative care, end of life care, geriatrics, cultural humility, communication skills, wellbeing, graduate medical education, international health, community outreach and public education

Personal Interests:
Spending time with family, traveling, dancing, reading, writing, exploring the neighborhoods of New York City’s diverse boroughs and their cuisines

Languages Spoken:
Chinese Mandarin, Spanish

Selected Publications:

  • Pan CX, Kales J, Sanchez-Reilly S. I want to go home. Ann Intern Med. 2004 Dec 21; 141(12): 964-5.
  • Pan CX, Carmody S, Leipzig RM, et al. There is Hope for the Future: National Survey Results Reveal That Geriatrics Fellows Are Well-Educated in End-of-life Care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005 Apr; 53(4): 705-10.
  • Pan CX, Leo-To WF. Cross-cultural health care for older adults: strategies for pharmacists. Consult Pharm. 2014; 29(10):645-53.
  • Pan CX, Abraham O, Giron F, LeMarie P, Pollock S. Just Ask: Hospice Familiarity in Asian and Hispanic Adults. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2015 May;49(5):928-33.
  • Ng J, Pan CX, Geube A, Tan C, Kawai F, Chorost M. Your postop patient is confused and agitated—next steps? Your older patient exhibits signs and symptoms that suggest delirium. Here’s how to best handle this complication. J Fam Pract. 2015 June;64(6):361-366.
  • Pan CX, Gutierrez C, Maw MM, Kansler AL, Gross L, He J, Kanta R, and Paul S. Impact of a Palliative Care Program on Tracheostomy Utilization in a Community Hospital. J Palliat Med. 2015 Nov 19;18(12):1070-3. PMID: 26584021
  • Pan CX, Platis D, Maw MM, Morris J, Pollack S, Kawai F. How Long Does (S)He Have? Retrospective Analysis of Outcomes After Palliative Extubation in Elderly, Chronically Critically Ill Patients. Crit Care Med. 2016 Jun;44(6):1138-44. PMID: 26958748
  • Lester PE, Kawai F, Rodrigues L, Lolis J, Martins-Welch D, Shalshin A, Fazzari MJ, Pan CX. "Palliative Care in New York State Nursing Homes."  American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2017 Jan 1. PMID: 28135811
  • Lambden, J.P., Chamberlin P.D., Kozlov E., Lief L, Berlin D., Pelissier L., Yushuvayev E., Pan C.X., Prigerson H.G. Association of Perceived Futile or Potentially Inappropriate Care with Burnout and Thoughts of Quitting Among Healthcare Providers. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2018 Aug 5. PMID: 30079753. 
  • Palathra B, Kawai F, Oromendia C, Bushan A, Patel Y, Morris J, Pan CX.  "To Code or Not to Code: Teaching Multidisciplinary Clinicians to Conduct Code Status Discussions." J Palliat Med. 2019 Jan 7.  [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 30615558
  • Chamberlin PD, Lambden, JP, Kozlov E, Maciejewski R, Lief L, Berlin DA, Pelissier L, Yushuvayev E, Pan CX, Prigerson HG.  Clinicians' Perceptions of Futile or Potentially Inappropriate Care and Associations with Avoidant Behaviors and Burnout.  J Palliat Med. 2019 Mar 15. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30874470
  • Pan CX, Palumbo K, Palathra BC.  FRIENDS: A Communication Guide for Advance Care Planning. Mayo Clin Proc.  January 2020;95(1):199-204.  PMID: 31902421
  • Kawai F, Pan CX, Zaravinos J, Maw MM, Lee G. Do Hispanics prefer to be full code at the end of life? The impact of palliative care consults on clarifying code status preferences and hospice referrals in Spanish-speaking patients. Palliative and Supportive Care, July 2020; 1-6. PMID: 32662388
  • Blinderman CD, Adelman R, Kumaraiah D, Pan CX, Palathra BC, Kaley K, Trongone N, Spillane K. A Comprehensive Approach to Palliative Care during the Coronavirus Pandemic. J Palliat Med. 2020 Dec 1. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2020.0481. PMID: 33264065.
  • Luth EA, Pan CX, Viola M, Prigerson HG. Dementia and Early Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders Associated With Less Intensive End-of-Life Care: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2021 Jan 20:1049909121989020. PMID: 33467864.
  • Litrivis E, Spinelli A, Brondolo E, Crupi R, Reich R, Rubin ME, Pan CX.  Teaming and Thinking Outside the Box for Trainee Redeployment During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Grad Med Educ. 2021 Jun;13(3):442-443. Epub 2021 Jun 14. PMID: 34178284
  • Pan CX, Spinelli A, Litrivis E, Popoviciu A, Thomson KP, Brondolo E. AD-LAST! An interdisciplinary clinical workshop to improve cultural and spiritual awareness in advance care planning skills. Palliat Support Care. 2022 Mar 15;1-7. PMID: 35289264
  • Viola M, Braun RT, Luth EA, Pan CX, Lief L, Gang J, Adamou Z, Dodd P, Prigerson HG. Associations of Intellectual Disability with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Endotracheal Intubation at End of Life. J Palliat Med. 2022 Apr 18. PMID: 35442779
  • Pan CX, Wang E, Leo-To WF. Chinese American Older Adults. In: Periyakoil VJ, Ohuabunwa U, eds. Geriatrics Cultural Navigator. American Geriatrics Society: 2022. https://geriatricscareonline.org/ProductAbstract/Geriatrics-Cultural-Navigator/B066
  • Ju TR, Mikrut EE, Spinelli A, Romain AM, Brondolo E, Sundaram V, Pan CX. Factors Associated with Burnout among Resident Physicians Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: A 2-Month Longitudinal Observation Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Aug 7;19(15):9714. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19159714. PMID: 35955071.
  • Moore CM, Pan CX, Roseman K, Stephens MM, Bien-Aime C, Morgan AC, Ross W, Castillo MC, Palathra BC, Jones CA, Ailey S, Tuffrey-Wijne I, Smeltzer SC, Tobias J. Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Navigating the Needs of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. J Palliat Med. 2022 Sep 9. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2022.0384. PMID: 36083260.
  • Pan CX, Luo EJ, Wang E, Szeto DA, Lum H, Ma J, Chen Stokes S, Chan S, Wong C, Guo J, Wang L, Chang V, Crupi RS. Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Caring for Chinese American Patients. J Palliat Med. 2022 Oct 18. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2022.0470. PMID: 36260416.
  • Pan CX, Crupi R, August P, Sundaram V, Norful AA, Schwartz JE, Miele AS, Simons RR, Mikrut EE, Brondolo E. An Intensive Longitudinal Assessment Approach to Surveilling Trajectories of Burnout over the First Year of the COVID Pandemic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(4), 2930; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20042930