2019 CAMS SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM FACULTY


Emily Chai, MD

Associate Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Vice Chair, Department of Geriatrics & Palliative Care, Inpatient Services, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Emily Chai is currently an Associate Professor and the Vice Chair of Inpatient Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in the Dept of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She started her medical career as the director of the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute where she increased the size of the palliative care consultation to over 2400/year, expanded the number of palliative care disciplines from 3 to 8, and extended the clinical palliative care experience to include not only Palliative Care fellows but also fellows in Geriatrics, Oncology, Anesthesia Pain, Surgical Oncology and residents in Emergency medicine. She then established the first Palliative care unit (PCU) in Manhattan and led the clinical service to both a Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification in Palliative Care without citations and a Cirle of Life Award from AMA. In her current role as the Vice Chair of Inpatient Geriatrics and Palliative Care services, she continues to create models to bring palliative care to patients and their family earlier in their disease trajectory across the Mount Sinai Health System while concurrently developing a geriatric surgical co-management model that she hopes will not only provide better care for older adults but also decrease health care utilizations. Dr. Chai has received numerous recognitions and has published extensively on topics of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.

Jeannie Chin Hansen, RN, MS, FAAN


Ula Y. Hwang, MD

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Associate Professor, Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Marta Kazandjian, MA, CCC-SPL, BCS-S

Director, Resident Centered Care/Speech Pathology/Swallowing

The Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

Adjunct Lecturer, Adelphi University


Marta Kazandjian MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-S is Director of Resident Centered Care and Speech Pathology/Swallowing at The Silvercrest Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. She is board certified in swallowing and swallowing disorders. She is an invited national and international speaker and has extensive experience working with complex medically fragile populations in acute, sub-acute and long term care settings. Marta specializes in swallowing and communication impairment in these patient populations and has a particular interest in palliative and end of life care. She has shared her expertise in her role on the Palliative Care Interdisciplinary team and as Co-Chair of Ethics at Silvercrest. Marta’s collaborative work with the interdisciplinary team facilitates autonomy for patients who present with communication impairment. Marta’s received additional training at the University of Arizona’s Integrative Medical Program, College of Medicine where she received her certification as an Integrative Health Coach.




Maria B. Lee, MD

Private Practice

Dr. Lee is the President of Living-at-Home Medical, PC. Her practice primarily sees patients in Manhattan’s Chinatown, the Lower East Side, and areas of Brooklyn.

Dr. Lee has been making house calls to frail elders since 1995. She received training in home based primary care using a multi-disciplinary team approach during her Internal Medicine – Primary Care residency training at St. Vincent’s Hospital /Department of Community Medicine. Following residency, Dr. Lee began practicing house calls at St. Vincent Hospital’s Chelsea-Village Program / Living-at-Home Program (1999-2010), primarily serving monolingual Chinese and Latino American homebound elders. After St. Vincent Hospital's closure in 2010, she became Site Director of the Mount Sinai Chelsea-Village House Call Program, under Mount Sinai’s Visiting Doctor’s Program (2010-2012).

In order to better meet the needs of the Chinese community, she ventured into private practice in 2012 and subsequently opened her own practice in December of 2013.

Dr. Lee is passionate about providing geriatric and palliative care for homebound patients in the Chinese community. Her goal is to reduce physical, cultural, and language barriers to health care access in order to reduce re-hospitalization rates and nursing home placement for monolingual Chinese immigrants. Dr. Lee also works closely with her patients and their families to establish personalized life goals in their last chapter of life. When appropriate, she and her staff work closely with hospice agencies to provide end-of-life care at home.

Dr. Lee has earned her MD degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. She was certified in the subspecialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine through the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2006 – 2013), before clinical hospice and palliative medicine fellowship training became a requisite for sitting for the board.


Michael T. Lin, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology, Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University


Ning Lin, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University

Assistant Attending, Neurological Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital



Cynthia X. Pan, MD, AGSF, FACP

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Weill Cornell Medical College

Chief, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care

Designated Institutional Official, GME

NewYork-Presbyterian Queens

Dr. Pan received her MD degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Rochester and Geriatrics Fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Division on Aging. She was a faculty member of the Departments of Geriatrics and Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine from 1997 to 2006. Dr. Pan served as Medical Director for Queens for Hospice Care Network from 2006 to 2010. In 2010, Dr. Pan joined NewYork-Presbyterian Queens (NYPQ), as the founding director of its Palliative Care Program. In 2012, Dr. Pan became Division Chief of Geriatrics and Palliative Care Medicine. She served as Program Director for the Geriatrics Fellowship. In 2015, Dr. Pan and her team started a new Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship at NYPQ. Dr. Pan serves on the advisory board of the Community Health Initiatives Program at NYPQ, helping to outreach to the diverse community and improve services for this population. Under her leadership, the NYPQ Palliative Care team is fully interdisciplinary, with full time physicians, advance practice nurses including nurse practitioners, social worker, as well as pharmacist and chaplain. With Dr Pan’s direction, NYPQ’s Palliative Care program has transformed the standard of care for patients living with serious illness, and their families.

Dr. Pan is a longstanding member and leader in multiple organizations, including the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), the American College of Physicians (ACP), and the Chinese American Medical Society (CAMS).

Dr. Pan strongly believes in medical and interdisciplinary education. In Dec 2018, she became DIO and Director of GME (Graduate Medical Education), and aims to turn residency training into the #MostMeaningfulYears of their lives!


Tony Quach, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medicine

Associate Director of Sports Medicine Services, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens

Dr. Quach is the co-director of the sports medicine department at New
York Presbyterian Queens.  He currently serves as an assistant professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell medicine. He is the head team physician of St. John's men's basketball team. He completed his undergraduate training at Cornell University.  He obtained his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He went on to complete his orthopedic residency at NYU/Hospital for Joint Disease.  He completed a fellowship in sports
medicine at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).



David Shi, MD

Attending Anesthesiologist, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens

Interim Vice Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens

Dr. David Shi is the Director of Perioperative Services at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey. He previously served as the Vice Chair of Department of Anesthesiology at New York Presbyterian Queens in Flushing, New York. Dr. Shi attended Duke University for his undergraduate education and received his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University, where he was inducted into the AΩA medical honor society. He trained at New York Presbyterian – Columbia University for both his anesthesiology residency and pediatric anesthesiology fellowship. He enjoys treating patients ranging in age from neonates to geriatrics and holds a special interest in perioperative medicine.



Jeanne Y. Wei, MD, PhD

Executive Director of  Donald W. Reynolds Institute of Aging and Department of Geriatrics

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences



Stanley Yang, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology, Weill Cornell Medical College

Dr. Yang is managing partner of Radiology Associates of Main Street, PC and a director of Main Street Radiology LLC, and is Assistant Chief-of-Section of the Department of Radiology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens and Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. He has been practicing radiology for over 20 years. Dr. Yang is a graduate of NYU Radiology residency and fellowship training with subspecialty qualification in Neuroradiology.



Peter Paul Yu, MD, FACP, FASCO

Physician-in-Chief, Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute

Clinical Member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Peter Paul Yu is Physician-in-Chief of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute and Affiliate Member and co-Head of Health Informatics for the MSK Cancer Alliance at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He graduated from the combined undergraduate and medical school Program in Liberal Medical Education at the Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University. His residency was at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Medical Center in New York City where he was Chief Resident. After a fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center with Dr. James Holland, Dr. Yu completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in the laboratory of Dr. John Mendelsohn. He has served as President of the Association of Northern California Oncologists, Chief of Medicine at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, member of the Board of Directors of Pathways Homecare and Hospice and as member of the Audit Committee of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.

Dr. Yu served as President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2014-2015. Past ASCO activities have included Board Member, Chair of the Clinical Practice Committee, Chair HIT Work Group, Chair Awards Committee, member of the Cancer Research, Integrated Media, Grant Selection, Audit, Nominating, Scientific Program, Education and Quality of Care committees. Chair of the Best of ASCO San Francisco 2005, Chair ASCO EHR Symposium 2009, Annual Meeting Educational Session Chair 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018, and faculty of the Clinical Trials for the Community Oncology Team Workshop 2005. In 2017, he was the inaugural Education Committee Global Oncology track leader and in 2019 chair of ASCO’s first international symposium, Breakthroughs, that focuses on technological innovation.

As President of ASCO 2014-2015 and Chair of the ASCO Clinical Practice Committee 2006-2007 he was engaged in public policy with Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on payment reform which included multiple major legislative bills: Medicare Modernization Act (MMA), American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). He was involved with the development of ASCO’s Patient-Centered Oncology Payment Model (PCOP) and the ASCO Value Based Framework for oncology therapeutics.

Dr. Yu has served as member of the College of American Pathologists Cancer Biomarker Reporting Committee, the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer Value-Based Subcommittee, Global Alliance for Genomics & Health, Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research External Advisory Board, the California Department of Health California Cancer Registry External Advisory Committee and the American Joint Committee on Cancer.

Dr. Yu has served as co-chair of the Commission for Certification of Health Information Technology (CCHIT) Oncology work group, co-chair of the AMA-RAND Clinical Decision Support Oncology work group under contract to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, co-chair of the ASCO-NCI CORE informatics project and has participated in several Institute of Medicine health information technology workshops. Dr. Yu is an elected member of the Epic Systems Oncology Steering Board and a member of the Board of Governors of ASCO’s CancerLinQ, a rapid learning health system aggregating data across electronic health record systems.

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