Dr. Russell K. Portenoy

Executive Director
MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care

Chief Medical Officer
MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

Dr. Russell Portenoy is Director of the MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care and Chief Medical Officer of MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care. He is also a Professor of Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to joining MJHS, Dr. Portenoy was founding Chairman of the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care and the Gerald J. Friedman Chair in Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center. READ MORE...

Renowned as a health care leader, Dr. Portenoy is Past President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Past President of the American Pain Society. He previously chaired the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the organization that successfully formalized hospice and palliative medicine as a medical subspecialty. A recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Leadership Award of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Portenoy has also received the Wilbert Fordyce Award for Lifetime Excellence in Clinical Investigation and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Pain Society, and was given the Founder’s Award by the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Dr. Portenoy has been Editor in Chief of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management for more than two decades, co-edits the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and is editor for the palliative care section of The Oncologist. He has written, co-authored or edited 21 books and more than 525 papers and book chapters on topics in pain and symptom management, opioid pharmacotherapy and palliative care. READ LESS...

Dr. Bernard Lee

Associate Chief Medical Officer
MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

As Associate Chief Medical Officer of MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care, Dr. Bernard Lee works with a large team of hospice and palliative care practitioners, including physicians, nurses and physician assistants, to provide expert, end-of-life care as well as pain and symptom management to patients throughout Greater New York. READ MORE...

Dr. Lee also is a palliative care attending physician within Montefiore Medical Center’s palliative care inpatient unit and consult service as well as a teaching attending at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in palliative care and family medicine. Prior to joining MJHS Hospice, he served as Senior Medical Director for Compassionate Care Hospice and as Bronx Hospice Medical Director for Continuum Hospice Care. He also worked as a family medicine attending physician at Montefiore.

Dr. Lee graduated from the United States Military Academy West Point with a bachelor of science in national security and public affairs; completed a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at New York University; and earned a medical degree from Stony Brook School of Medicine. He is board-certified in hospice and palliative medicine as well as family practice. He also is New York State-certified in medical acupuncture and HIV and cancer pain massage. READ LESS...

Susan Lage, LSCW

Director of Business Development
MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

As Director of Business Development, Susan Lage is responsible for new contracts, referrals, and initiatives designed to increase the MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care census. During her tenure, the organization has seen significant growth in the number of New York families served by the program. READ MORE...

Susan also builds partnerships with outside facilities and oversees MJHS account managers and hospice care planners. At hospitals, nursing homes and health plan companies throughout Greater New York, she frequently speaks on the hospice and palliative care services available through MJHS.

Susan first joined MJHS in 2010 as Social Work Manager. Prior to that, she served as Psychiatric Clinical Social Worker for Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center and Psychiatric Clinical Social Worker for Louis E. Reinhold, Brooklyn Psychiatric Centers.

She holds a post- master’s certification in end-of-life care from the NYU Silver School of Social Work and additional certification in psychodynamic process therapy from the Institute of Process Therapy. She earned her MSW at New York University’s Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work. She earned her BBA at the University of Kentucky. READ LESS...

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