Our Leadership

Russell K. Portenoy, MD
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.

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.


Dr. Bernard Lee
Associate Chief Medical Officer

As Associate Chief Medical Officer of MJHS Hospice, 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 the Greater New York City area.

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.


Rabbi Charles Rudansky
Director of Pastoral Care

Since 2005, Rabbi Charles Rudansky has been director of pastoral care at MJHS Hospice, where he oversees three other chaplains and coordinates with medical staff to meet the spiritual needs of patients. Before coming to MJHS Hospice, he worked for Cabrini Medical Center, Hospice; Continuum Hospice Care of Mount Sinai Beth Israel; and Hospice Care Network.

Prior to specializing in hospice, Rudansky served as a hospital chaplain and as a chaplain for the U.S. Army, where he held the rank of captain. Certified as a medical chaplain from the New York Board of Rabbis, he also is certified in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) from the Health Care Chaplaincy. He received his ordination from Yeshiva University in 1989 and lives in Westchester County, where he is rabbi of Orienta Synagogue.