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Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Program Director's Message

Thank you for your interest in the Fellowship Program in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at NYU Winthrop Hospital.

In order to render superior palliative care, physicians require an extraordinary range of skills along with both breadth and depth of knowledge. The NYU Winthrop Hospital Fellowship Program in Hospice and Palliative Medicine is designed to train physicians using a model that emphasizes critical thinking, active learning methods, and interdisciplinary skill building. The Fellowship is based on the tenet that complex moral and ethical challenges are common in palliative care, and the ability to manage these issues is essential to providing the highest level of care.

Our faculty members dedicate as much time and attention to the tasks of mentoring, professionalism, and skill building in clinical ethics as they commit to teaching the medical and technical aspects of excellent palliative care. Fellows will receive training in adult and pediatric palliative medicine in a large variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical setting such as office-based practice, acute hospital, home and institutional hospice, as well as long term care. The curriculum includes extensive expert level training in the state-of-the-art symptom management in a wide variety of diseases.

NYU Winthrop's fellows will graduate with the same high levels of clinical expertise required to manage patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) and to titrate methadone, as they will have in working within complex family dynamics and in managing the ethical complexities of palliative sedation. We will teach you both medicine and doctoring.

The fellowship program takes advantage of NYU Winthrop’s state-of-the-art Simulation Lab for skill building with additional input and guidance from behavioral health experts and experienced educators.

The Hospice and Palliative Care fellowship’s key faculty members are active at both state and national levels including the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American College of Physicians, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the New York State Palliative Care Education and Training Council, and the Medical Society of the State of New York. In addition, our core clinical team is exceptional in that each physician, nurse practitioner, and social worker is formally trained and/or certified in palliative care within their respective professions. We are a cohesive team of highly qualified individuals driven to provide excellent education as well as patient care. In addition to our rapidly growing outpatient services in Pallaitive Medicine and Supportive Oncology, our team is responsible for over 1000 inpatient consultations annually.

NYU Winthrop Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and will begin recruitment for the 2019-2020 academic year in August 2018. If you are a superior physician with aspirations to develop exceptional skills in the specialty of palliative medicine, we invite you to apply to our program. Please contact us with any questions.

- Jeffrey Berger, MD

About NYU Winthrop

NYU Winthrop Hospital is committed to excellence in graduate medical education. An Independent Academic Medical Center located on Long Island, NYU Winthrop’s 591-bed tertiary care hospital sponsors exceptional graduate medical education programs. The institution is proud of its 100+ years of clinical excellence.

In 2015, NYU Winthrop Hospital opened a new, state-of-the-art, 95,000 square-foot Research and Academic Center. The building houses a large auditorium, many conference and classrooms, a new Simulation Center, basic science laboratories, clinical research centers, and the biostatistics department. NYU Winthrop’s inpatient and outpatient facilities offer a full range of patient care experiences. Our dedicated faculty are excellent teachers and mentors.

NYU Winthrop is clearly at the forefront of medicine:

  • NYU Winthrop Hospital was named the 18th best large employer in America by Forbes Magazine in 2017
  • Magnet Recognized Hospital
  • NYU Winthrop Hospital is in the top 5% of U.S. Hospitals for Clinical Excellence as reported by healthgrades
  • Long Island’s first navigator program for cancer care
  • Nationally recognized Children’s Medical Center
  • Best Regional Hospital in US News and World Report

Program At a Glance

  • Active inpatient consultation service seeing more than 1000 patients annually
  • A year-long longitudinal continuity experience treating patients in outpatient palliative care and supportive oncology practices
  • Highly integrated Interdisciplinary Team (IDT)
  • Hospice experiences with Metropolitan Jewish Health System (MJHS®)
  • Long term care experience at Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • Expert level pain management using patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) devices
  • Tertiary palliative treatments (including the use of Ketamine use in the setting of malignant pain and hyperalgesia – allodynia)
  • Participation on the Institutional Bioethics Committee and Clinical Ethics Case Consultation Service
  • Opportunities for Bioethics Scholarship
  • Participation on the Pain Committee
  • Interdivisional -Interdisciplinary Research experiences
  • State-of-the-Art Simulation Center for building Critical Communication Skills
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine AAHPM membership
  • Exceptional benefits package
  • Extensive Elective Experience opportunities including:
    • Medical Oncology
    • Gynecological Oncology
    • Radiation Oncology
    • Pulmonary Hypertension and Pulmonary Fibrosis
    • Congestive Heart Failure

Didactic Curriculum

Core Curriculum Conferences
Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Team Meetings
Division Grand Rounds
Journal Club
Research Seminars
Case Presentations
Board Review
Quality Improvement
Simulation Exercises


Acute Care
Fellows work closely with an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and social workers, serving over a 1000 new patients a year. Fellows conduct initial and follow-up evaluations of patients, learn to facilitate family meetings, and work collaboratively in a formal interdisciplinary setting. Fellows interface regularly with pastoral care, pharmacy, nursing as well as a range of medical and surgical specialists, such as pain anesthesiologists, interventional radiologists and interventional gastroenterologists. Fellows receive training in the management of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) and a wide range of palliative treatments including intravenous and oral methadone titration and the use of ketamine. The Palliative Care Consultation service is well established, and fellows have the opportunity to see patients in the Emergency room, Intensive Care units, Neuro ICUs, as well as Pediatrics. The service sees a diversity of conditions and diseases. Approximately 35-40% of consultations involve patients with cancer diagnoses, including patients continuing to receive disease -directed therapies.

Ambulatory Palliative Care
As hospital-based palliative care matures, the field is seeing significant growth in outpatient settings. Our fellows will have a year-long continuity experience in our interdisciplinary outpatient palliative practice. Fellows are trained to care for patients who have a wide range of prognoses and a variety of diseases. The palliative outpatient practice also runs the institution’s Supportive Oncology Program. Patients are referred to the program from medical, pediatric, neuro, and gynecologic oncology. In addition, the practice sees many patients referred through NYU Winthrop’s Pulmonary Hypertension Center and Heart Failure Center.

The hospice care experience is provided by Metropolitan Jewish Health Services (MJHS®), a large regional hospice, palliative, and homecare provider. Fellows participate in home-based hospice care provided in the community; as well as hospice care provided in a traditional inpatient care unit (IPU). Fellows work closely with hospice nurses, chaplains, and social workers and attend weekly interdisciplinary team meetings. During their hospice experience, the fellows also learn about administrative aspects of hospice care and become familiar with the process, requirements, and criteria for certification and recertification of terminal illness, inpatient hospice admissions, and the admissions for respite care.

Long Term Care
The long term care experience takes place at Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. This center provides care for both patients admitted for short term rehabilitation and long term residents. Fellows benefit from a range of learning opportunities during this rotation. The Center also specializes in complex wound management. Hospice of New York operates an inpatient hospice unit in the facility.

A total of six weeks will be dedicated to elective learning. Fellows are given an opportunity to select from a variety of electives included but not limited to:

  • Medical Oncology
  • Gynecological Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Pulmonary Hypertension and Pulmonary Fibrosis Center
  • Congestive Heart Failure Center
  • Wound Healing Center
  • Research


Jeffrey T. Berger | NYU Winthrop Hospital

Jeffrey T. Berger, MD, Program Director, is Chief of the Division of Palliative Medicine and Director of Clinical Ethics at NYU Winthrop Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Dr. Berger is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Berger has over 20 years experience in medical practice with more than 15 years experience providing clinical bioethics case consultation. He established NYU Winthrop’s Palliative Care clinical program in 2007. In addition to practicing clinical medicine, Dr. Berger has focused his academic career in the domain of medicine and bioethics. He has served on numerous state and national committees including the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the American College of Physicians, and the New York State Palliative Care Education and Training Council.

Priya Pinto, MD | NYU Winthrop HospitalPriya Pinto, MD, Physician Faculty Member, is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Pinto completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital, and went on to complete fellowships in Geriatrics and in Palliative Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. For the last 5 years she has served as an Assistant Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Consulting Physician at Montefiore Medical Center and Fellowship Program Director in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Pinto has a special interest in teaching and education in Palliative Care.

Amanda Hafeez, MD | NYU Winthrop HospitalAmanda Hafeez, MD, Physician Faculty Member, is board certified in Internal Medicine and board eligible in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She secured her medical degree from St. Georges University School of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center where she continued to study as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the practice of Hospitalist Medicine. Dr. Hafeez subsequently completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at New York University. She has interests in bioethics consultation and palliative care education.

Dustin Earl Suanino, MD | NYU Winthrop HospitalDustin Earl Suanino, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine and board eligible in both Palliative and Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Suanino completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and completed an integrated Geriatric and Palliative Medicine fellowship at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. During his residency he served as chief resident and was honored with the Humanism Award in Internal Medicine. Dr. Suanino has a special interest in education of palliative medicine. 

Latifat Adeyemi, MS, ANP-BC | NYU Winthrop HospitalLatifat Adeyemi, MS, ANP-BC is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, who completed subspecialty training in Palliative Care and received a master’s degree from New York University. She also earned a bachlor's of arts in Speech Language Pathology from The State University of New York at Buffalo and a bachelor's of science from The College of New Rochelle. Mrs. Adeyemi joined the Palliative Care team summer of 2014, after working more than 7 years as an Oncology/Hematology Registered Nurse at New York Langone Medical Center.

Kathleen DiGangi Condon, DNP, MA, ANP-BC | NYU Winthrop HospitalKathleen DiGangi Condon, DNP, MA, ANP-BC is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Palliative Medicine and Bioethics. Dr. DiGangi Condon earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Stony Brook University, where her research focused on the role of a nurse-administered palliative screening tool on medical ICU nurses' moral distress. She received her bachelor's in science and master's in science from Columbia University’s School of Nursing. She also holds a bachelor's in arts from the College of the Holy Cross and an master's in arts from the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. DiGangi Condon joined NYU Winthrop in May of 2013 from Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, where she served as a nurse practitioner on the palliative care service. She also established an inpatient palliative care consult service at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. As a registered nurse, she practiced on the comprehensive transplant unit at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. DiGangi Condon is an Instructor in Medicine at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, where she teaches bioethics to first and second year medical students. She has lectured at Columbia University’s School of Nursing on pain, palliative care, and ethics.

Maria Christine Santos, MS, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, CCRN-CSC | NYU Winthrop HospitalMaria Christine Santos, MS, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, CCRN-CSC is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. Christine earned a bachelor's in science and master's in science in nursing, with a subspecialty in palliative care, from New York University’s College of Nursing.

Christine joined the Palliative Care team in 2015, after working over 7 years as a Critical Care Registered Nurse at New York Langone Medical Center. Christine also serves as an adjunct clinical faculty member at New York University’s College of Nursing, where she teaches undergraduate students during their clinical rotations.

Jessica T. Weinberger, MS, FNP, ACHPN | NYU Winthrop Hospital

Jessica T. Weinberger, MS, FNP, ACHPN is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and has been board certified as an Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner since 2003, the first year the certification was given. Jessica has a Master's in Science of Nursing from Pace University's Leinhard Graduate School of Nursing, and completed a bachelor's in science education in Rehabilitation Services from The University of Connecticut. Jessica worked in the fields of pediatrics, adults, and geriatrics until finding her passion of Palliative Care.

She joined NYU Winthrop Hospital's Palliative Care Program in 2011, after working for 15 years as a hospice and palliative care nurse and nurse practitioner in Nashville Tennessee. Since arriving at NYU Winthrop, Jessica has been a preceptor for Master's level palliative nurse practitioner students from New York University. In addition, Jessica participates on the Pain Management Committee at NYU Winthrop.

Barbara Kramer, RN, MSN, CHPN, OCN | NYU Winthrop HospitalBarbara Kramer, RN, MSN, CHPN, OCN is a registered nurse with specialty certifications in Hospice and Palliative Nursing and Oncology. Barbara earned her BSN at Fairfield University and Masters in Nursing Education from Molloy College. Barbara joined the Palliative Care team in 2017 and has a background in oncology and community health. During her 20 years working in home health care, Barbara assumed several roles including Field Case Manager, Palliative Care Coordinator, Performance Improvement Nurse, Team Manager, and Clinical Educator.

Dana Ribeiro Miller, M.Div., LMSW, ACHP-SW | NYU Winthrop HospitalDana Ribeiro Miller, M.Div., LMSW, ACHP-SW is licensed as a master of Social Work, She holds a masters degree in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work, where she was a recipient of the Dr. Maurice V. Russell Fellowship for Medical Social Work, a masters degree in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and a bachelor's of science from Rutgers University. She completed her subspecialty Palliative Care training via the Post Graduate Fellowship in Palliative Care at the Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel Division of Palliative Medicine. In addition to our team Dana is a member of the NYU Winthrop Bio-Ethics Committee and the Critical Incident Stress Management Team. She has also lectured/presented for the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network. Dana has an interest in academic teaching and formation of palliative care clinicians.

Nicole Rossi, LMSW | NYU Winthrop HospitalNicole Rossi, LMSW holds a master’s degree from Fordham University School of Social Work and a bachelor's of arts from the University of Rhode Island. Nicole has served as adjunct faculty at Fordham University within the Palliative Care Fellowship program and has clinical experience in hospice and oncology social work in a variety of settings including hospitals, home care, outpatient clinics and long-term care facilities. Nicole joined the NYU Winthrop Palliative Care team in 2018.

Abigail Nathanson, LCSW | NYU Winthrop HospitalAbigail Nathanson, LCSW has advanced credentialing in clinical supervision and post-graduate certificate training in palliative and end-of-life care. She earned a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill, her master's degree in social work from New York University and is a doctoral candidate at New York University in clinical social work. She is a member of adjunct faculty at New York University, where she teaches Grief, Loss and Bereavement in the master’s program, and created curriculum for and teaches a course on Clinical Practice with Chronic and Life-Limiting Illness. She also serves as a mentor in the Zelda Foster Fellowship program, working with emerging clinicians and experienced leaders in Palliative Care. Abigail has worked in multiple healthcare settings including acute care hospital, nursing home, mental health, hospice, and non-profit management of a caregiver program in individual and group modalities.

Research and Publications

Berger JT. Informed Consent is Inadequate and Shared Decision Making is Ineffective: Arguing for the Primacy of Authenticity in Decision Making Paradigms. In press, American Journal of Bioethics. 2017

Moody K, McHugh M, Baker R, Cohen H, Pinto P, Deutsch S, Santizo RO, Schechter M, Fausto J, Joo P. Providing Pediatric Palliative Care Education Using Problem-Based Learning. J Palliat Med. 2017 Aug 2

Pinto P, et al. "Patient Outcomes After Palliative Care Consultation Among Patients Undergoing Therapeutic Hypothermia." American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine® 35.4 (2018): 570-573.

Pinto P, Carolyn Genereux and Elizabeth Chuang. "Intimate Partner Violence# 345." Journal of palliative medicine 21.2 (2018): 255-256.

Pinto P, Persaud D, Gritsenko K (2017) Sex and Gender in Pain. In: Yong R, Nguyen M, Nelson E, Urman R (eds) Pain Medicine. Springer, Cham. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-43133-8_32

Altilio, T & Ribeiro, D.  Palliative Care, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Social Work. Oxford, New York.

Vila-Castelar C, Ly JJ, Kaplan L, Van Dyk K, Berger JT, Macina LO, Stewart JL, Foldi NS. Attention Measures of Accuracy, Variability, and Fatigue Detect Early Response to Donepezil in Alzheimer's Disease: A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Trial. Arch Clinical Neuropsychology. 2018 Apr 9.

Brand DA, Patrick PA, Berger JT, Ibrahim M, Matela A, Upadhyay S, and Spiegler P. Intensity of Vasopressor Therapy for Septic Shock and the Risk of In-Hospital Death. In press, the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Berger JT. The Limits of Surrogates’ Moral Authority and Physician Professionalism: Can the Paradigm of Palliative Sedation be Instructive? Hastings Center Report. January/February 2017 47 (1):20-23.

Van Arsdale A, Rosenbaum D, Kaur G, Pinto P, Kuo DY, Barrera R, Goldberg GL, Nevadunsky NS. Prevalence and factors associated with cognitive deficit in women with gynecologic malignancies. Gynecol Oncol. 2016 May;141(2):323-8. PMID: 26946094

Berger JT. Courage, Context, and Contemporary Health Care. Hastings Cent Rep. 2015, Nov-Dec;45(6):4. PMID: 26556137.

Berger JT. The Unfinished Business of Developing Standards for End-of-LifeCare: Leveraging Quality Improvement and Peer Review. Am J Bioeth. 2015;15(8):50-1. PMID: 26225521.

Berger JT. Stumbled, fumbled, bumbled, grumbled, and humbled: looking back at the future history of clinical ethics. J Clin Ethics. 2014 Summer;25(2):96-101. PMID: 24972059.

Berger JT. Redefining the domains of decision making by physician and patient. Int J Clin Pract. 2011 Aug;65(8):828-30. PMID: 21762307.

Lester PE, Daroowalla F, Harisingani R, Sykora A, Lolis J, Patrick PA, Feuerman M, Berger JT. Evaluation of housestaff knowledge and perception of competence in palliative symptom management. J Palliat Med. 2011 Feb;14(2):139-45. Epub 2011 Jan 9. PMID: 21214379.

Berger JT. Pandemic preparedness planning: will provisions for involuntary termination of life support invite active euthanasia? J Clin Ethics. 2010 Winter;21(4):308-11. PMID: 21313864.

Berger JT. Bedside ethics and health system catastrophe: imagine if you will... J Clin Ethics. 2010 Winter;21(4):285-7. PMID: 21313861.

Niederman MS, Berger JT. The delivery of futile care is harmful to other patients. Crit Care Med. 2010 Oct;38(10 Suppl):S518-22. PMID: 21164391.

Berger JT. What about process? Limitations in advance directives, care planning, and noncapacitated decision making. Am J Bioeth. 2010 Apr;10(4):33-4. PMID: 20379918.

Berger JT. Discharge against medical advice: ethical considerations and professional obligations. J Hosp Med. 2008 Sep;3(5):403-8. Review. PMID: 18951403.

Berger JT, Gorski M, Cohen T. Advance health planning and treatment preferences among recipients of implantable cardioverter defibrillators: an exploratory study. J Clin Ethics. 2006 Spring;17(1):72-8. PMID: 16689116.

Berger JT. Suffering in advanced dementia: diagnostic and treatment challenges and questions about palliative sedation. J Clin Ethics. 2006 Winter;17(4):364-6. PMID: 17330731.

Berger JT, Gunderson M. Say what you mean and mean what you say: a patient's conflicting preferences for care. Hastings Cent Rep. 2006 Jan-Feb;36(1):14; discussion 14-5. PMID: 16544833.

Berger JT, Brody G, Eisenstein L, Pollack S. Do potential recipients of cardiopulmonary resuscitation want their family members to attend? A survey of public preferences. J Clin Ethics. 2004 Fall;15(3):237-42. PMID: 15630866.

Berger JT, Coulehan J, Belling C. Humor in the physician-patient encounter. Arch Intern Med. 2004 Apr 26;164(8):825-30. PubMed PMID: 15111367.

Berger JT. Ethical challenges of partial do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders: placing DNR orders in the context of a life-threatening conditions care plan. Arch Intern Med. 2003 Oct 27;163(19): 2270-5. PMID: 14581244.

Berger JT, Rosner F, Cassell EJ. Ethics of practicing medical procedures on newly dead and nearly dead patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2002 Oct;17(10):774-8.Review. PMID: 12390553; PMCID: PMC1495118.

Berger JT, Kark P, Rosner F, Packer S, Bennett AJ. Direct-to-consumer drug marketing: public service or disservice? Mt Sinai J Med. 2001 May;68(3):197-202. PMID: 11373692.

Berger JT. Placebo medication use in patient care: a survey of medical interns. West J Med. 1999 Feb;170(2):93-6. PMID: 10063395; PMCID: PMC1305448.

Adelman RD, Berger JT, Macina LO. Critical care for the geriatric patient. Clin Geriatr Med. 1994 Feb;10(1):19-30. Review. PMID: 8168023.

Presentations and Abstracts

Berger JT, Nabati L, Rotella J. Physician Assisted Dying: The AAHPM Ethics Committee Reports on its Work. American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Meeting, March 10, 2016, Chicago, Il.

Ibrahim, M., Habtes, I., Upadhyay, S., Berger, J., Patrick, P., Brand, D., & Spiegler, P. (2014). Intensity of Vasopressor Therapy as a Predictor of In-Hospital Death In Patients With Septic Shock. Chest, 146(4_MeetingAbstracts), 229A-229A.

Berger JT. Ethics of Research with Noncapacitated Subjects. President’s Council Annual Conference. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. October 13, 2012.

Powell T, Berger JT, Swidler R, Lipman H. The Family Health Care Decisions Act. Panel Discussion. Metropolitan New York Ethics Network at the New York Academy of Medicine. NY NY June 20, 2011.

Berger JT. Ethics Harms and Guidelines for CPR. Paper presentation, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Minneapolis, October 15, 2011.

McCauley R, Kelso C, Kreher M, Daly P, Berger JT. Is it Time to Pull the Plug on the Principle of Double Effect? American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. March 4, 2010, Boston, Massachusetts.

Lester PE, Berger JT. Atypical Chest Pain in a Geriatric Patient: Gastric Volvulus. Poster presentation, American Geriatric Society Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., May 12, 2008.

Berger JT, Khalil E, Khan S, Varghese T. The Reporting of Informed Consent and Related Issues in Critical Care Research. Paper presentation, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Denver, CO., October 28, 2006.

Berger JT. Advance Planning and Treatment Preferences Among Recipients of Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators. Paper presentation, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Washington D.C., October 22, 2005.

Berger JT, Majerovitz SD. Considering Family Burden in Surrogate Decisions Making for Research. Poster presentation, Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., November, 19 – 22, 2004.

Berger JT. Patients’ Interests in their Family Members’ Well Being: An Overlooked Fundamental Consideration in Substituted Judgments. Paper presentation, Joint Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and the Canadian Bioethics Society, Montreal, Canada, October 26, 2003.

Berger JT. Integrated Institutional Ethics. Poster Presentation, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Annual Meeting, Philadelphia PA, October 28 - 31, 1999

Media Presentations



Dr. Jeffrey Berger Annals Podcast - 07/01/2018 Issue

Ongoing Research Projects

  • CPR Survival Rates after Cardiac Arrest on Vasopressors
  • Neuropsychological Correlates of Cancer Cachexia
  • Efficacy of Topical Morphine for Painful Pressure Ulcers
  • Impact of Interdisciplinary pre-PEG evaluation on the use of PEGs
  • Ethics of Surrogate Decision Making for Marginally Befriended Patients


NYU Winthrop Hospital’s graduate medical education programs create an atmosphere in which cultural and ethnic differences among patients, staff, and house staff are recognized, respected, understood and embraced. Residents participate in the care of a diverse group of patients and have the opportunity to work with colleagues from varied backgrounds. NYU Winthrop aims to bring the best residents, fellows and faculty from all ethnic, racial and gender groups to learn and care for patients in this diverse environment.

Program Benefits

House Staff Benefits


Housing accommodations, at heavily subsidized rates, are available in apartment buildings and residential homes within close proximity to the NYU Winthrop Hospital campus. If a member of the house staff requests NYU Winthrop housing and it cannot be provided, a live-off allowance may be provided.


Salaries are highly competitive with other academic medical centers in the New York metropolitan region. Tax deferred annuity is available.

2018-2019 Annual Salary
PGY 1 $66,259
PGY 2 $69,123
PGY 3 $72,108
PGY 4 $75,034
PGY 5 $77,958
PGY 6 $80,883
PGY 7 $83,808
PGY 8 $86,745


Residents and fellows are provided with three complimentary meals per day, seven days per week, in NYU Winthrop’s full service cafeteria (up to $4.00 for breakfast, $5.40 for lunch and dinner).

House Staff Lounge

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s new house staff lounge is accessible 24/7. The spacious and comfortable lounge is equipped with computers, wifi, television, foosball table, lockers, lounge chairs, as well as coffee and tea.


NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows receive four weeks of vacation (20 working days) within each contract year.

Conference Time

PGY 1 level residents are eligible to attend one local conference (New York Metropolitan Area), at the discretion of the Program Director.  House staff at the PGY 2 level and above are eligible for one trip, maximum of five consecutive weekdays, to an approved professional conference in the continental United States each year, at the discretion of the Program Director.

Educational Allowance

Reimbursement for allowable educational expenses is available up to a maximum of $75 for PGY 1 residents and $700 for PGY2 and higher residents and subspecialty fellows.

TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program

The TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program is available. This program allows the resident/fellow to deduct pre-tax money to pay for mass transit or commuter parking (up to a predefined maximum).

Additional Benefits Include:

  • Free parking while on duty
  • Prescription medications in the Hospital formulary…free to residents and at cost for eligible dependents
  • Paid sick leave
  • Free laundry service for lab coats and other hospital uniforms
  • Health club membership reimbursement…up to $100 per academic year
  • An “Arts and Humanities” series… complementing your medical education with exposure to music, literature, history and fine arts
  • Graduation dinner gala

Insurance Benefits

Medical and Dental Coverage

NYU Winthrop Hospital is committed to providing residents with a comprehensive benefits program. Benefits include generous medical, pharmaceutical, and dental coverage, as well as flexible spending accounts. Benefits are effective from the first day of residency/fellowship.

Disability Insurance

Residents/fellows are covered by short-term, non-occupational disability insurance (up to six months). To be eligible for disability insurance benefits, one must be on the payroll for a minimum of twenty (20) work days (four consecutive weeks) and unable to work for more than seven (7) calendar days, due an injury or illness that does not arise out of, and in the course of, employment. These benefits, which supplement lost income, are based on salary level and are payable for up to 26 weeks after the employees accrued sick time has been used.

The long term disability benefit begins after six months of short term disability. It pays a monthly benefit for an extended illness or injury. The monthly benefit is offset by benefits from other sources, such as Workers Compensation and Social Security.

Workers Compensation

House staff receive compensation, in accordance with the Workers Compensation Law, for any illness or injury which is job related. Benefits include payment for medical expenses and lost pay.

Family and Medical Leave

In accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, NYU Winthrop Hospital will grant residents/fellows unpaid leave(s) for up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period.  To be eligible, one must have worked 12 months at the Hospital and a minimum of 1250 hours in the twelve-month period prior to the start date of the requested leave.  FMLA leave may be granted for the birth, adoption or acceptance for foster care of a child; for the care of a child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition; or for the employee’s own serious illness.

Residents/fellows may to return to their training program after a leave of absence, without loss of training status, if their leave does not exceed that allowed by the specialty boards.

Professional Liability Insurance

NYU Winthrop’s residents/fellows are provided with professional liability coverage for the duration of their training through the Hospital’s self-insurance program.  Coverage provides legal defense and protection against awards from claims reported or filed after the completion of graduate medical education if the alleged acts are within the scope of the education program.

Life Insurance

Basic Life Insurance is provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow. This benefit equals 1 X the resident/fellow’s annual salary payable to the beneficiary. Residents/fellows may purchase additional voluntary life insurance up to 3X their annual salary (combined basic and voluntary may not exceed $500,000).

Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

Provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow.

Retirement Plan

A Defined Contribution 403(b) Plan is available for voluntary pre-tax/after-tax contribution.

Employee Health Services

NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows are provided with pre-employment physicals, annual health assessments, and Tuberculosis screenings, as well as vaccines and required health surveillance free of charge through the hospital’s Employee Health Service. In addition, if a member of the house staff becomes ill while at work, he or she will be seen at no charge by an Employee Health practitioner, or by the Emergency Room staff if the Employee Health Service practitioner is not available.

Counseling Services

Free assessment, referral and brief psychotherapy services are available on a confidential basis to members of the House Staff and their immediate families.

Employee Assistance Program & Work/Life Assistance Program

This resource is available to residents/fellows and their family members to assist with:

  • Areas of assistance include: psychological, child care, elder care, daily living, legal/financial, and work-related
  • Confidential
  • No Cost
  • 24/7
  • Managing work/life dilemmas at a personal level
  • Overcoming emotional hurdles
  • Getting performance back on track
  • Immediate crisis response capability

Living on Long Island

The longest and largest island in the contiguous United States, Long Island stretches over 100 miles from New York City to Montauk Point. A celebrated summer vacation spot, Long Island offers seasonal beauty, professional sports events, art museums and galleries, and fabulous cuisine. Eastern Long Island has gained fame as for its vineyards, and is home to almost 20 wineries. From NYU Winthrop it is a short trip to Manhattan, where you can enjoy world class dining, museums, and endless cultural opportunities. From scenic Atlantic Ocean beaches to Fire Island, the Hamptons and Montauk Point, Long Island has something for everyone.

Convenient access to NY City is available by Long Island Railroad located directly adjacent to NYU Winthrop Hospital. Residents and fellows take advantage of the opportunity enjoy the myriad of cultural, social, and professional activities in New York City. Additionally, NYU Winthrop's location in central Nassau County allows easy access to spectacular beaches.

The village of Mineola is a wonderful place to live and work. Mineola affords one the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed Long Island lifestyle, while living only 30 minutes away (via LIRR) from the attractions of NYC.

The close vicinity of the hospital, where most of the resident housing is located, is an excellent location for both families and single residents. Aside from a LIRR station leading directly into NYC, the area is surrounded by a quiet residential neighborhood and a large park with sports facilities, open fields, and a local library. The Roosevelt field mall, one of the largest retail centers on Long Island, is located less than a mile away from the hospital along with a large conglomerate of brand name stores and services.

You can also enjoy the wonderful things that Long Island itself has to offer You will find that living in Mineola is a sound choice from the economic perspective. While residents living in large cities incur significant living expenses, Mineola is very affordable.

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How to Apply For Fellowship

Interested candidates may apply through the ERAS Fellowship Applicant Site.

Prerequisite Training:
Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine.

Required documents include:

  • Common Application Form (CAF)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE scores or COMLEX scores (Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS/PE, and Step 3)
  • ECFMG (if applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation

How to Apply for Medical Student and Resident Rotations

Student Rotations

  1. U.S. Medical students
  2. International Medical students
  3. Podiatry Students

Resident and fellow Rotations

Residents and fellows can apply for a rotation with any department by contacting the academic coordinator for that program via email with a copy of your CV and the dates you are requesting for your rotation.

The department will review your CV and let you know if there are any rotation spots available for the time requested. If you are approved for the rotation the Office of Academic Affairs will contact you with the necessary paperwork.