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Maureen McRae, M.D.

Maureen McRae, M.D.

Residency
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center Family Medicine Residency Program

Medical School
SUNY Upstate Medical School

Home Town
Syracuse, NY

Why Hospice & Palliative Medicine?
Throughout my 20-year career in medicine I have interacted with many different physicians and more patients. Hospice & Palliative Medicine seems to offer the MOST to patients and families. When first starting medicine, I thought “fixing things” was the “right way” to do medicine. I have come to realize; some things cannot be fixed but what we can offer to patients and families who find themselves at difficult medical cross roads can be very impactful and forever change them.

Why Rochester?
I lived here already, so I was biased!

Professional Interests?
Suboxone for pain control. The affect a loved-one’s dying process has upon the mental health of the family.

Where do you see yourself practicing?
Hmmm….I wish I knew the answer to this question!

What do you hope to learn or accomplish during fellowship?
I hope to learn even a fraction of what the excellent physicians in the Hospice & Palliative Medicine group here know. Their kindness, empathy and knowledge are truly remarkable!

Shalom Schlagman, M.D.

Shalom Schlagman, M.D.

Residency
University of Rochester Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program

Medical School
University of Rochester Medical School

Home Town
Rochester, NY

Why Hospice & Palliative Medicine?
I have always been drawn to delving deeply with patients about their suffering, both physical and existential. This fellowship has already helped me further develop my skills in conversing with patients on these topics, and in supporting family and provider care givers in addressing all forms of suffering.

Why Rochester?
I am a native Rochesterian who left for college and pre-medical training life, spending about a decade in NYC, but returned to Rochester for medical school and have stayed since because it is such a vibrant but easy-going place to live. There is a mix of light urban life and nearby, vast expanses of awe-inspiring parks and wild-life.

Professional interests?
I hope to have a mixed career working as in general IM as a hospitalist, as a palliative care consultant and doing both research and clinical work in bioethics and medical humanities.

Where do you see yourself practicing?
I look forward to continuing in a large academic medical center where I have the opportunity to teach, research and care for patients.

What do you hope to learn or accomplish during fellowship?
I am looking forward to enhancing my ability to prognosticate and engage discussions of prognosis, and to guide families through care of their loved ones near the end of life.

John Seymour, M.D.

John Seymour, M.D.

Fellowship
University of Rochester Geriatric Fellowship Program

Residency
Brooklyn Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program

Medical School
St. George's University School of Medicine

Home Town
St. Andrew, Jamaica and Boynton Beach, FL

Why Hospice & Palliative Medicine?
I have had great experiences working in both the Hospice and Palliative Care services throughout my medical career from a medical student to a Fellow. Hospice and Palliative provides patients with better quality of life by addressing symptomatic management and end of life goals. I truly enjoy being a part of this journey with my patients.

Why Rochester?
I recently Completed my Geriatric Fellowship at URMC and love my experiences from the patients, Attendings, APPs and staff. Great Town to live in!

Professional interests?
I am interested int the combination of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine.

Where do you see yourself practicing?
Practicing in a mixture of both Inpatient and Outpatient Practices, Hospice Home, and Nursing Home.

What do you hope to learn or accomplish during fellowship?
The integration of Palliative Medicine in Geriatrics and the Primary Care setting in order to provide my patient high quality care and improve their quality of life.