Erin M. Denney-Koelsch, M.D.

Erin M. Denney-Koelsch, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Avenue
Box 687
Rochester, NY 14623

Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Ave.
Rochester, NY 14642

Appointment: (585) 273-1154

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Professional Bio

Dr. Denney-Koelsch received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where she also completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

She then completely the fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She currently works as a palliative care consultant in the Prenatal, Pediatric and Adult Palliative Care Programs. She is the Director of the Perinatal Supportive Care Program and the Program Director of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship.

When not seeing patients, she enjoys playing piano and oboe, organic gardening, raising chickens, and spending time outdoors with her family.

Patient Care Bio

I chose this field because I learned that I was most able to help people when I had time to sit down with them, explore their hopes and fears, and walk them through one of the most difficult times in their lives. By taking the whole person, as well as their family members, into consideration, I tailor my approach to care to meet their wishes and needs.

My areas of expertise include palliative care, pain and symptom management, helping patients with complex decisions and, if needed, end-of-life and hospice care. I feel privileged to get to know each of my patients – and to help keep them informed and comfortable through a difficult journey.

As the Director of the Palliative Medicine Fellowship, I help train new palliative care physicians. I also enjoy teaching medical students, residents and fully trained doctors about palliative care. I am the mother of two.

Conditions I Treat

- Palliative care for all cancers
- End-of-life and hospice care for all cancers

Awards & Honors (Local)

Patient- and Family-Centered Care Award 2013
Lawrence H. Kohn Senior Teaching Fellowship Award 2012
Patient- and Family-Centered Care Award. 2012
Pathway in Medical Ethics & Humanities 2004
Certificate of Commendation, Leah J. Dickstein Award | Assoc. of Women Psychiatrists for Essay on Mozart & Mental Illne 2004
Rochester Academy of Medicine Library Award | For Essay on Mozart and Mental Illness 2004
Guest Speaker, Corner Society for Medical History | For research on Mozart and Mental Illness 2004
Signa Xi Scientific Honor Society 1998 - 1999
Guerrigues Scholarship | Awarded to top 15 Swarthmore Musicians 1996 - 1999

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Medicine, Palliative Care (SMD) - Primary
Assistant Professor - Department of Pediatrics (SMD)


Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics
Hospice and Palliative Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine


Fellow | Palliative Medicine | University of Rochester Medical Center2010
Resident | Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Residency | University of Rochester Medical Center2008
MD | Medicine | University of Rochester School of Medicine2004
BA | Biology | Swarthmore College1999

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Palliative Care at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/2008 - 7/1/2010
Residency in Internal Medicine / Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center06/15/2005 - 06/23/2008
Internship in Internal Medicine / Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center06/15/2004 - 06/14/2005