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Erin M. Denney-Koelsch, M.D.

Medicine, Palliative Care, Pediatrics

Clinical Interests

Palliative Care

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 273-1154

Fax: (585) 275-7403

Office: (585) 273-1154

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

Biography

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

Professional Background

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.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Specialties

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

Education

1999
BA | Swarthmore College
Biology

2004
MD | University of Rochester School of Medicine
Medicine

2008
Resident | University of Rochester Medical Center
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Residency

2010
Fellow | University of Rochester Medical Center
Palliative Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

06/15/2004 - 06/14/2005
Internship in at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/15/2005 - 06/23/2008
Residency in at University of Rochester Medical Center

7/1/2008 - 7/1/2010
Fellowship in Palliative Care at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Awards

2013
Patient- and Family-Centered Care Award

2012
Lawrence H. Kohn Senior Teaching Fellowship Award

2012
Patient- and Family-Centered Care Award.

2004
Pathway in Medical Ethics & Humanities

2004
Certificate of Commendation, Leah J. Dickstein Award
Sponsor: Assoc. of Women Psychiatrists for Essay on Mozart & Mental Illne

2004
Rochester Academy of Medicine Library Award
Sponsor: For Essay on Mozart and Mental Illness

2004
Guest Speaker, Corner Society for Medical History
Sponsor: For research on Mozart and Mental Illness

1998 - 1999
Signa Xi Scientific Honor Society

1996 - 1999
Guerrigues Scholarship
Sponsor: Awarded to top 15 Swarthmore Musicians

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Publications

Journal Articles

12/2011
Côté-Arsenault D, Denney-Koelsch E. ""My baby is a person": parents' experiences with life-threatening fetal diagnosis." Journal of palliative medicine.. 2011 Dec 0; 14(12):1302-8. Epub 2011 Nov 11.

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