Our warm and caring staff is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, which includes: board certified hospice physicians, nurses, licensed counselors and therapists, social workers, chaplains and dieticians that are all specially trained in hospice care.

We place special emphasis on cultural sensitivity and the requirements of our diverse community.

Our staff is available to your loved ones day and night. Rest assured they will be in good hands.

Hospice and Palliative Biographies 

Alan R. Roth, D.O., FAAFP, FAAHPM

Title: Chairman Family Medicine and Ambulatory Care; Director, Palliative Care Fellowship Program; Chief, Division of Palliative Care Medicine
Specialty: Family Medicine & Palliative Care

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Professor, Department of Family Medicine, New York Institute of Technology, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
2015 Fellow American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (FAAHPM)
2011-2021 American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians Certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
2008 -2018 Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (ABFM)
2006-2014 Diplomat American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (ABHPM)
1996 Fellow American Academy of Family Practice

Medical school: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
People who suffer from life-limiting illness often don’t receive the care they deserve or the information they need to make informed decisions about their care. It is an honor and privilege to be able to care for people at the most challenging part of their life and do what I can to ensure they have the best quality of life possible.

Gina M. Basello, D.O.

Title: Vice Chair, Department of Family Medicine; Director, Family Medicine Residency Program; Associate Director, Hospice& Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Specialty: Family Medicine and Palliative Medicine

Affiliations and (or) Certifications:
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, New York Institute of Technology, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
2008 -2018 Certificate of Added Qualification, Hospice and Palliative Medicine (ABFM)
2009 – 2019 Diplomat, American Board of Family Medicine

Medical school: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Every person deserves the right to choose how they live including at the end of their life. With a focus on compassionate relationships and patient - centered care, I am committed to helping patients and their loved ones achieve quality and meaning and avoid unnecessary suffering while also teaching other physicians how to provide this level of care. It is a privilege and an honor to be present with and advocate for patients and families during their most vulnerable time.

Angelo Canedo, PhD

Title: Network Vice President

Specialty: Hospital and Nursing Home Administrator/ Licensed Psychologist

Affiliations and (or) Certifications: Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives

Graduate School: Temple University-Ph.D

I have spent most of my career servicing people as they age from a Behavioral Health, Physical Rehabilitation and Long Term Care perspective. Those interests have naturally led me to include and address end of life issues. Managing Hospice and Palliative programs is an extension of my interests in the care of the Aging or those facing end of life for other traumatic reasons.

Sally Mathew-Geevarughese, D.O.

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Dr. Mathew-Geevarughese is a full time hospice and palliative care attending at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. She is a graduate of the NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her family medicine residency training at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY. She went on to complete a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine Program. She is board certified in Family Medicine/ OMT as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She supervises fellows, residents and medical students and enjoys teaching how to deliver quality, compassionate care to people of all ages and walks in life.

Elizabeth Figuracion, D.O.

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Dr. Elizabeth Figuracion is an attending physician in Hospice and Palliative Care at Jamaica Hospital. She is board certified in Family Medicine. She earned her medical degree from New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Figuracion has completed her residency in Family Medicine as well as her Hospice and Palliative Care fellowship at Jamaica Hospital. As she calls Queens New York her home, she finds passion in helping vulnerable populations, especially through difficult times..

Oscar Corzo, M.D.

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Dr. Corzo completed his medical education at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn. His residency was in Family Medicine at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he also went on to complete his Fellowship in Palliative Care. A long-time adopted New Yorker, he is happy to continue to be part of the Jamaica Hospital family as Faculty Attending in Palliative Care. During his time serving the Queens community, he has found it personally rewarding to deliver compassionate care and guidance to under served populations with chronic and terminal illness.

Dr. Corzo's interests also include community medicine, which led him to hold an his additional position as Medical Advisor for Jamaica Hospital's Care Management programs. These programs provide enhanced outpatient resources to patients in need in order to improve the management of their chronic conditions and protect them from further worsening that may require hospital admission.

Janis Sharkey

Title: Clinical Manager

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Laura Forte, LCSW-R

Title: Social Worker

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Laura  is a medical social worker with nearly 20 years’ experience working with patients and families at end-of-life. Thinking that it would be the most difficult of all, and that anything else she encountered in her career would seem easy by comparison, Ms. Forte selected an internship in hospice during graduate school, and found it so meaningful, rewarding, and needed that she decided to remain in the field afterward. Ms. Forte has provided hospice social work services through Hospice of New York and Calvary Hospice at Home, as well as Palliative Care through Metropolitan Jewish Health System. Although she has occasionally worked in other areas of health care, most recently providing psychotherapy to adults age 60 and over through a partnership with Riverdale Mental Health Association and Riverdale Senior Services, Ms. Forte finds herself most fulfilled helping patients and families navigate the challenges of coping with end-of-life issues.