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We found 7 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Cigna Gold EPO near Dallas, TX.

Dr. Carolyn Michelle Matthews, MD
Specializes in Acupuncture, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology
3410 Worth Street; Department of Gynecologic Oncology
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Carolyn Matthews is a physician who specializes in acupuncture, hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), and gynecologic oncology. In addition to English, Dr. Matthews speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Matthews include ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, and robotic surgery. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Oncology. She attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Matthews trained at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Matthews accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Texas Super Doctors; Excellence in Teaching Award, Baylor University Medical Center; and Excellence in Teaching Award, U.T. Southwestern Medical School.

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Clinical interests: Cervical Cancer, Uterine Cancer, Nutrition Issues, Ovarian Cancer, Palliative Care, Hospice, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Lee Fine, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
3434 Swiss Avenue; Suite 205
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Robert Fine's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in Dallas, TX. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fine include hospice (end-of-life care). Dr. Fine is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Fine has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Clinical interests: Hospice

Dr. Mark Andrew Casanova, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
3434 Swiss Avenue; Suite 205
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Mark Casanova's area of specialization is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Casanova studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Jeffrey Michael Kopita, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
3600 Gaston Avenue; Suite 960
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Kopita's medical specialty is adult critical care, hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), and adult pulmonology. Dr. Kopita studied medicine at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kopita include administrative medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Clinical interests: Administrative Medicine

Dr. Jennifer Delia Heffernan, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Jennifer Heffernan specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Summa Akron City Hospital, Dr. Heffernan attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Dr. Shawnta Renee Pittman-Hobbs, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Shawnta Pittman-Hobbs is a physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and adult rheumatology. Dr. Pittman-Hobbs accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
3600 Gaston Avenue; Suite 605, Barnett Tower
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Ann Nguyen works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and family medicine physician in Dallas, TX. Dr. Nguyen takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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What is Hospice and Palliative Medicine?

Palliative care refers to any medical care that focuses on treating a patient’s symptoms, such as pain, rather than directly addressing the underlying disease. Hospice care is a specific kind of palliative care that aims to make patients more comfortable at the end of their lives. Although hospice care and palliative care are two distinct medical specialties with their own definitions, they are very closely related to each other. Palliative care can technically be used at any stage of life; however when most people use the term palliative care, they are referring to hospice care -- making a terminally ill patient more comfortable when there is nothing more that medicine can do to treat their illness.

Hospice medicine is professional medical care for patients in the last 6 months or less of their lives. The aim of hospice is to provide quality of life rather than quantity and to make the patient and family as comfortable and supported as possible as they prepare for the natural process of death.

Hospice care is provided wherever the patient lives, whether that is at the patient’s home, in a nursing home, in a hospital, or in some cases a center run by the hospice. Care is provided by a team of professionals, which usually includes:
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Therapists or counselors
  • Chaplains, pastors, priests, imams, or other clergy
  • Volunteers, who help with day-to-day tasks

Hospice care provides medical care, treatments and medications, services such as physical therapy, equipment such as wheelchairs, community and religious connections, and emotional support.

Death can be a difficult event, and hospice aims to help tend to the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients at this time. After death, hospice often continues to support the family through the logistics of the funeral and any religious services as well as their grief process.