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We found 25 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Choice near Houston, TX.

Dr. Suresh Kandakatlaraj Reddy, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pain Medicine
1515 Holcombe Boulevard; Unit 008
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Suresh Reddy specializes in anesthesiology, hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), and pain medicine and practices in Houston, TX. He is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Reddy honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. After completing medical school at Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad and Osmania University, he performed his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Reddy's distinctions include: Graduate, Faculty Leadership Academy, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; Academic Programs Educatior of the Month, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; and Award for Excellence in Education, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

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Dr. Donna Saltzburg Zhukovsky, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pain Medicine
1515 Holcombe Boulevard; Unit 1414
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Donna Zhukovsky is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and pain medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Zhukovsky (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Sign Language. She is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Zhukovsky obtained her medical school training at McGill University Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at Jewish General Hospital. Dr. Zhukovsky is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Her distinctions include: Nominated, Texas Business Women Award; Fellow, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine; and (The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Institutional Awards Committee).

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Dr. Gail Evon Contreras, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, General Internal Medicine
2727 W Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gail Contreras' areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and general internal medicine. Dr. Contreras graduated from Mayo Medical School and then she performed her residency at Mayo Clinic. Her clinical interests include hospice (end-of-life care) and palliative care. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, Hospice

Dr. Kevin Madden, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kevin Madden specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and pediatric critical care. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Madden is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then he performed his residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Eduardo Bruera is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bruera attended medical school at National University of the Littoral School of Medical Sciences and National University of Rosario, Faculty of Medical Sciences. Dr. Bruera has received distinctions including The Cicely Saunders Annual Lecture, Cicely Saunders International; Lifetime Honary Member of the Spanish Society of Palliative Care, Spanish Society of Palliative Care; and President's Recognition for Faculty Excellence, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Dr. Paul William Walker, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pain Medicine
1515 Holcombe Boulevard; Box 8
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Paul Walker is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), and pain medicine. He attended medical school at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Walker is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1515 Holcombe Boulevard; Unit 1414
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rony Dev is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dev attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center for residency. He is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Dr. Maxine Grace Jaucian De La Cruz, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Maxine De La Cruz specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Houston, TX. She attended medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. De La Cruz takes. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. De La Cruz has received include Scholarship Pen Award, University of the Philippines MSPS; Young Investigator Award, Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer; and Outstanding Intern in Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology, Phillippine General Hospital. She is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Dr. Ali M Haider, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ali Haider practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He is professionally affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Haider graduated from King Edward Medical University.

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Dr. John Michael Halphen Sr., MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
5656 Kelley Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Halphen is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist, family practitioner, and geriatrician in Houston, TX. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Halphen honors. Dr. Halphen's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann.

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Dr. Shobha Srikant Rao, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
6431 Fannin Street; Msb 5.120
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Shobha Rao's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Rao obtained her medical school training at Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati and performed her residency at Polyclinic Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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Dr. Angelique N Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Angelique Wong is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She works in Houston, TX. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wong accepts. She obtained her medical school training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and performed her residency at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, Sugar Land. She is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Dr. Kimberson C Tanco, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kimberson Tanco is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He works in Houston, TX. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and a graduate of St. John's Episcopal Hospital's residency program. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tanco accepts. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Magna Cum Laude - Doctor of Medicine, University of Santo Tomas; the University of Santo Tomas Scholar, University of Santo Tomas; and Magna Cum Laude - BS Biology Accelerated, University of Santo Tomas.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Medical Oncology
1515 Holcombe Boulevard; Unit 462
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Fisch practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and medical oncology in Houston, TX. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Fisch's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fisch accepts. He has received the distinction of Honorary fellow, MD Anderson Cancer Medicine Fellowship. He offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
5656 Kelley Street; #1mc15001
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sherry Lemley's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. She studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Lemley's clinical interests include hospice (end-of-life care) and palliative care. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lemley is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann.

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, Hospice

Dr. Ahsan Azhar, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ahsan Azhar is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist. Dr. Azhar is professionally affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and King Edward Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Lutheran Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Azhar include: Chief Medical Resident, Lutheran Medical Center, New York and Intern of the Year, Lutheran Medical Center, New York.

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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.