We found 26 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Choice near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Suresh Reddy is a specialist in anesthesiology, hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), and pain medicine. He works in Houston, TX. Dr. Reddy is professionally affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad and Osmania University and performed his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: 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
1515 Holcombe Boulevard; Unit 1414
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Donna Zhukovsky practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) in Houston, TX. Dr. Zhukovsky (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Sign Language. She is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Zhukovsky is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Jewish General Hospital's residency program. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Zhukovsky has received the following distinctions: 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. Ali M Haider, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ali Haider is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He works in Houston, TX. He is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Haider honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and King Edward Medical University. He has received the following distinction: Best Poster Presentation, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners Annual Research Day.

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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; she sees patients in Katy, TX and Houston, TX. Her areas of expertise consist of hospice (end-of-life care) and palliative care. Dr. Contreras is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Contreras honors. She is a graduate of Mayo Medical School.

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, Hospice

Dr. Joud M Hajjar, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Allergy & Immunology
1515 Holocombe Blv; Unit 1414
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Joud Hajjar's medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and adult allergy & immunology. Dr. Hajjar is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Hajjar is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hajjar is a graduate of the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Hajjar's medical residency was performed at American University of Beirut Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University.

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Clinical interests: Allergies

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

Dr. Kevin Madden's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and pediatric critical care. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Madden attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Madden is an in-network provider for 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's medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Blue Choice. He studied medicine at National University of the Littoral School of Medical Sciences and National University of Rosario, Faculty of Medical Sciences. Dr. Bruera has received the following distinctions: Fellow, American Association of Hospice & Palliative Medicine; F.T. McGraw Chair in the Treatment of Cancer, UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; and The Cicely Saunders Annual Lecture, Cicely Saunders International. Dr. Bruera is affiliated with The University of Texas 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 physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), and pain medicine specialist in Houston, TX. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Walker honors. He studied medicine at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. He is professionally 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 works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist in Houston, TX. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He accepts United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dev obtained his medical school training at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Oakwood Hospital & Medical 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). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Dr. De La Cruz has received professional recognition including the following: 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 professionally affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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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 works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist in Houston, TX. She is professionally affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Wong's training includes a residency program at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, Sugar Land. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care) in Houston, TX. Dr. Halphen is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and performed his residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston.

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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 is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Rao is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). After attending Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati for medical school, she completed her residency training at Polyclinic Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Before completing his residency at St. John's Episcopal Hospital, Dr. Tanco attended medical school at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Tanco has received the following distinctions: 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. He is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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

Dr. Michael Fisch works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and medical oncologist. Dr. Fisch honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia, Dr. Fisch attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Honorary fellow, MD Anderson Cancer Medicine Fellowship. He offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Dr. Jeanette G Ferrer, DO
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
6565 Fannin Street; Suite 584
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jeanette Ferrer specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ferrer include pain management. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Ferrer studied medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center for her residency. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ferrer is open to new patients.

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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.
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