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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's specialties are anesthesiology, hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), and pain medicine. He is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reddy takes. Before completing his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Reddy attended medical school at Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad and Osmania University. 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, Pain Medicine
1515 Holcombe Boulevard; Unit 1414
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Donna Zhukovsky's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and pain medicine. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. After attending McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Zhukovsky completed her residency training at Jewish General Hospital. She has received distinctions including 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). Dr. Zhukovsky (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Sign Language. She is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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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. Before completing her residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Contreras attended medical school at Mayo Medical School. Her areas of clinical interest consist of hospice (end-of-life care) and palliative care. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic 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 is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and pediatric critical care specialist in Houston, TX. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Madden accepts. After attending UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, he completed his residency training at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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

Dr. Eduardo Bruera specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), adult oncology, and medical oncology. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bruera graduated from National University of the Littoral School of Medical Sciences and National University of Rosario, Faculty of Medical Sciences. His distinctions include: 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. He is professionally 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's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), and pain medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Walker accepts. Dr. Walker 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 practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) in Houston, TX. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Dev accepts United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care) in Houston, TX. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. De La Cruz is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. She has received distinctions including 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 is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He works in Houston, TX. Dr. Haider takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from King Edward Medical University. He is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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

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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 sees patients in Houston, TX. Her medical specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Rao's education and training includes medical school at Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati and residency at Polyclinic Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. 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 is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Wong graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Wong trained at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, Sugar Land. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wong accepts.

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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's specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Tanco's education and training includes medical school at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and residency at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Tanco 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's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and medical oncology. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Dr. Fisch honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. 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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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
5656 Kelley Street; #1mc15001
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sherry Lemley's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lemley include hospice (end-of-life care) and palliative care. Dr. Lemley is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. She 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 practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Before performing his residency at Lutheran Medical Center, Dr. Azhar attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and King Edward Medical University for medical school. Dr. Azhar honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He has received the following distinctions: 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.