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. Dr. Reddy is a graduate of Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad and Osmania University and a graduate of NYU Langone Medical Center's residency program. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Reddy 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. He is affiliated with The University of Texas MD 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 physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and pain medicine. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Jewish General Hospital, Dr. Zhukovsky attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Zhukovsky has received professional recognition including the following: 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 foreign languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Sign Language. She is professionally 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 Houston, TX physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and King Edward Medical University. Dr. Haider honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He has received professional recognition including the following: Best Poster Presentation, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners Annual Research Day. He is professionally 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' specialties 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Contreras include hospice (end-of-life care) and palliative care. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Contreras accepts. Dr. Contreras's 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's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and pediatric critical care. He practices in Houston, TX. Before completing his residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Madden attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Madden is professionally 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 practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Bruera is professionally affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He studied medicine at National University of the Littoral School of Medical Sciences and National University of Rosario, Faculty of Medical Sciences. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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.

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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 specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), and pain medicine and practices in Houston, TX. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Walker 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 is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist in Houston, TX. After attending Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Dev completed his residency training at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center. He accepts United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care) specialist in Houston, TX. She graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Dr. De La Cruz is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her distinctions 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. Dr. De La Cruz 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 sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). His 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. Dr. Halphen is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is 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 works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist, family medicine physician, and geriatrician in Houston, TX. Dr. Rao is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati. Her medical residency was performed at Polyclinic Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is 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 works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist. Dr. Wong honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed 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 Houston, TX physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Tanco graduated from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and then he performed his 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Tanco 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. He is professionally 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 is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and medical oncology specialist. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Dr. Fisch has received professional recognition including the following: Honorary fellow, MD Anderson Cancer Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Fisch 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. Her areas of clinical interest consist of hospice (end-of-life care) and palliative care. Dr. Lemley is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann. She is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Lemley is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Azhar is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and King Edward Medical University, he performed his residency at Lutheran Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Azhar include: Fellow, American College of Physicians; Chief Medical Resident, Lutheran Medical Center, New York; and Intern of the Year, Lutheran Medical Center, New York. He is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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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.