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We found 11 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Medicaid near Fairfax, VA.

Dr. Loren L Friedman, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
8503 Arlington Boulevard; Suite 400
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Loren Friedman's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine; he sees patients in Arlington, VA and Fairfax, VA. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Dr. Friedman performed his residency at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford. He has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Friedman include: End of Life Care Physician Support Grant, Prince Charitable Trusts; Roxane Scholars Cleveland Clinic Palliative Care Program, Roxane Pharmaceuticals; and Haynes Rice Community Service Award, District of Columbia Hospital Association. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Friedman's professional affiliations include Virginia Hospital Center and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Oncology
2900 Telestar Court
Falls Church, VA
 

Dr. James Muir practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and adult oncology. Before completing his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dr. Muir attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He is affiliated with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospital, and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Dr. Jessica Sutherland Heintz, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
3300 Gallows Road; Department of Medicine
Falls Church, VA
 

Dr. Jessica Heintz's specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Before performing her residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Heintz attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. She honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Heintz's distinctions include: Top Doctor, Northern Virginia Magazine and Top Doctor, Northern Virginia magazine. Dr. Heintz offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Dr. James Hunter Groninger, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
2900 Telestar Court
Falls Church, VA
 

Dr. James Groninger is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Groninger is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Dr. Groninger has received the following distinction: Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Virginia. He is professionally affiliated with Washington Hospital Center and Inova Fairfax Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
2900 Telestar Court
Falls Church, VA
 

Dr. Natalie Kontakos' areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. Her professional affiliations include Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Fairfax Hospital, and Inova Alexandria Hospital. Dr. Kontakos accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Queen's University, Ontario, Dr. Kontakos attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine for medical school. She offers interpreting services for her patients.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Other, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
9901 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Cecilia Chukwu is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and geriatrician. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Civista Medical Center and Inova Fairfax Hospital. Dr. Chukwu's education and training includes medical school at the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences and residency at Howard University Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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Dr. Jacklyn Akua Nkrumah, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
3300 Gallows Road; Department of Medicine
Falls Church, VA
 

Dr. Jacklyn Nkrumah is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), hospital medicine (hospitalist), and geriatrics (elderly care). She is affiliated with Inova Fairfax Hospital. She is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Nkrumah is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a graduate of Washington Hospital Center's residency program. Dr. Nkrumah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telephone Interpretation, Spanish, and Akan.

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Dr. Winnie E Suen, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
10530 Rosehaven Street; 100
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Winnie Suen's medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Suen attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. Her professional affiliations include Banner Health and Inova. She is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Emergency Medicine
9725 Burke View Court
Burke, VA
 

Dr. Corrine Lahti is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and emergency medicine specialist in Alexandria, VA, Burke, VA, and Falls Church, VA. She is affiliated with Civista Medical Center. She is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Lahti attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
2900 Telestar Court
Falls Church, VA
 

Dr. Matthew Kestenbaum is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospital, Landsdowne Campus, and Inova Fairfax Hospital. Dr. Kestenbaum's education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry
2900 Telestar Court
Falls Church, VA
 

Dr. Mary O'Rourke's medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and psychiatry. Dr. O'Rourke is an in-network provider for Medicaid insurance. She attended Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Washington Hospital 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.