We found 24 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Choice near Houston, TX.

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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 takes. Before performing his residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Madden attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Madden is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Dr. Jill Ann Jarrell, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
6701 Fannin Street; # Ccc1540
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jill Jarrell specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). In her practice, she is particularly interested in palliative care and academic medicine. Dr. Jarrell honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After attending Emory University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Jarrell's professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Clinical interests: Academic Medicine, Palliative Care, Medical Education

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

Dr. Ali Haider's specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and King Edward Medical University. Dr. Haider has received the distinction of 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. Donna Saltzburg Zhukovsky, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pain Medicine
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Donna Zhukovsky is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and pain medicine. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine, she performed her residency at Jewish General Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Zhukovsky 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). She is 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, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Wong takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 professionally affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Dr. Stacey L Berg, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
1102 Bates; Suite 1550.06
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stacey Berg is a specialist in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine, pediatric hematology, and pediatric oncology. She works in Houston, TX. She has a special interest in cancer. Dr. Berg's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC). Before completing her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Berg attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Cancer

Dr. Linh My Thi Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
6400 Fannin Street; #2900
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Linh Nguyen is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She works in Houston, TX. Dr. Nguyen's areas of clinical interest consist of hospice (end-of-life care) and palliative care. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC) and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, Hospice

Dr. Donald H Mahoney Jr., MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Donald Mahoney sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), pediatric hematology, and pediatric oncology. His areas of expertise include platelet disorders, leukemia, and sickle cell disease. Dr. Mahoney accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Mahoney attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Clinical interests: Platelet Disorders, Sickle Cell Disease, Bone Problems, Blood Disorders, Leukemia, Lymphoma

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). 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. Dr. Tanco is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. 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. Dr. Tanco is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Dr. Joud M Hajjar, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Allergy & Immunology
6701 Fannin Street; 9th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Joud Hajjar is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and adult allergy & immunology specialist. Dr. Hajjar takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hajjar obtained Dr. Hajjar's medical school training at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and performed Dr. Hajjar's residency at American University of Beirut Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Hajjar's professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Clinical interests: Allergies

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

Dr. Ahsan Azhar's specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and King Edward Medical University for medical school, Dr. Azhar completed his residency training at Lutheran Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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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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 physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). She is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. De La Cruz studied medicine at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. She 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.

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

Dr. Shalini Dalal is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) specialist. Dr. Dalal is professionally 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. Dalal honors. She graduated from Armed Forces Medical College and then she performed her residency at Prince George's Hospital Center. She has received the distinction of Apple Award, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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

Dr. Michael Fisch's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), pain medicine, and medical oncology. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Fisch completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of 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
6411 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ana Leech is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and family practitioner in Houston, TX. Dr. Leech is especially interested in hospice (end-of-life care) and palliative care. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Leech honors. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and a graduate of Memorial Hermann's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Leech speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, Hospice

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

Dr. Jeanette Ferrer is a physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. Dr. Ferrer's areas of expertise consist of hospice (end-of-life care) and pain management. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management, Hospice

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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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