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Comprehensive geriatric and palliative care
We’re dedicated to providing compassionate and high-quality clinical care, conducting cutting-edge research and preparing tomorrow’s geriatricians to lead, educate and innovate.

About

Over the past several decades, the need for accessible, effective palliative and geriatric care has climbed as advances in medicine allow for more Americans to live longer with more complex health conditions. Northwell’s Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine is dedicated to meeting this need through exceptional clinical care, research and education. We provide compassionate care to patients and loved ones who are suffering with pain and other symptoms or struggling with care coordination and other challenges associated with management of chronic and serious illnesses.

Humanism, mindfulness and reflection are priorities in our practice of patient- and family-centered care. To accomplish this and provide that care seamlessly, interdisciplinary teams (including physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, pharmacists, chaplains and volunteers) are carefully coordinated across a wide range of settings, including ambulatory office, hospital, skilled nursing facilities, home and others.

For those with serious or life-threatening illnesses, we focus on prevention and treatment of pain and other symptoms. Expert geriatricians work to promote longevity, minimize illness, reduce costly and preventable hospitalizations and readmissions, and coordinate care of complex patients.

Honors and awards

  • Joint Commission Certification in Advanced Palliative Care: LIJ Medical Center
  • Joint Commission Certification in Advanced Palliative Care: North Shore University Hospital
  • Joint Commission Certification in Advanced Palliative Care: Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Joint Commission Certification in Advanced Palliative Care: Syosset Hospital
  • Joint Commission Certification in Advanced Palliative Care: Huntington Hospital
  • Joint Commission Certification in Advanced Palliative Care: Peconic Bay Medical Center
  • Full accreditation by the Joint Commission: Orzac Center for Rehabilitation
  • Five-Star Quality Rating by US Department of Health & Human Services CMS: Orzac Center for Rehabilitation
  • Full Accreditation by the Joint Commission: Stern Family Rehabilitation Center
  • Five-Star Quality Rating by US Department of Health & Human Services CMS: Stern Family Rehabilitation Center
  • Palliative Care Leadership Center designation by the Center for the Advancement of Palliative Care
  • The 2016 Northwell President’s Award for Innovation for MindFULL C.A.R.E., a new model of geriatric-specific patient care

Leadership

Maria Torroella Carney, MD

Chief of Division - Geriatric and Palliative Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Chief of Division - Geriatric and Palliative Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Internal Medicine, Hospice / Palliative Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

Tara Liberman, DO

Associate Chief - Geriatric and Palliative Care Med,

Specialties: Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Hospice / Palliative Medicine
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