Hospice and Palliative Care

Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary service for patients with advanced incurable illnesses, and their families, dedicated to relief of suffering and improvement of quality of life using a comprehensive approach. As the disease advances and it is evident that the patient is unlikely to survive, comfort measures become a priority. The goal of Palliative Care is to prevent and relieve suffering and to support the best possible quality of life for patients and their families, regardless of the stage of the disease or the need for other therapies. Palliative Care expands the traditional disease-model of medical treatments to include the goals of enhancing quality of life for patients and addressing the spiritual and social needs of patients and their families.

Within the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Lincoln is among the top providers of Palliative Care Services. Lincoln Medical Center takes care of over 120,000 emergency visits, 500,000 ambulatory care visits, and 18,000 inpatient discharges annually. Our Consultation Palliative Care service has been active since 2005 and has grown to provide services to more than 1,200 inpatients each year. Our fellowship training program offers a wealth of clinical experience in the inpatient, ambulatory care, long term care, pediatrics and hospice settings.

Our Team:


Natasha Suleman, MD

Chief of Palliative Care Service

Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship


Melissa Headley, MD

Associate Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship


Simona Dlabal, NP

Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner                                                                                  


Sasha-Gaye Sharrier, RN

Palliative Care Nurse


Ileana Dejesus, PCA

Patient Care Associate               


Giulia Herman, LMSW

Palliative Care Social Worker       


Father Bartholomew Amobi, M.Dv, BCC

Director of Pastoral Care Services

Palliative Care Chaplain


Ana Pena

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program Coordinator