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Our Palliative Care Team

Dr. Jeffrey BergerJeffrey T. Berger, M.D., Program Director, is Chief of the Division of Palliative Medicine and Director of Clinical Ethics at Winthrop-University Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Dr. Berger is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Berger has over 20 years experience in medical practice with more than 15 years experience providing clinical bioethics case consultation. He established Winthrop’s Palliative Care clinical program in 2007. In addition to practicing clinical medicine, Dr. Berger has focused his academic career in the domain of medicine and bioethics. He has served on numerous state and national committees including the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the American College of Physicians, and the New York State Palliative Care Education and Training Council.


Dr. Pavel GroysmanPavel Groysman, D.O., Physician Faculty Member, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Board Eligible in Palliative Medicine, having completed a prestigious fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Dr. Groysman received his medical degree with honors from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010. His Internal Medicine residency and Geriatrics fellowship training took place at Winthrop-University Hospital. Dr. Groysman’s particular expertise is in treating patients with cancer related conditions.


Priya PintoPriya Pinto, MD, Physician Faculty Member, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Pinto completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital, and went on to complete fellowships in Geriatrics and in Palliative Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. For the last 5 years she has served as an Assistant Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Consulting Physician at Montefiore Medical Center and Fellowship Program Director in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Pinto has a special interest in teaching and education in Palliative Care.


Latifat AdeyemiLatifat Adeyemi, MS, ANP-BC is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, who completed subspecialty training in Palliative Care and received a Master’s Degree from New York University. She also earned a B.A. in Speech Language Pathology from The State University of New York at Buffalo and a B.S. from The College of New Rochelle. Mrs. Adeyemi joined the Palliative Care team summer of 2014, after working more than 7 years as an Oncology/Hematology Registered Nurse at New York Langone Medical Center.


Kathleen DiGangi CondonKathleen DiGangi Condon, ANP-BC is a Board Certified Adult  Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Palliative Medicine. Kate earned her B.S. and M.S from Columbia University’s School of Nursing. She also holds a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and an M.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Kate joined Winthrop in May of 2013 from Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, where she served as a nurse practitioner on the Palliative care service. She also established an inpatient Palliative care consult service at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. Prior to that Kate practiced as a registered nurse on the comprehensive transplant unit at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Kate is an Instructor in Medicine at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, where she teaches bioethics to first and second year medical students. She has lectured at Columbia University’s School of Nursing on pain, Palliative care, and ethics.


Maria Christine SantosMaria Christine Santos, MS, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, CCRN-CSC is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. Christine earned a B.S and M.S. in Nursing, with a subspecialty in Palliative Care, from New York University’s College of Nursing.

Christine joined the Palliative Care team in 2015, after working over 7 years as a Critical Care Registered Nurse at New York Langone Medical Center. Christine also serves as an adjunct clinical faculty member at New York University’s College of Nursing, where she teaches undergraduate students during their clinical rotations.


Jessica T. WeinbergerJessica T. Weinberger MS, FNP, ACHPN is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and has been Board Certified as an Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner since 2003, the first year the certification was given. Jessica has a Master's in Science of Nursing from Pace University's Leinhard Graduate School of Nursing, and completed a BS Ed in Rehabilitation Services from The University of Connecticut. Jessica worked in the fields of pediatrics, adults, and geriatrics until finding her passion of Palliative Care.

She joined Winthrop-University Hospital's Palliative Care Program in 2011, after working for 15 years as a hospice and palliative care nurse and nurse practitioner in Nashville Tennessee. Since arriving at Winthrop, Jessica has been a preceptor for Master's level palliative nurse practitioner students from New York University. In addition, Jessica participates on the Pain Management Committee at Winthrop.


Dana RibeiroDana Ribeiro Miller M.Div., LMSW, ACHP- SW is licensed as a Master of Social Work, She holds a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work, where she was a recipient of the Dr. Maurice V. Russell Fellowship for Medical Social Work, a Masters in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and a B.S. from Rutgers University. She completed her subspecialty Palliative Care training via the Post Graduate Fellowship in Palliative Care at the Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel Division of Palliative Medicine.  Dana has worked in a variety of social work settings including medical intensive care units, mental health counseling, and caregiver support groups.


Maria Hamerman, RN, CHPNMaria Hamerman, RN, CHPN has 14 years of inpatient and outpatient experience in oncology nursing and in hospice care. She is a certified Hospice and Palliative care Registered Nurse and has worked with Calvary Hospice and Hospital and Hospice Care Network, where she was repeatedly cited for her clinical excellence.  Most recently, Maria has worked as an oncology nurse administering chemotherapy, biological agents, and blood products.