Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. We are excited to bring unique learning experience to the Eastern End of Long Island. This Fellowship is based at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, a community hospital situated in beautiful Southampton, NY. This program offers educational opportunities at various facilities, including our flagship hospital, Stony Brook University Hospital that will enhance the fellows overall training experience. We are an AOA accredited Fellowship currently pursuing ACGME accreditation.

Our goal is to mentor physicians to become clinical experts in hospice and palliative medicine and develop the skills necessary to become effective and caring palliative care providers. The experiences are broad-based and designed to instill our fellows with clinical and leadership skills that they can use in their careers to provide optimal hospice and palliative care in their communities. Our overall educational goals are:

1. To train physicians to provide high quality, evidence-based palliative, hospice and end-of-life care across a variety of settings
2. To teach fellows to provide medical leadership while functioning as a collaborative interdisciplinary team member
3. To promote the highest standards of professionalism.
4. To teach fellows to critically appraise literature and perform other scholarly activities (including research and quality improvement) in order to expand knowledge related to hospice and palliative medicine
5. To train fellows to be effective educators of other professionals and to the community regarding the field of hospice and palliative medicine
6. To help fellows learn to be patient advocates at local, state and national levels

I hope you find the information provided on this web site helpful as you explore the tremendous opportunities afforded by this fellowship.

- Lara Siska, MD
Program Director, Hospice & Palliative Medicine
lara.desanti-siska@stonybrookmedicine.edu

About Dr. Siska:Lara Siska, MD

Dr. Siska is Program Director of the Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship and the Medical Director of the Palliative Care Service at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

"I attended Smith College and earned an A.B. in Biology with a minor in Neuroscience. After teaching 7th grade Life Science, 10th grade Biology and 11th grade Chemistry for a year at the Williams School in CT, I completed a Masters in Biology at New York University and then attended the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for medical school. I trained at North Shore University Hospital at Glen Cove in Family Medicine. After residency, I joined Bridgehampton Family Medicine, which later merged into Meeting House Lane Medical Practice where I continue to be in private practice today. I have been on the medical staff of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital since 2006 and have been involved with Graduate Medical Education since its inception here in Southampton. I became Program Director of the Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship in 2016 and in 2017 became the Medical Director of the Palliative Care Service at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

I have a passion for education and believe that it is the corner stone of achieving better health outcomes and quality of life for our community. It has also been incredibly rewarding for me to be able to be a part of educating our future colleagues, medical students, residents and fellows, in the last 10 years.

I have a deep love for the community that I now care for and I am thankful that I have the opportunity to give back to the community that has supported me throughout my years. My husband, Bruce and I grew up together and currently live in East Hampton with our two children. We enjoy most spending time together as a family, whether it be on the Baseball field, at the beach, or home playing in the yard."

Fellowship Contact

Tara Lavery
Coordinator, Hospice & Palliative Medicine
(631) 726-0409 ext. 108
tara.lavery@stonybrookmedicine.edu