Amy Case Amy Case

Amy Case

MD, FAAHPM

Specializing In:

Palliative medicine Pain management Palliation of dyspnea in COPD Prognostication Advance directive discussions

About Me

Biography:

I am currently the Lee Foundation Endowed Chair of the Department of Palliative and Supportive Care and serve as the Palliative Care Program Chief at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. I have been in this role since January of 2016, and I previously served as the Director of Palliative Medicine at the VA Western New York Healthcare System from 2005-20016. In 2005, I started and served as the program director for the University at Buffalo (UB) Palliative Medicine Fellowship until 2017. This fellowship program graduates four palliative medicine fellows annually. I am an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at UB. 

I completed a residency in internal medicine at the University at Buffalo in 2004 and went on to complete a fellowship in Palliative and Pain Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York (2004-2005). I was initially board certified in Internal Medicine, Pain Medicine and have maintained my Hospice and Palliative Medicine board certification. I have several published articles, including peer-reviewed clinical research, book chapters and review articles. My scholarly focus is on the palliation of inoperable malignant bowel obstruction, chemical coping, buprenorphine use for cancer pain, medical cannabis and palliative medicine education. I have given many lectures, presentations and grand rounds locally and have been invited nationally to speak on palliative and pain topics. I teach medical students, residents, and fellows daily. I recently served a three-year term as chair for the education special interest group and currently serve as the chair for the fellowship director’s special interest group for the national organization, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). I also serve as the editor for a quarterly educational exchange series brief report in the top read journal in palliative medicine, The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, and have served as an ad hoc reviewer for this journal in the past.


Credentials

Positions

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Associate Professor of Oncology
  • Chair
  • Department of Supportive Care
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo
  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Background

Education and Training:

  • 2001 - MD - State University of New York at Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY

Residency:

  • 2004 - Internal Medicine - State University of New York at Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY

Fellowship:

  • 2005 - Pain and Palliative Medicine - Beth Israel Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, New York, NY

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Pain Medicine

Professional Memberships:

  • 2015-Present - Nominated as fellow of American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (FAAHPM)
  • 2011-Present - American College of Physicians (ACP)
  • 2004-Present - American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)

Professional Experience:

  • 9/2015-1/2016 - UB/MD Associate Program Director/VA Site Director UB Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • 6/2014-Present - Associate Professor of Medicine, SUNY at Buffalo Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program Director, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • 7/2005-6/2014 - Assistant Professor of Medicine, SUNY at Buffalo Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program Director, Division of Palliative Medicine, SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • 7/2005-1/2016 - Director of Palliative Medicine, Geriatrics and Extended Care Veterans Administration Western New York Healthcare System

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 - Named Patrick Warn Lee Endowed Chair Department of Palliative Care
  • 2015 - First annual “Program Director of Excellence” award. Given out by UB GME
  • 2012 - VA Service Award, for 10 years of employment at the VA, VAWNYHS
  • 2012 - SUNY at Buffalo (UB) Graduate Medicine Education (GME) Award for Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), 5-yr accreditation cycle, no citations for Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship for which I serve as program director
  • 2009 - UB GME award, for ACGME accreditation maximum number of year cycle for the new program, the UB Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship
  • 2008 - Certificate of Recognition VAWNYHS National Under Secretary for Health Customer Service Unit Level Award, for helping to lead Planetree culture change by example
  • 2006 - Special Contribution Award, Given by Michael Finegan, Director of VAWNYHS, for a unique contribution to the mission of the department
  • 2002 - Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, Arnold P. Gold Foundation
  • 2002 - Intern of the year (Lawrence H. Golden Award), For combining humanistic attributes with a scientific approach to patient care
  • 2001 - Harry E. and Loretta A. Jordan Award for Investigation in Neoplastic Disease
  • 2001 - Generalist Scholar Award, For Achievement in Clinical Research

Publications

Hansen ED, Mitchell MM, Cruz Oliver DM, Alghanim FA, Walter M, Case AA, Smith T, Knowlton AR. Chronic pain, functional status, and life satisfaction are associated with patients living with HIV discussing advanced care planning with their family or friends. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Feb 25.

Hansen ED, Wang X, Case AA, Puzanov I, Smith T. Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Toxicity Review for the Palliative Care Clinician. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Sep;56(3):460-472.

Swami M, Case AA. Effective Palliative Care: What is Involved? Oncology. 2018 Apr 15;32(4):180-4

Walter M, Case AA. Opioids in Oncology Care. Onc Times. 2017; 39(11):8-21.

Calabrese, RK, Case AA. How Can We Improve the Collaborative Care Between the Primary Oncologist and the Palliative Care Specialist in Caring for Patients With Serious Illness? J Oncol Pract. 2017;13(9):601-605.

DansM, Smith T, Back A, Baker JN, Bauman JR, Beck AC, Block S, Campbell T, Case AA et al. Palliative Care, version 2.2017: Featured updates to the NCCN guidelines JNCCN, 2017;15(8):989-997. 

Anwar S, Case AA. Palliation of refractory dyspnea in a patient with end stage COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Int J Respir and Pulm Med. Manuscript accepted for publication Dec. 2015.

Anwar S, Case AA. Art of Prognostication and Missing the Big Picture. J of Fam Med. Manuscript accepted for publication Dec 2015.

Jospeh K, Schneider J, Case AA. Palliative Management of Malignant Bowel Obstruction with Carcinomatosis. Int J Cancer Clin Res 2015, 2:5.

Lal AA, Case AA. Palliation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Ann Palliat Med 2014;3(4):276-285.

Meeker MA, Waldrup D, Schneider J, Case AA. Contending with Advanced Illness: Patient and Caregiver Process. J Pain and Symptom Manage. Online, Sept 2013.

Case AA, Orrange SM, Weissman DE. (March 2013) Palliative medicine physician education in the United States: A historical review. J Palliat Med. 16(3). 230-236.

Gunn SK, Farolino D, McDonald AA. (March 2009) A case of warfarin-associated venous limb gangrene: implications of anticoagulation in a palliative care setting. J Palliat Med. 12(3). 269-272.

Wetzler M, Brady MT, Tracy E, Li ZR, Donohue KA, O'Loughlin KL, Cheng Y, Mortazavi A, McDonald AA, Kunapuli P, Wallace PK, Baer MR, Cowell JK, Baumann H. (November 2006) Arsenic trioxide affects signal transducer and activator of transcription proteins through alteration of protein tyrosine kinase phosphorylation. Clin Cancer Res. 12(22). 6817-6825.

McDonald AA, Lesage P. (April 2006) Palliative management of pressure ulcers and malignant wounds in patients with advanced illness. J Palliat Med. 9(2). 285-295.

McDonald AA, Portenoy RK. (January 2006) How to use antidepressants and anticonvulsants as adjuvant analgesics in the treatment of neuropathic cancer pain. J Support Oncol. 4(1). 43-52.

Freer JP, Kerr CW, McDonald AA, Schaeffer CP, Smiley SL. (December 2003) End-of-Life Care Curriculum Development In a Large Internal Medicine Training Program J Palliat Med. 6(6). 942.

Book Chapters

Case AA (2014). Hospice and Palliative Medicine: Professional Education. In B. Jennings (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Bioethics, New York, NY: Macmillian Reference. In Press.

Case AA, Walter MM. (2013). Prognostication. In H. S. Smith and J. G. Pilitsis (Ed.), The Art and Science of Palliative Medicine. AME Publishing Company, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

Maida V, Alexander S, Case AA, Fakhraei P. (2013) Palliative management of malignant wounds. In H. S. Smith and J. G. Pilitsis (Ed.), The Art and Science of Palliative Medicine. AME Publishing Company, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

Gupta N, Case AA. (2013). Adjuvant Analgesics. In H. S. Smith and J. G. Pilitsis (Ed.), The Art and Science of Palliative Medicine. AME Publishing Company, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

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