Supportive and Palliative Care Program

Coping with advanced illness is stressful – not only for the patient but also for those who love and care for them.

Palliative Care is a medical specialty devoted to caring for individuals with progressive illness. The goal is to maintain an optimal quality of life for patients and caregivers.

Is Palliative Care Right for You?

Do you or someone close to you have an advanced disease?

Do you or your loved one have one or more of these symptoms?

  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Lack of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Constipation

Have you or your loved one experienced?

  • A change in the focus of your treatment or care
  • Frequent unscheduled clinic visits, emergency room visits or hospital admissions

Do you or your loved one need help with one or more of the following?

  • Planning for your continuing care needs
  • Health care decision-making
  • Emotional or psychosocial support
  • Spiritual support
  • Legal assistance
  • Financial concerns

Meet the Team

The Supportive and Palliative Care Team at Roswell Park works with your attending physician and can join your care process at any time. It is a common misperception that palliative care is offered only for patients who are ending curative treatment.

The Supportive and Palliative Care Team includes:

Amy A. Case, MD, FAAHPM
Department of Supportive Care Chair, Chief of Division of Palliative Care


Michelle Walter, DO
Palliative Care Physician, Associate Program Director UB Palliative Medicine Fellowship


Eric Hansen, MD
Palliative Care Physician

  • Amy Alvarez-Perez, MD- Palliative Care Physician
  • Denise Hyman, BSN, RN, OCN- Palliative Care Nurse, Clinic Navigator
  • Betsy Bodie, MSN, RN, NP- Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Nurse Educator
  • Loretta Miner, MSN, RN- Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Marion McGovern, MSN, RN- Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
  • LuAnn Stevens, MSW, LMSW- Palliative Care Social Worker
  • Frank Brown, MSN, RN-Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Melody Rutherford- Palliative Care Provider
  • Psychology

If you or your loved one has identified one or more of these concerns, you may wish to discuss a Supportive & Palliative Care referral with your physician. The Palliative Care team is located in the Survivorship & Supportive Care Center on the 3rd floor of the Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center. For questions, call 716-845-1619.

If you are a Supportive and Palliative Care patient who needs assistance on the weekend or after 5 p.m. on weekdays, please contact the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center operator at 716-845-2300 and ask for the Supportive and Palliative Care physician on call.