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Easing Pain for Patients with Malignant Mesothelioma

Catherine Mondonedo, NP
Columbia University Medical Center

Catherine Mondonedo is the senior Nurse Practitioner on the Adult Palliative Care Service at New York Presbyterian-Columbia Medical Center. Along with assisting the medical community with pain and symptom management, she has played a vital role in helping patients and their families navigate the complicated road of health care. Ms. Mondonedo obtained her Master's Degree in Nursing from Columbia University and has been a nurse practitioner for more than 10 years. She has an expressed interest in education and has been guest lecturing in various settings.  

Fran Heller, MSW
Columbia University Medical Center

Fran Heller, LMSW ACPH-SW received her Masters of Social Work from Yeshiva University.  She is the Senior Social Worker on the Palliative Care Consult Service at NY Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center.  This is an interdisciplinary team consisting of a social worker, nurse practitioner and MD.  The team addresses many quality of life issues confronting patients with a life limiting diagnosis and seeks to reduce suffering on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.  This is done mostly by addressing symptoms and working together with the patients’ families from a holistic perspective.  She is also involved in the Narrative Medicine program at Columbia and has been co-facilitator for the past 5 years of the Team Continuum Narrative Writing Program for Patients, Caregivers, and Clinicians.  Fran has spent this year as an NYU Zelda Foster Fellow in Social Work Leadership in Palliative and End of Life Care and is in the process of compiling an assessment of the status of palliative care in the Dominican Republic in order to build a bridge between Dominican patients in the US and practitioners in the DR.

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