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Meet our Program Team

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Jennifer Kapo, MD, provides clinical palliative medicine to patients at Smilow Cancer Hospital. In addition, she focuses on developing a research mission in palliative medicine and expanding teaching opportunities for existing Yale faculty, staff, fellows, residents, and medical students.


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Dr. Lawrence R. Solomon is a clinician who sees patients for the adult palliative care service.  This includes assistance with the management of pain and other symptoms related to progressive and potentially life-threatening disorders such as cancer, advanced lung diseases, advanced heart diseases, neurologic disorders and advanced liver diseases. He received his medical degree from New York University; completed residency training in internal medicine at Yale University and the University of Washington; and fellowship training in hematology at the University of Washington. In addition to patient care, he is involved in clinical research involving vitamin B12 and palliative care, and he participates in teaching programs for medical students, residents and fellows.

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Dr. Andrew Putnam is a graduate of Yale University and received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in family medicine at State University of New York at Stony Brook and a fellowship in palliative medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Putnam is an Assistant Professor specializing in pain and palliative care. Dr. Putnam has significant experience in palliative therapies and end-of-life decision-making and medical care. He spent the last 11 years practicing with the palliative care group at Lombardi Cancer Institute at Georgetown University Hospital. He served as Director of their Palliative Care Program from 2005-2012.






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Dr. Laura Morrison serves as an attending physician on the YNHH Palliative Care Consultation Service and is Director of Palliative Medicine Education and Director of the Yale Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. In addition to patient care, she is involved in palliative care educational initiatives locally and nationally. Dr. Morrison received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine where she also completed her internship, residency, and chief residency in internal medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center. She completed fellowship training in geriatrics and palliative care at Baylor College of Medicine where she spent 9 years on faculty and served as Education Director for the Supportive and Palliative Consultation Service at Houston Methodist Hospital from 2006-2013. 

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Leslie Blatt first started her career in acute care where she developed her interest in ethics and end of life. She went on to pursue her masters degree in adult mental health. For her, Palliative care combines her interests in medicine and mental health. She uses her expertise in pain and symptom management and supportive counseling. Leslie holds certifications in palliative care, pain management and adult mental health. Certified as an ELNEC trainer, one of her goals is to educate other health professionals in palliative and end of life care. Leslie has also published in areas of DNR and decision-making and psychosocial aspects of palliative care.

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Ursula Nehrt received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her graduate training in Physician Assistant studies was at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She has practiced as a physician assistant since earning her certification in 1995. She has worked in a variety of settings, including family practice, internal medicine, geriatrics, and oncology. She has been at Yale since 2010. Ursula has served on the Masonicare ethics committee and has worked extensively with families of dementia patients, assisting them in making difficult decisions regarding goals of care. She is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

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Susan Crawford is a licensed clinical social worker who works on the Palliative care team. She provides counseling support to patients and their families in regards to adjustment to illness/coping issues, family counseling, long term planning, bereavement and other psycho-social issues. She received her BA from State University of NY at Buffalo, her Masters in Social Work at the University of Connecticut, her Post-Masters Certification in End-of Life Care at Smith College School of Social work/Baystate Medical Center.

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Christina Monico, MSN, OCN, FNP-BC, started at Yale working as a registered nurse in Gynecologic Oncology. Christina attended a Master’s program focusing on Family Practice and was certified as an oncology nurse. Christina received her advanced practice degree from Fairfield University.  She has chosen to specialize in palliative care, helping manage pain and symptoms while providing supportive care for patients and their families.
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Jane Jeuland     has a Masters of Divinity Degree from Yale Divinity School. She is ordained in the Episcopal Church and is a Board Certified Chaplain. She received her chaplaincy training from Yale New Haven Hospital where she then served as the Oncology Chaplain before becoming the Palliative Care Chaplain. She is married to Eric Jeuland, Chaplain at St. Mary's Hospital. Jane and Eric are proud parents of a bouncing baby boy. Jane serves people of all faiths and spiritualities, and believes that each person has a unique perspective of the Holy.