Meet our Program Team
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.
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.
Dr. Andrew Putnam is a graduate of Yale University and received his medical degree from the UConn 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.
Dr. Mark Swidler is Associate Director and Director of Outpatient Palliative Care. He oversees the palliative care services for our outpatient clinics at Smilow Cancer Hospital. His specialties are in Geriatric Medicine, Hospice, and Palliative Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty at Yale, Dr. Swidler was an Associate Professor in the Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Dr. Dmitry Kozhevnikov , Director of the Outpatient Palliative Care Program at the Smilow Care Centers, completed his Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Yale School of Medicine after receiving his medical degree from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2016, he received The Susan and Herman Merinoff Palliative Medicine Award, which honors those who exhibit knowledge of Palliative Medicine principles and practice and possess the professionalism and compassion needed to care for patients with advanced illness.
Dr. Elizabeth Prsic is a physician specializing in medical oncology and palliative care. She received her medical degree from the George Washington School of Medicine. She completed internal medicine residency and medical oncology fellowship at Brown University. Dr. Prsic received a T32 NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service award and completed a research fellowship through the Division of Hematology Oncology at Brown University where she focused on end-of-life and palliative care. During research fellowship, she studied cancer epidemiology, biostatistics and health policy at the Brown University School of Public Health.
Dr. Prsic is an assistant professor at Yale Medical School and serves as an attending physician at the Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital. Her research interests include end-of-life care, health care utilization, and symptom management among oncology patients. She is passionate about supporting patients with advanced cancer and their caregivers. Dr. Prsic is dedicated to serving patients with serious or life-limiting illness with complex medical needs or difficult-to-control symptoms. She is committed to medical education and academic mentorship.
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 Leslie, 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.
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.
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 baby boy. Jane serves people of all faiths and spiritualities, and believes that each person has a unique perspective of the Holy.
Andrea Lucibello is the Coordinator of Bereavement Services for Yale New Haven Hospital and is a member of the Palliative Care Team. She is a licensed clinical social worker with expertise in bereavement and mental health. Andrea earned her MSW degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work, and has a certification as a Grief Recovery Specialist from The Grief Recovery Institute in California. She uses her knowledge and experience in grief recovery, individual therapy, group therapy, program development, supervision and teaching to provide bereavement services to individuals, groups and the community.