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Lynn Hallarman, MD

Director of Palliative Medicine Services
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Department of Preventative


Dr. Hallarman has been a member of the Stony Brook Medical Center Division of Hematology-Oncology since 2007 as the first ever full time board certified palliative medicine expert. She is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine in 1993 and completed her internal medicine residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY in 1996. She has been a full time palliative medicine practitioner for ten years.

She is currently the director of the palliative medicine consultation service, the 'Survivorship & Supportive Care Program', for which she is the founding physician. Her program has been recognized on the national level as recipient of the National Consensus Project 2009 Quality in Palliative Care Leadership Award.

Since its start in 2007, the Survivorship and Supportive care program has helped thousands of patients and their families though the difficulties of serious illness. Her interdisciplinary team approaches patient care from the whole person perspective including comprehensive family assessments for caregiver distress and health-related legal problems.

Dr. Hallarman is the recipient of the 2010 Stony Brook Medicine Education Innovation Award for her curriculum work and has been grant funded by the National End of Life/Palliative Education Resource Center for Medical Student Curriculum Development. She has mentored our faculty toward palliative medicine board certification (six physicians in total), developed an experiential curriculum that is now a required oncology fellow rotation in all 3 years of fellowship, hosts emergency medicine residents on a required rotation, and has developed a popular medical student elective. Dr. Hallarman has spearheaded a systematic approach to palliative medicine education that is now incorporated into all four years of medical school through a didactic and experiential curriculum. She has given literally hundreds of lectures to house staff across fields and departments, to nurse practitioners and other frontline providers.

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