Mount Sinai Careers

Assistant Professor (Inpatient) at the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute

New York, New York

Job Description

Assistant Professor (Inpatient) at the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute.

Job Summary:

The Assistant Professor is an attending physician with responsibilities that include working with patients and their families in an interdisciplinary team setting to identify values and goals of treatment,  manage physical and emotional pain and other uncomfortable symptoms associated with serious illness, collaborating with the patient's primary physician or team to develop a plan of care consistent with treatment goals, supervising palliative medicine fellows, and participating in weekend call with the Palliative Care team. 

The qualified candidate must possess broad clinical knowledge, demonstrate experience in palliative care, strong theory-based practice, and excellent interpersonal and communication skills when playing a pivotal role in the provision of inpatient palliative care services. Clinician candidates should have an early track record of being acknowledged leaders in clinical care at a local level, with established regional reputations as excellent clinicians and/or educators. Candidates should be active participants in institutional and departmental committees, making significant contributions at both levels. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Obtain a comprehensive view of the patient’s issues and circumstances, explore options for care, and advocate the patient’s values, goals, and preferences by receiving and triaging all new inpatient palliative care consultations from primary teams throughout the hospital. 

Facilitate clarification of patients and family goals of care through collaboration with the patient’s healthcare team, ensuring all involved parties have congruent goals. 

Initiate and/or collaborate with other teams regarding Goals of Care/EOL discussions (e.g. HCP, DNR/DNR, Molst forms, isolated patient issues). 

Act as consultative resource by demonstrating skilled and meticulous symptom management, with extensive involvement and participation in organizing inpatient, community care, discharge planning, and/or continuity of care efforts. 

Enhance traditional disease-model treatments by promoting emotional, spiritual, practical, and complementary (e.g. music therapy, pet therapy, etc.) supports to patients and families.

Serve as a role-model and mentor to physicians and nurses at all levels of training while providing active support, collaboration, and clinical expertise in rapidly changing circumstances. 

Consistently demonstrate the role of patient advocate, protector of patient’s rights, and provider of psychological, social and cultural support. 

Educate patients, families, and staff regarding the importance of palliative/end-of life options. 

Participate in daily morning rounds and clinical meetings. 

Participate in the development and implementation of continuous quality improvement programs.

Participate in committee activities. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:


Visual and aural acuity to assess patient status.

Ability to interpret and apply principles of nursing research utilization and monitor and report on outcomes and trends. 

Ability to manage and coordinate an advanced patience caseload on a palliative care consultation service and/or inpatient palliative care unit. 

Work within a collaborative agreement/protocols with a physician and interdisciplinary health care team.

Communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals. 

Ability to use basic data entry and retrieval systems.

Analytic ability to collect and organize information, identify problems and trends, formulate and implement corrective plans or programs, and teach others. 

Minimum Licensing Requirements:

New York State License with current registration as a registered nurse. 

This position reports to: Associate Director of Consult Service, Director of the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute.

The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation.


Please specify Job Title of interest and send CV with Cover Letter to:

Alex Cano

Director Physician Recruitment

Mount Sinai Health System

for Live Chat Click Here