Moffitt Cancer Center Physician Awarded Fellow Status from American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

February 15, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. — Diane Portman, M.D., program leader for Psychosocial and Palliative Care atMoffitt Cancer Center, has recently been honored with the designation fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The academy is the professional organization for physicians who care for patients with serious illness. Advancement to fellowship status within the academy honors dedication to and scholarship in the field of hospice and palliative medicine. This distinction represents a minimum of five years of membership, participation in academy activities, letters of recommendation, and board certification in hospice and palliative medicine.

“I look forward to participating in ongoing efforts to advance the field of palliative medicine and to integrate supportive Palliative Services at Moffitt,” said Portman, who joined Moffitt in April.

Portman will receive the designation March 16 during the Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association in New Orleans.

Portman received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and trained in anesthesia at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is board certified in anesthesiology — hospice and palliative medicine.

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s membership includes more than 4,900 physicians and other health care professionals committed to improving the care of patients with serious or life-threatening conditions. Since 1988, the academy has supported hospice and palliative medicine through advancement of clinical practice standards, research, education and public policy advocacy.

About Moffitt Cancer Center

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