Samaritan physicians are board certified in hospice and palliative care, family medicine, internal medicine, or geriatrics. Hospice physicians oversee the interdisciplinary team and the plan of care. Palliative Medical Partners physicians meet with patients and their families to discuss palliative care options. HomeVisit Physicians provide at-home primary care.
Hospice and Palliative Physicians
Stephen Goldfine, MD, DABFP, CAQGM, DABHP, is a palliative care physician with more than 30 years of experience. Since 2003, he has served as the full-time chief medical officer where he oversees the care of all Samaritan’s patients in hospice care, palliative medicine, and primary care at home. In addition to his role on Samaritan’s Senior Leadership Team, Dr. Goldfine also serves as Samaritan’s liaison with the medical community and provides direct care for patients at home, at hospitals and long-term care communities.
Dr. Goldfine is certified by both the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Board of Family Practice, with added qualifications in geriatrics and hospice and palliative medicine.
An articulate and engaging speaker, Dr. Goldfine has presented a range of educational workshops to healthcare professionals and the public through collaborations with the Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey, the New Jersey Hospital Association, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, Medical Society of New Jersey, and the Home Care & Hospice Association of New Jersey. Dr. Goldfine provided keynote presentations for the New Jersey Healthcare Leadership Academy, New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Leadership and Management Conference. Dr. Goldfine serves on the National Partnership for Healthcare & Hospice Innovation’s Physician Forum. Dr. Goldfine completed Faculty Training with VitalTalk, an organization nurturing healthier communication between clinicians and patients on advance care planning, serious illness, and end-of-life care options.
Dr. Goldfine has been a frequent choice as a Top Doc by SJ Magazine and a Top Physician by South Jersey Magazine.
Dr. Goldfine received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and his undergraduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta.
Sara Pagliaro, DO is a hospice and palliative care physician with more than 10 years of experience. Since 2012, she has served as a palliative medicine physician caring for Samaritan patients and their families in a hospital setting. In January 2018, she was named the director of palliative medicine where she oversees the care of Samaritan’s Palliative Medical Partners patients.
Dr. Pagliaro is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine. She’s a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Pagliaro received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, NJ, and her undergraduate degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah, NJ. Dr. Pagliaro has been a frequent choice as a Top Doc by SJ Magazine and a Top Physician by South Jersey Magazine.
John Bertagnolli, DO brings more than 35 years of family medicine experience to Samaritan since starting at the not-for-profit organization in 2016. He serves as a hospice physician who oversees inter-disciplinary teams and patient care.
Dr. Bertagnolli is board certified in family medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and also completed the Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Hospice & Palliative Medicine. He’s a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Bertagnolli’s dedication to the community is exemplified through his extensive contributions to teaching and mentoring, plus many years of giving back through volunteering. He serves as a volunteer physician for Missionaries of the Poor in Jamaica, an assistant scout master and advisory committee chair for a local Boy Scouts club, a mission-steering committee chair for the Our Lady of Good Counsel in Moorestown, NJ, and is even an ordained deacon for the Catholic Church.
Dr. Bertagnolli received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, NJ, and his undergraduate degree Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. He is a frequent choice for Top Physician in South Jersey Magazine in the family medicine and/or hospice/palliative care categories.
Jennifer Chiesa, DO serves as a hospice and palliative medicine physician where she oversees the inter-disciplinary team and patient care. She visits patients in their homes, facilities, our inpatient hospice centers, and area hospitals.
In 2013, Dr. Chiesa broke ground when she was chosen as the first hospice and palliative care fellow in New Jersey through an innovative collaboration between Samaritan and the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Chiesa is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine. She’s a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Internists, and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Chiesa received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, NJ, and her undergraduate degree from University of Scranton in Scranton, PA.
Sanjiv Patel, MD is a physician with more than 20 years of experience. Since 2011, he has served as a hospice physician caring for patients and their families at Samaritan’s Inpatient Centers. He also serves as lead physician at Virtua Primary Care of Moorestown.
Dr. Patel is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice (ABFP) and the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board (HMDCB)
Dr. Patel received his medical degree from the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA and his undergraduate degree from University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI. He was named a Top Physician by South Jersey Magazine in 2018.
Akshay Dave, MD, FACGS is a physician with more than 25 years of experience caring for patients and their families in South Jersey.
In 2000, he started his own family medicine practice after an internship at Lankenau Hospital and a residency at Underwood Memorial Hospital. He has cared for patients at Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury, ManorCare Health Services in West Deptford, and Atrium Post-Acute Care of Woodbury. Dr. Dave has also served as a physician for Lighthouse Hospice.
Dr. Dave is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and received his medical degree from M.P. Shah Medical School in Jamnagar, India. Dr. Dave earned NJ Top Doc in 2017.
Emily A. Burns, MD, is a physician with more than 20 years of experience caring for patients and their families.
Prior to starting at Samaritan, Dr. Burns spent many years in a primary-care setting. She provided hands-on care managing acute and chronic diseases of adult and pediatric patients. In 2018, she expanded her medical expertise by completing a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, ME. She then served as a hospice physician for Home Health & Hospice Care in New Hampshire where she cared for patients in their homes, nursing homes, and in a community hospice house.
Dr. Burns is board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
She received her medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden, NJ, and her undergraduate degree from The Catholic University of American in Washington, DC.
Zachary Klock, MD, serves as a hospice and palliative medicine physician where he oversees the inter-disciplinary team and patient care. He visits patients in their homes, facilities, our inpatient centers, and area hospitals.
Dr. Klock is board certified in family medicine and will be board certified in hospice and palliative medicine in 2022. He is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Klock completed a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship and a Family and Community Medicine Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, where he served as chief resident. He received his medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, and his undergraduate degree from Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA.
Dr. Klock is proficient in Spanish.
Dr. Kenneth V. Giacobbo, the founder of HomeVisit Physicians, is a board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative care. He earned a B.S. degree in Biology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. and he received his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences. He completed a 1 year rotating internship at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Chester, PA and a 3 year Internal Medicine residency at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ. He is a member of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. the American Osteopathic Association, the Medical Society of NJ
During his 30 years in private practice Dr. Giacobbo has developed a keen appreciation for the hardships endured by senior and home-bound patients and their families. He realized that often the patient’s requiring the most care were also those having the most difficulty making routine visits to the doctor’s office. In an effort to ease some of the burdens associated with chronic illness and aging and to allow for a more convenient way for patients to achieve proper and necessary health care, Dr. Giacobbo has dedicated his practice solely to home care visits.
Kevin Hook, DNP, MA, MS, APN is the director of community-based palliative medicine and brings more than 20 years of health care experience to his role at Samaritan.
Hook has served as chief nursing officer at Life Center of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and vice president of nursing practice and education at Genesis Healthcare.
He is a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Hook received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University School of Nursing, a master’s degree in adult / gerontology primary care health from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice in executive healthcare leadership from George Washington University. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in religious studies and ethics from Indiana University and a master’s degree in bioethics and policy from Clarkson University.