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About Samaritan's Physicians

About Samaritan's Physicians

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.

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Hospice and Palliative Physicians

HomeVisit Physicians

Stephen Goldfine, MD
Chief Medical Officer

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 Samaritan’s hospice and palliative patients and serves as the liaison between Samaritan and the medical community. He also sees patients and families as a physician with Samaritan’s medical practice Palliative Medical Partners.

Dr. Goldfine is certified by both the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Board of Family Practice. With the latter, he has 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, including a plenary presentation at the 2017 NJ Lung Force Expo, introductory workshops at the inaugural 2017 and 2018 New Jersey Health Education Leadership Academies, end-of-life seminars at statewide conferences of The Medical Society of New Jersey and the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, and at the 2016 National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Leadership and Management Conference. In 2015, 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
Associate Director of Palliative Medicine

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 associate 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. She was named a SJ Magazine Top Doc in 2017 and 2018.

 

John Bertagnolli, DO

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 was named a South Jersey Magazine Best Physician in the family medicine category for more than five years in row.

Jennifer Chiesa, DO

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 College of Physicians, 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.

Whitney L. Huston, DO

Whitney Huston, 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.

Dr. Huston is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and family medicine. She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

As a family medicine resident, Huston received the Humanism in Medicine Award from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine for exemplifying care and compassion.

In 2014, Dr. Huston was chosen as the second hospice and palliative care fellow in New Jersey through an innovative collaboration between Samaritan and the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Huston received her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and her undergraduate degree from Temple University.

Sanjiv Patel, MD

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.

 


Kenneth Giacobbo, DO

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.