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Highland Hospital announces new Director of Palliative Care Program


ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Chin-Lin Ching, M.D., has been appointed as Director of the Highland Hospital Palliative Care Consult Service. Dr. Ching follows Daniel Mendelson, M.S., M.D., who  became the first palliative care physician at Highland in 2000. 

Dr. Ching has been the Associate Director of the Highland Hospital Palliative Care Program since 2012 and is Physician Chair of the Highland Hospital Ethics Committee. She also serves as the Medical Director for Serenity House Hospice/Comfort Care Home in Victor, New York. She received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where she also completed her residency in Internal Medicine.

“Dr. Ching has been critical to our program, which was one of the first in the nation to achieve Advanced Certification in Palliative Care by the Joint Commission.,” said Dr. Mendelson, founder of Highland Hospital’s Palliative Care Program. “Her experiences at Highland and outstanding accomplishments as a clinician, teacher, and administrator make her incredibly well qualified to carry through our program’s mission of caring and supporting patients at all stages of illness, including the end of their lives.”

Dr. Mendelson will remain part of the program as he focuses on growing Highland’s ambulatory palliative care practice in addition to his responsibilities as Associate Chief of Medicine for Highland Hospital.  

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