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  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

About the investigator

Dr. Martins-Welch’s specialty is palliative care in the outpatient setting. She focuses on global symptom management for the patient with advanced illness, working collaboratively with various specialists to provide patients the most comprehensive care. Dr. Martins-Welch has a particular interest in studying the effects of early palliative care for cancer patients and medical cannabis for management of symptoms.

Research focus

Dr. Martins-Welch’s research focus includes medical cannabis and supportive care for the oncology patient.


Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Degree: Fellowship
Field of study: Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Degree: Residency
Field of study: Internal Medicine

Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Degree: MD

Honors & awards

  • 2013 Resident Teacher of the Year Award recipient, NSLIJ Department of Internal Medicine
  • 2011 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award recipient
  • 2011 Patrick K. Brooks Memorial Award recipient
  • 2011 Martin R. Liebowitz Award for Excellence in Medicine recipient
  • 2011 Gold Humanism Honor Society inductee
  • 2008 Barry Coller Fund for International Research Scholarship recipient


  1. Lester PE, Kawai F, Rodrigues L, Lolis J, Martins-Welch D, Shalshin A, Fazzari MJ, Pan CX. “Palliative Care in New York State Nursing Homes.” Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2017 Jan 1