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

About the investigator

Dr. Lopez’s specialty is geriatric and palliative medicine. He is the director of the Geriatric and Palliative Care (GAP) Consult Service at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY. He is an assistant professor of medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine. Dr. Lopez is a Family Medicine Physician with fellowship training in geriatric medicine and palliative care. He is board certified in all three specialties.

Dr. Lopez received his medical degree from Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia. He then completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. He accomplished fellowships in Geriatric Medicine at North Shore University Hospital/Zucker School of Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel/Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. His main passion is helping out the vulnerable and growing population of patients and families dealing with advanced illness.

Research focus

Dr. Lopez’s research focus includes education with a special focus on geriatrics, palliative care, symptomatic management and patients with advance illness. He also focuses on impacts of palliative care on metrics related to health care such as length of stay, readmissions, patients satisfaction, hospital associated complications.


Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center
Degree: Fellowship
Field of study: Hospice and Palliative Medicine

North Shore-LIJ Health System
Degree: Fellowship
Field of study: Geriatric Medicine

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center
Degree: Residency
Field of study: Family Medicine

Universidad de Caldas
Degree: MD
Field of study: Medicine

Honors & awards

  • 2013 AGS Presidential Poster Award
  • 2013 AMDA Future Foundation Award
  • 2012 Outstanding Resident of the Year
  • 2011-2012 Chief Resident Wyckoff Heights Medical Center
  • 2011 WHMC Certificate of Appreciation by Medical Students
  • 2011 2011 WHMC Outstanding Resident of the Year
  • 2011 WHMC Certificate of Appreciation by Nursing Staff


  1. Santiago Lopez, MD. “When Opiates Are Framed: A case where symptoms of Wernicke’s encephalopathy were attributed to adverse effects of opiates. Avoiding stigma toward and improving knowledge about opioid treatments may not only facilitate appropriate symptomatic treatment but also treat alternative diagnosis that may even cause life threatening situation.” Poster presented at AAHP 2016.
  2. Santiago Lopez, MD, Bridget Earl MD, Tara Liberman DO, Maria Carney MD, Marina Kushnirky BA, Regina Roofeh. “Metrics Matter: Use of Operational Metrics to Evaluate a Growing Inpatient Palliative Consultation Service.” Presented at CAPC conference 2016.
  3. Santiago Lopez, MD, Liron Sinvani, MD, Judith Beizer, PharmD, Gisele Wolf-Klein, MD. (2013, March). “Should We Still Use Insulin Sliding Scale For Diabetic Older Adults In Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)?” Poster presented at ACPM meeting 2013; Phoenix, AZ. AMDA meeting 2013; Washington D.C, DC. AGS meeting 2013; Grapevine, TX. Abstract selected at 2013 Academic Competition of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Abstract published in JAMDA and JAGS.
  4. Preeti Lekhra, MD, and Santiago Lopez, MD. (2009, April). “Quality of Pain Assessment in Non-Verbal Geriatric Patients by Residents and Nursing Staff.” Poster presented at: Society of Teachers Family Medicine’s 43rd Annual Spring Conference; Vancouver, BC.