Not only is Dr. Catrisha Cabanilla-Del Mundo the program director of the Nathan Adelson Hospice Osteopathic Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine program, she was also the first fellow to undertake and graduate from the program.
The program, one of only 11 in the country, and the only one in Nevada, is notable for providing humanistic, holistic, evidence-based education for graduate physicians seeking additional skill, competence, and certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The curriculum is consistent with the vision and requirements established by the American Osteopathic Association and delineated in the AOA Basic Documents for Postdoctoral Training.
Hospice care is a medical and holistic treatment for a patient who is no longer seeking curative treatment. Palliative care is care focused on pain and symptom management, but can also be used while still utilizing curative treatment. Nathan Adelson Hospice is the oldest, largest and only nonprofit hospice in the Southern Nevada area.
Dr. Cabanilla-Del Mundo was born in Torrance, California and obtained her Bachelor of Science in biochemistry at the University of California, Riverside. She completed her family medicine residency at Valley Hospital Medical Center after earning her Doctor of Osteopathy at Touro University Nevada and then signed up for the fledgling fellowship program.
“From the beginning, I was impressed with the high level of dedication I felt from everyone at Nathan Adelson Hospice. I also loved the incredible focus of the mission: to ensure no one ended their journey of life alone, afraid or in pain,” Cabanilla-Del Mundo said. “It’s obviously a subject people shy away from discussing, but I’ve seen firsthand how beautiful and how helpful the hospice program can be to both patients and their families.”
This year marks her fourth year as the fellowship program director. In addition to overseeing the program, she leads the training of the new hospice and palliative medicine physicians at NAH through the fellowship. She is also an adjunct faculty member for Touro University Nevada, as well as Valley Hospital graduate medical education and Mountain View graduate medical education. She mentors and teaches medical students and resident physicians on a daily basis during palliative care rounds and also gives lecture presentations to both Valley and Mountain View programs about hospice and palliative medicine.
Dr. Cabanilla-Del Mundo is married with two children. She likes to spend time with her friends and family, travel and try new food whenever her schedule permits. Her schedule stays busy, however, since, in addition to her duties as program director, she is the chair of Hospice and Palliative Care at Mountain View Hospital and a member of Valley Health System ethics committee.
Nathan Adelson Hospice
Specialties: Hospice and Palliative Medicine
4141 Swenson Street
Las Vegas NV 89119