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Susan A. DeSanto-Madeya

Clinical Associate Professor


Susan A. DeSanto-Madeya, Ph.D., RN, CNS, FAAN, is a clinical associate professor at the Connell School of Nursing. Her research interests focus on palliative care. In 2016, she was named a Sojourns Scholar by Cambia Health Foundation, as part of its initiative to advance palliative care in the U.S. Dr. DeSanto-Madeya will lead the creation and implementation of an Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Certificate Program at Boston College for graduate students from nursing, social work, and theology and ministry. The program aims to provide them with increased knowledge of the core principles of palliative care across disciplines; an appreciation and respect for the unique and complementary contributions of each discipline in collaborative care; and a comprehension of the interdisciplinary processes needed to care for people living with serious illness—and their families—throughout the illness trajectory and across care settings.