Current Fellows

Adult Palliative Medicine Fellows

     Jason Bowman, MD

Jason received his bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from the University of Rhode Island, as well as minors in Physics and Thanatology. He matriculated into the Alpert Medical School of Brown University through their "Early Identification Program". There, he was introduced to the world of palliative medicine through a summer research project with his now long-time mentor and friend Dr. Joan Teno. While at Brown, Jason founded the school's palliative medicine student interest group and earned a concentration in Geriatrics / Aging. Jason completed his emergency medicine residency in 2020 at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program, co-sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women's Hospital, in Boston, MA. During his final year, he was chosen as one of three Chief Residents. Jason's interests include exploring how primary palliative skills can be best taught to and utilized by emergency medicine providers, learning research methods to combine big dataset analyses and qualitative interviewing, and working to help improve access to palliative medicine in rural / underserved areas.


Harry Han, MD

Harry received his bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and his medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in June 2020 where he led support groups for interns to debrief the grueling clinical year. He is interested in palliative care and oncology exploring the role of palliative care in clinical trials for experimental therapies and identifying disease-specific and patient-specific "triggers" for subspecialty palliative care consultation. Outside of the hospital, Harry enjoys historical documentaries and podcasts.


Elizabeth Lilley, MD MPH

Elizabeth received her bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Lafayette College.  She then attended the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University where she received her Master of Public Health with a focus on history, ethics, and health policy.  She completed her medical studies at Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where she remained for her first three years of residency training in general surgery.  During her research fellowship at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital, her work focused on palliative care needs of surgical patients.  She transferred to Brigham and Women's Hospital to complete her surgical residency.  She is interested in exploring opportunities for integrating palliative care principles into the care of complex surgical patients.  Following her fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, she will pursue fellowship training in surgical oncology.  When not working, she enjoys spending time at home with her husband.


Patrick Malecha, MD

Patrick grew up in the Twin Cities, Minnesota and received his bachelor's degree in Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota. He attended medical school at New York University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2020. During medical school and residency, Patrick developed a strong interest in medical education. He has focused on enhancing palliative medicine education for internal medicine residents. His clinical interests include palliative care for patients with chronic heart and lung disease as well as the intersection of palliative and critical care medicine.


Katherine Manning, MD

Katie received her bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Yale University, and then went on to complete her MD at UPenn, where she also completed a Masters in Bioethics. It was in medical school that Katie discovered her joint loves of palliative care and cardiology. She moved up to Boston to complete internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, then stayed on for cardiology fellowship, and eventually plans to complete an Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant fellowship after palliative care. Her clinical and academic interests lie at the intersection of palliative care, advanced heart disease, and decision-making, and she hopes to spend her career helping to improve end-of-life care for patients with cardiac disease.


Marlén Ortega Cruz, MD

Marlén received her bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in philosophy and Spanish from St. Xavier University. Prior to attending medical at the University of Illinois in Chicago, she worked at Lurie Children's hospital as a respiratory therapist, gaining exposure in the care critically ill patients. She completed an internal medicine and pediatrics residency at Tulane Medical School, New Orleans in 2019, where she led the Residency Community Service Committee, focused on working with underrepresented and under-served populations in New Orleans in bridging the gap in health disparities through direct community outreach. She is interested in decreasing the gap between under-served communities and healthcare specifically in the area of palliative medicine and end of life care and working on training providers in all specialties on providing primary care palliative medicine.


Pediatric Palliative Medicine Fellows

Annie Chen, MD

Annie grew up in Taipei, Taiwan and San Jose, California. She received her bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles. She then attended medical school at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in Los Angeles.  She completed a pediatric residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles in 2020. During her residency, she piloted a simulation curriculum on acute resuscitation and management of children with advanced care plans. She is also an advocate for medical student and physician wellbeing, having published her personal experiences in AAP's Pediatrics.  Her academic interests include integrating palliative care in the context of emergency care and expanding palliative medicine education into all stages of medical education and training. She is excited to live on the East Coast for the first time and is looking forward to exploring Boston.


 Andrew McReynolds, MD

Andrew grew up in Toronto, Ontario before receiving his bachelor's degree in biology from Cornell University and master's degree in nutrition from Columbia University. Prior to attending medical school at Emory University in Atlanta he worked as a research assistant in a cardiovascular physiology lab in Toronto. He completed residency in pediatrics at Emory University followed by a Chief Resident year. He is interested in education for students and residents particularly as it relates to improving the integration of palliative medicine into other pediatric disciplines.


Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Fellows

Angelli Aguilar, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, CPHON

Angelli Aguilar received her BSN at The University of South Florida School of Nursing and spent over three years working as a bedside nurse at Johns Hopkins All Childrens Hospital in St.Petersburg, FL. She also received her MSN at the University of South Florida School of Nursing where she studied pediatric primary care with a focus on chronic conditions. While studying to receive her MSN, she worked as a Charge nurse on the Hematology/ Oncology/ Bone Marrow Transplant Unit for the past 1.5 years at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and painting.


Jessie Brain MSN, FNP-C, RN, CCRN

Jessie Brain (MSN, FNP-C, RN, CCRN) graduated with her Master of Science degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2018 from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Clemson University in 2008. For the last 11 years, she has worked as a critical care nurse in the Medical ICU at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her primary academic interest includes the formal integration of palliative care into the intensive care unit setting. She enjoys spending time with her wife and her daughter, Cora (20 months), as well as traveling, trying new restaurants and managing her less than successful fantasy football team.


Candice R. Ellis, APRN, AGNP-C, RN

Candice Ellis is a licensed Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. From Newmarket, New Hampshire, she has lived in Boston since 2015. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience and Behavior from University of New Hampshire and an RN and Master's of Science in Nursing degrees from Boston College. Candice has worked at Upham's Corner Health Center as a PACE Nurse Practitioner since 2018. Her academic interests include management of chronic illness in the older adult and integrating palliative care into her practice. In her free time she enjoys gardening, reading and travel. 


Pediatric Social Work Fellow

Eleanor Frechette, LCSW, MSW

Eleanor Frechette earned her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, concentrating on Clinical Social Work within health and mental healthcare settings. Eleanor focused her studies on hospice and end-of-life care, completing her practicum in psychosocial interventions for hospice patients.  She graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University with her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, where she worked extensively with children who have life-threatening illnesses at the Ronald McDonald House. Eleanor’s professional interests include mindfulness and dialectical behavior therapy skills for pediatric populations, dignity and meaning-centered therapy in palliative care settings, and management of caregiver burnout.


PGY-2 Pain Management & Palliative Care Pharmacy Resident

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Molly Bacon, PharmD

Molly Bacon is originally from Fairview, Pennsylvania.  Molly attended the University of South Carolina and received her PharmD from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy in Columbia, South Carolina.  After graduation, she completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Throughout her residency, Molly gained experience caring for diverse patient populations in various areas including acute care, chronic disease state management, internal medicine, and transitions of care.  During her time with UPMC, Molly collaborated on several quality improvement projects, including spearheading an opioid stewardship initiative to guide pain management in health system oncology services.  Her professional interests include palliative care, pain management, family medicine, oncology, transitions of care, and academia.  Molly has continued to grow her passion for teaching by precepting pharmacy students, giving lectures at a local physician assistant program, and participating in a teaching and learning seminar.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, boxing, kayaking, hiking, and traveling.  After completion of her PGY2 and fellowship, Molly hopes to obtain a position as a palliative care clinical pharmacist at a site affiliated with educational healthcare programs.