After training in internal medicine and hematology/oncology, Selvaggi became interested in palliative care, which focuses on relieving the pain and stress of patients who suffer from serious illnesses. In 2006 she completed a fellowship in palliative medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She then became chief of palliative medicine for the West Penn Allegheny Health System, where she was voted one of Pittsburgh’s top doctors and won the American Cancer Society’s Lane Adams Award, honoring medical professionals who promote the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Recently she accepted a position that will take her back to Boston as co-director of the inpatient palliative care unit at the prestigious Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center.
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