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Our Team

Meet Our Team:

Tanjeev Kaur

Dr. Tanjeev Kaur practices both Palliative Medicine and Geriatric Medicine, serving as the Medical Director of the Palliative Care at UIH and Program Director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Training at UIC. Her specialty of interest is geriatric medicine and helps patients and families make decisions for palliative or hospice care when transition needed. She is actively engaged in teaching fellows, residents and students, enhancing their knowledge of not only primary care, but also palliative care & advance care planning. She has worked as hospice physician for five years. During her residency, she was awarded the All Star Award for demonstrating the core values of compassion, excellence, human dignity, justice, sacredness of life & service. She is proficient in English, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.

  • Internal Medicine Residency: St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown, OH
  • Geriatric Medicine Fellowship: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
  • Board Certifications: Geriatric Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Hospice Medical Director Certification
    Khadijat A. Adeniyi

    Khadijat Adeniyi is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. Khadijat works on the supportive care team with background in community based palliative care, complex care management and critical care.

    She is dedicated and enthusiastic about alleviating stressors associated with serious illness. Her primary goal is to improve the quality of life of every patients by addressing their physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs.

    • Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Lakeview College of Nursing - Danville, Illinois
    • Masters of Science in Nursing, Olivet Nazarene University - Bourbonnais, Illinois
    • Board certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
    • Continuing education - Coleman palliative Care training.
    Alexis N. Alvarado

    Alexis Alvarado is a licensed social worker. Alexis specialized in health care social work, with experience in skilled nursing facility and inpatient hospital settings. She enjoys learning about the patients to help provide resources and safe discharge plans.

    •  BS in Social Work, Florida Gulf Coast University
    •  MS in Social Work, Loyola University Chicago
    Greg Branen

    Greg Branen is a bilingual (Spanish) licensed clinical social worker. Greg is patient and compassionate when helping patients and families. He helps with multidisciplinary discharge planning and providing psychosocial support. 

    • BA in Spanish, University of Idaho
    • MSW, specializing in Community Mental Health, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign      
    • Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker
    • Board Certified Advanced Palliative/Hospice Social Worker  
    Miriam Correa

    Miriam Correa is an advanced practice registered nurse on the Palliative Care team at UI Health. Miriam has 9 years of hospice and palliative care nursing experience. Miriam provides symptom management, assistance with goals-of-care discussions, and advance care planning to patients with life-limiting illnesses. She also provides psychosocial support and assists patients with conflicts as they navigate treatment options. Miriam is committed to helping patients maintain their autonomy in decision-making by helping them understand the information they receive from providers and how it affects their lives. She strives to ensure the entire treatment team is aware of patients' priorities and goals.

    • BS in Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Chicago
    • MSN, University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Board Certified Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Certified Advance Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Spanish-speaking
    Dr. Michael Huber

    Dr. Michael Huber is a palliative care physician in Supportive Care Services at UI Health. Dr. Huber's practice focuses on control of pain and other symptoms in addition to helping to determine goals for treatment and advance care planning. His goal is to help to patients with serious illness improve their quality of life.

    • Internship: University of Chicago
    • Residency: University of Chicago
    • Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship: University of Chicago
    • Clinical Medical Ethics Fellowship: University of Chicago
    • Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    Lauren Ivory-Smyk, MDiv, BCC

    Lauren Ivory-Smyk, MDiv, BCC is a chaplain in Supportive Care Services at UI Health. Ms. Ivory-Smyk has served as a health care chaplain in acute care, hospice and nursing homes since 2005.  She provides support, listening, and guidance to patients and families as they deal with serious illness, stress, uncertainty and anticipatory grief. Focusing on what provides meaning and comfort to a patient or family, she uses active listening to aid people in processing their experiences with illness, and assists them in the relief of spiritual and emotional suffering.

    • BA in Theology and Communication, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI
    • Master of Divinity, Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, MO
    • Chaplain Residency, The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
    • Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains

      Janet Starck, MD, MBA

      Dr. Janet Starck is a palliative medicine physician specializing in the treatment of patients with serious and life-limiting illnesses. She facilitates inter-disciplinary collaborations and assists patients and their families in the evaluation and choice of medical treatment options consistent with their goals and values. In her practice she focuses on quality of life, functional independence, improved pain and symptom management, and psycho-social support.

      • Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship: University of Chicago
      • Internal Medicine Residency: University of Oklahoma-Tulsa School of Community Medicine
      • American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
      • Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University
      • Board Certified: Hospice and Palliative Medicine
      • Board Certified: Internal Medicine
      • Hospice Medical Director Certification
      • Healthcare Ethics Consult Certification