Course Co-Directors - Planners

Emily Chai, MD

Associate Professor

Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Associate Director,

Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Chai completed her residency in internal medicine and fellowship in geriatrics with an emphasis in palliative care at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, in 2003.  As a recipient of the Geriatric Academic Career Award, she looked into innovative ways to promote geriatric palliative care in academic centers.  As a former recipient of the Geriatric Education and Research Fund Award from the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuel Foundation in 2002-3, she’s worked on a research study evaluating older adults’ attitudes and experiences with opioid use in non-malignant pain.  She received an award as the research fellow of the year 2002-2003.  She is trained in EPEC (Education on Palliative and End-of-life-care) as both a participant and a trainer.  She is now the co-director of the EPEC course and the Intensive Update with Board Review in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine Course sponsored by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai annually.  She is certified to practice acupuncture in New York City, has a special interest in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and is currently editing a handbook on Geriatric Palliative Care for Clinicians with her colleagues, Dr. Diane E. Meier and Jane Morris, RN.


Audrey K. Chun, MD

Associate Professor

Vice Chair for Clinical Programs

Director, Coffey Geriatrics at the Martha Stewart Center for Living

Brookdale Department of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Audrey Chun completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  She then finished her fellowship in geriatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she also served as Chief Fellow.  As a recipient of a Health Professions Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA), she was able to pursue her clinical interests that include geriatric assessment, medical education, and delivery of care in the outpatient setting.  She is active in the educational programs of Geriatrics and Palliative Care and regularly participates in the education of medical students, residents, geriatrics fellows and colleagues at her home institution and nationally.  She has been featured in the Frontline documentary “Living Old” and has participated in numerous panel discussions on aging in America and its implications.  Currently, she is Director of Coffey Geriatrics at the Martha Stewart Center for Living at the Mount Sinai Medical Center.


Helen M. Fernandez, MD, MPH


Director, Geriatrics Fellowship Program

Associate Director, Medical Education

Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Fernandez completed her residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at Saint Vincent's Medical Center in New York.  She then completed her fellowship in Geriatrics, where she also served as a Chief Fellow, and a Masters of Public Health degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  In 2002, she received a Geriatric Academic Career Award.  Her career interests include osteoporosis, evidence-based medicine, cultural competency and medical education.

Since 2002, Dr. Fernandez has presented Annual Updates in Geriatric Medicine at national and regional venues including the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) and American Geriatrics Society (AGS).  She has presented on topics including geriatric models of care, medication management, career development and curriculum development at national and international meetings including the World Gerontology Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2005, the ACP International Meeting in Mexico, 2006, and the International Association for Medical Education Annual Conference in Genoa, Italy, 2006, in Trondeim, Norway, 2007, in Prague, Czech Republic, 2008, in Malaga, Spain in 2009 and in Glasglow in 2010.  She is a Course Director for the annual “Intensive Update with Board Review in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine”, in addition to the “Master Clinician-Educator Program in Geriatrics” and “Physician Mini-Fellowships: Geriatrics for Non-Geriatricians” programs funded by Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.  She was the Principal Investigator of an Aetna Foundation grant to teach medical students about the interaction of culture and palliative care.  In 2006, she received a grant from the Aetna Foundation for a project on the impact of culture on palliative care education.  In 2007, she became the Co-Program Director of the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers.  Since 2008, she has been an active member of the Ethnogeriatrics Committee of AGS and Health Disparities Task Force for SGIM.  In 2010, she became a National Hispanic Medical Association Fellow and is working on policy recommendations for workforce diversity. In 2010, she received the Leo Tow Gold Humanism Award.


Bethann M. Scarborough, MD

Assistant Professor

Associate Director, Ambulatory Services

Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Scarborough received her undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University and medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  She completed a residency in internal medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in palliative medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Dr. Scarborough practices outpatient palliative medicine in the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai.  Her interest is in providing early palliative care to patients throughout the continuum of their illness.