Dr. Mina Zeini Honored As Inspirational Leader

By  //  December 11, 2014

Medical Director AT Hospice of St. Francis

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Mina Zeini, MD, Medical Director at the Hospice of St. Francis Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center, was named an inspirational leader in hospice and palliative medicine under the age of 40 by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).

Jean S. Kutner
Jean S. Kutner

AAHPM asked its 5,000 members to nominate individuals who are the young leaders in the field.

Dr. Zeini is one of these physicians recognized by her peers for innovation in and dedication to the medical specialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and AAHPM. Award winners will be recognized at the AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly in Philadelphia, PA in February 2015.

“These individuals are enhancing care for seriously ill patients and their families through innovation, education, mentoring and clinical care,” noted Jean S. Kutner, MD MSPH FAAHPM, president of the Academy.

AAHPM-350Hospice and palliative medicine is the medical specialty that focuses on improving quality of life and relieving pain and other symptoms in seriously ill patients.

Palliative care can and should be provided to patients who continue to receive treatments to try to cure or control their disease, regardless of their prognosis.

Hospice is a specific type of palliative care for patients whose life expectancy is likely to be six months or less. Hospice and palliative care also helps patients and families understand their treatment options and make decisions about their care, and provides information on spiritual and psychosocial services, support for family and caregivers and grief counseling.

Dr. Zeini received her medical degree from the University of Florida in 2001 and completed her Family Medicine Residency serving as Chief Resident in 2004.

Dr. Mina Zeini
Dr. Mina Zeini

“This award is a highlight in my career and is a reflection of my commitment to Geriatrics and end-of-life care in particular,” stated Dr. Zeini.

“I truly feel it is an honor and privilege to assist patients and families in very difficult times. I am humbled that my colleagues chose me to receive such a prestigious award.”

Her Geriatric Fellowship training was completed at Florida Hospital where she was preceptor to Medical Students, Residents and Fellows. Her expertise earned her the position of Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Geriatrics at Florida State University. She is also a volunteer faculty at University of Central Florida College of Medicine.

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Dr. Zeini is certified in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine, Geriatrics and Family Medicine by the American Board of Medical Specialties and is a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care by the American Medical Directors Association.

She is passionate about achieving excellence in end-of-life care.

More information on this Award, including the list of the award winners, visit the Academy’s website aahpm.org.