Ahashta Johnson, MD - Department Chair
Dr. Johnson completed her undergraduate training at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA with a BA in Anthropology: Human Biology Track in 2001. She obtained her Medical Doctorate from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia PA (now Sidney Kimmel Medical College) in 2005. Dr. Johnson completed an Internal Medicine - Pediatrics residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA in 2009, serving as Chief Resident during her fourth year. She continued her training at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, completing a Palliative Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Johnson is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine.
In 2010, she joined the medical staff of Montgomery Hospital to serve as Hospice Medical Director for Montgomery Hospice and lead the Palliative Care Department. In 2012, Dr. Johnson continued on staff with the opening of Einstein Medical Center Montgomery.
While at Montgomery Hospital/EMCM, Dr. Johnson continues to serve as Ethics Committee Chairperson and on various other committees. Outside of the Einstein Network, Dr. Johnson has been a member of both the PA Medical Society & Montgomery County Medical Society, participating in the organized medicine realm, including the annual House of Delegates Meetings over the past several years. She was recently elected as the Montgomery County Representative for the Women Physicians Section of PA Medical Society.
Special interests include compassionate yet effective communication, leadership education, and narrative medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to podcasts & audiobooks, gardening, cooking, and running with her dog.
Dr. Johnson is a native Philadelphian who still resides in Philadelphia with her husband and two children.
Eric Goodlev, MD – Program Director
Eric Goodlev, MD is the Program Director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, as well as an associate hospice medical director at Einstein Montgomery Hospice. A graduate of Brandeis University, where he studied social determinants of health and the basics of medical sociology and anthropology, he has long been an advocate for a biopsychosocial and spiritual model in medicine. Dr. Goodlev received his MD from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and subsequently trained in Internal Medicine at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Campus.
Following residency, Dr. Goodlev initially pursued a career in academic hospital medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where his academic focus was on safe care transitions, population health, and teaching quality improvement. In this practice, he found profound meaning and purpose in the care of the most seriously ill patients and their families, leading him to his ultimate calling in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He and his wife made the move to Philadelphia where he pursued fellowship training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He practiced palliative care across all care settings (inpatient, outpatient, and in the hospice setting) and have found the ability to partner with patients and families longitudinally to be among the most fulfilling aspects of my clinical practice. In this spirit, he was thrilled to join the Einstein Montgomery Palliative Care family in 2019 given our group's focus on care continuity. Dr. Goodlev was honored to lead a fellowship program uniquely focused on the intersection of palliative care and population health outreach and community-based palliative care integration. His hope is to empower the future leaders in our field as we work towards the vision of universal access to early palliative care for all patients with serious illness, independent of their site of care.
Outside of Einstein, he is an active member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, where he serves on the Quality Committee and the Editorial Board for AAHPM Quarterly. He is the chair-elect of the education Special Interest Group for 2022-2023. His research interests are in proving the value proposition in community-based palliative care and further refining definitions of the "serious illness denominator." He is passionate about primary palliative care education and empowering all trainees to embrace difficult conversations. Most importantly, he is blessed with a wonderful wife, who serves as Jewish clergy, as well as three vibrant and adorable sons ages 3 and under. Dr. Goodlev fills his spare time with exercising with Peloton, vegetable gardening, and cooking.
Elizabeth Chang, LCSW
Liz Chang is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Liz has been working in hospice and palliative care since 2011 including work with Heartland Hospice, the VNA of Greater Philadelphia, and Penn Medicine at Home. Her interest lies heavily in supporting underserved individuals in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Liz received her clinical licensure in 2020. She provides psychosocial support to patients and families, primarily in the home setting. This may include, but is not limited to, assisting with community resources, advance care planning, and counseling. Liz also offers individual psychotherapy for palliative patients as they navigate serious illness, difficult symptoms, and complex medical needs. Her focus is on meeting patients where they are on their journey. Outside of work, Liz enjoys spending time with her husband, 2-year-old son, and their pug.
Jennifer Forik is a certified registered nurse practitioner who has been with Einstein Medical Center Montgomery since 2014. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at La Salle University in 2007. Her nursing career was spent in the medical intensive care unit at Abington Jefferson Hospital. During her time in the ICU, Jennifer had the opportunity to work intimately along with the palliative care team, which began to spark her interest in the field. Jennifer then went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing at La Salle University in 2012 and became an adult nurse practitioner. As a new NP, Jennifer briefly worked for a nephrology team, however, she missed caring for critically ill patients in the inpatient setting. This led to her current position as the inpatient palliative care nurse practitioner at EMCM. Her enthusiasm for palliative care has only grown since the inception of her career. Jennifer prides herself in advocating for patients, providing expert symptom management, and guiding them through complex medical decision-making discussions. Most recently she completed her Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner post master's certification from the University of Pennsylvania.
On a personal level, Jennifer is a wife and mother of two. She is also a CrossFit Level 1 certified instructor and has a passion for combating chronic disease through fitness and nutrition.
Christine Coletta Hansen ANP-BC, ACHPN
Christine Coletta Hansen ANP-BC, ACHPN has been a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner for 16 years. She is certified in Adult and Palliative Medicine and has been at EMCM for the past 10 years in the capacity of the outpatient Palliative Care provider providing expert symptom management, patient centric goal directed care, and assisting with Advance Care Planning for patients in their homes as well as ALF, STR, and SNF settings. Chris has presented locally, regionally, and nationally on topics such as acute and chronic pain management, how to have goals of care directed discussions with our patients, treatment of uncontrolled nausea, dyspnea and anxiety, and associated topics related to Hospice and Palliative Care. She has also co-authored textbook chapter revisions for the Palliative Care chapter in "Advanced Practice Nursing for Older Adults". In her past life Chris was a Regional Director of a Tri-State Hospice and, also started a Supportive Care of the Dying Program for St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne PA and Grandview Hospital in Sellersville PA. Chris has 2 teenage sons who make her proud every day.
Samantha Tramontina RN
Samantha Tramontina RN has been a registered nurse for 10 years. She studied her undergrad at both Drexel University and Temple University in Philadelphia and graduated with a BA in Women's Studies. Sam then went back to school at Community College of Philadelphia and earned her Associates Degree in Nursing. Her first job was as a medicine/ wound care nurse at St. Joseph's Villa in Flourtown. Very soon after Sam discovered her love of end of life care and took a job with Heartland Hospice where she worked as admission nurse and case manager for three years. In July of 2015 Sam came to work with the hospice team at Einstein Montgomery as on-call nurse and eventually transitioned to inpatient hospice nurse serving the hospice patients at Einstein Montgomery Hospital. In January of this year Sam transitioned to the home-bound Palliative Care team. She continues to work on earning her BSN and will be sitting for the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Certification exam shortly. Sam grew up in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia and remains closely knit with her family and friends there. She currently resides in Wyndmoor and enjoys volunteering at a local food pantry with her mother and sister.