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Graduate Medical Education


John Interrante, MD
Program Director

  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine
  • Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Dr. Interrante is a graduate of Penn State University undergraduate and Temple University School of Medicine. As a Graduated Fellow of the HPM Fellowship program he continues to enjoy his work at St. Luke’s practicing in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Outside of work he enjoys various outdoor activities as well as a love of music and the occasional board game.

Christopher M. Smith, MD
Associate Program Director

  • Board Certified in Emergency Medicine
  • Board Eligible Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Dr. Christopher M. Smith is a graduate of Drexel University [BS in Mathematics] and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University [Doctor of Medicine]. He provides palliative coverage to our Monroe campus. Outside of work you can find our friend either adventuring with his family, swinging the sticks [Golf], launching arrows [Archery], shredding the six-string [Guitar], or capturing the beauty in nature [iPhone photography].

Ric A. Baxter, MD, FAAHPM
Hospice Medical Director

  • Board Certified in Family Medicine
  • Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Danielle Moriarty, CRNP
Education Coordinator

  • CRNP in Family Medicine

Danielle Moriarty is a graduate of Chamberlain University College of Nursing. Her background includes medical surgical and oncology nursing. Professionally, she enjoys education and integration of complementary therapies into hospice care. Outside of work, Danielle enjoys spending time with her son and traveling.

Erin Bendas, DO

  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine
  • Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Dr. Erin Bendas is a graduate of The Kansas City School of Medicine and Biosciences where she received both her Master's degree in Bioethics along side her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine. Her professional interests include education, medical ethics, and integration of palliative medicine with other specialties. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, being outdoors, crafting and cheering on her favorite football and baseball teams.

Jennifer P. Bloch, MSN, CRNP, ACHPN
Palliative & Supportive Care
HPM Advanced Practitioner Fellowship Program Director

Ms. Bloch is board certified as a nurse practitioner in Adult/Gerontology.

  • Nursing School: Northampton Area Community College
  • Graduate School: Wilkes University
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification: HPNA

Special Interests: Special interests include mentoring and educating future nurses and CRNP/PA-C’s. While not at work she enjoys gardening, traveling, hiking and most importantly spending time with her family.

Monica Johnson, MSW
Monica Johnson, MSW
Social Worker

Monica Johnson is a graduate from the University of Minnesota undergraduate and University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice . Her background includes working with children and youth, alternative schools, psychiatric hospitals, family homeless shelter, and St. Luke’s for the previous 7 years. Outside of St. Luke’s she enjoys many outdoor activities with her husband and two children.

Linda Goldenberg, DO

  • Board Certified in Emergency Medicine
  • Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative

Dr. Goldenberg is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She now practices full time at Upper Bucks Campus and continues to stay on as part of the core faculty with the St. Luke's Palliative Medicine after completing her Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship training. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, lots of travel during non-pandemic times, and playing with her dog Abby.

Michael Pipestone MD

  • Board Certified in Family Medicine
  • Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Dr. Michael Pipestone comes from the Twin Cities of Minnesota, where he completed medical school, Family Medicine residency, and his Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship. His professional interests include social justice; palliative care and secular ethics; clinical teaching and training; and narrative medicine.