June 19, 2019 — Marie-Carmelle Elie, M.D., a UF Health physician since 2010 and triple board-certified in hospice and palliative care, emergency medicine and critical care, was recently appointed chief medical officer for Haven, formerly Haven Hospice and the Haven Medical Group. Elie is an associate professor with dual appointments in the department of emergency medicine and the department of medicine’s division of palliative care at the UF College of Medicine
In 2012, soon after beginning her academic practice at UF Health, Elie, along with three physicians and a palliative nurse practitioner, helped initiate the first palliative care consultation service at UF Health. Palliative care has matured into a full division of the department of medicine, led by Sheri Kittelson, M.D., with multidisciplinary providers delivering inpatient and outpatient care, education and research.
Prior to joining UF Health, Elie held an appointment at the Rutgers University-New Jersey Medical School in 2004, where she helped establish a palliative care service for medically critically ill patients. After graduating from Columbia University, Elie received her medical degree with distinction in research from the State University of New York Downstate Medical School in Brooklyn. She then completed a residency in emergency medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. Elie was one of the first emergency medicine physicians in the nation to complete a critical care/trauma fellowship at the University of Maryland’s R Adam Cowley Shock Trauma Center. She is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Critical Care Medicine.
Elie is a funded principal investigator and collaborator in clinical trials in palliative and critical care with the aim of improving the quality of life of patients with chronic and serious illness; and to enhance the lives of the caregivers of those who are at the end of life. Elie’s research and clinical expertise also includes the early recognition of life-threatening illness using novel strategies and biomarkers as well as the prevention of adverse outcomes of critical illness.
“I am honored to join a community of both passionate and compassionate expert providers, staff and leadership in this new role,” Elie said on her Haven appointment. “This position offers an opportunity for synergy of education and research as an academician at the University of Florida — providing high-quality medical care at Haven, with the mission of advancing the care and support of chronically and seriously ill patients in North Central Florida.”
In her new role, Elie will supervise Haven health care providers at each of its five care centers in 18 Florida counties. She will split her time evenly between her roles at UF Health and Haven.
Dr. Elie, her husband, Newton, and three boys take great pride in being residents of the Gainesville community for almost 10 years.