Calvary Appoints New Medical Director at Brooklyn Satellite
Calvary Appoints New Medical Director at Brooklyn Satellite


BRONX, NY, May 2010 – Calvary today announced that Dr. Irina Makarevich has become Medical Director of its 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite located on the 3rd floor of Lutheran Medical Center. In her new role, Dr. Makarevich is responsible for the medical care of all Calvary patients, day-to-day administration, and coordinates the schedules of four full-time night and three per diem doctors for the Satellite. This can only be accomplished with the partnership of an outstanding administrative nursing department. Dr. Makarevich takes over from long-time Calvary physician, Dr. Anthony Riario, who has retired. 

            Calvary’s mission is to care for the most vulnerable of all patients – those with advanced cancer. Experienced physicians like Dr. Makarevich are the key to Calvary’s international reputation as a palliative care leader,” said Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director. “We are confident that Dr. Makarevich will help our Brooklyn satellite continue to thrive and serve the multi-ethnic Brooklyn community. In great measure, this has been realized with the cooperation and expertise of the leadership of Lutheran Medical Center and its entire staff.”

When Calvary opened its Brooklyn Satellite in 2001, it became the first “hospital within a hospital” in New York State. To date, Calvary has cared for more than 3,270 patients and their families at the Satellite. Staffed entirely by Calvary employees, patients at our Brooklyn satellite receive the same hallmark care as those at the Bronx facility.

            Dr. Makarevich’s career with Calvary began in 2001, after she completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Lutheran Medical Center. Since then, Dr. Makarevich has cared for Calvary patients and families as a per diem physician, full-time night physician, and as a full-time day physician. Previously, she worked at the Augustana Lutheran nursing home, as an Emergency Room Physician at Lutheran Medical Center, and in her own private practice in Internal Medicine.  

            Dr. Makarevich is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine (2001) and Hospice & Palliative Care (2008, the first time it was offered in the U.S.). She is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care. 

            A native of the Ukraine, Dr. Makarevich obtained her medical degree from the St. Petersburg’s Medical Academy named after I.P. Pavlov in Russia. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1994. Dr. Makarevich is fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English. She resides in Manhattan with her daughter.

Calvary Hospital ( is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients. A 225-bed facility with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Calvary is the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century. More than 5,500 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services.


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