Matt Loscalzo

Matthew J. Loscalzo, L.C.S.W.

  • Liliane Elkins Professor of Supportive Care Programs
  • Administrative Director Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center
  • Professor, Division Population Sciences
  • Executive Director, Department of Supportive Care Medicine

Matthew J. Loscalzo, L.C.S.W.

“We're there 24/7. Whenever someone calls us, there's a warm voice on the other end of that line.”

Few people exemplify the human side of cancer care better than Matthew Loscalzo.

For more than three decades he has worked tirelessly to change the culture of treatment beyond simply curing disease. He is both pioneer and innovator, seeing to the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social needs of patients, their loved ones and their caregivers.

He has brought this philosophy of compassionate expertise to every institution he has served. At New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Loscalzo specialized in the psychological management of pain, mentoring  physicians, psychologists, social workers, health educators and others. At Johns Hopkins University he created the school's first cross-discipline postgraduate institute focused on supportive care and the country's first supportive care screening program.

At City of Hope since 2007, Loscalzo has built a world-class Supportive Care team that puts all of our resources at every patient's disposal, from pain and palliative care, to psychiatry and psychology, social work; spiritual care, family and community education, child life, and much more. To help make it all work, he and his team designed the unique SupportScreen touchscreen program for patients and their families.

Professor Loscalzo has won a long list of awards and is a sought-after speaker and writer. He authored many peer reviewed articles and the popular book, "For The Women We Love: A Breast Cancer Action Plan and Caregiver's Guide For Men.”

  • 2009-Present: Liliane Elkins Professor in Supportive Care Programs, endowed professorship by the City of Hope
  • 2007-Present: City of Hope, Professor Population Sciences, Executive Director Department of Supportive Care Medicine. Administrative Director Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center
  • 2004-2007: Moores UCSD Cancer Center, Co-Director Palliative Care Service
  • 2002-2004: Associate Dean, Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • 2000-2002: Chair, Diversity Action Council, The Johns Hopkins Oncology Center
  • 2000-Present: Scientific Advisory Board, American Pain Foundation
  • 2000-Present: A.C.S., Behavioral Research Center, External Advisory Committee (Member and Chair)
  • 1999-2001: American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Conference Planning Committee
  • 1998-2002: The Johns Hopkins University-Division of Education & Continuing Studies, Faculty Associate
  • 1997-2002: The Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, Director of Patient & Family Services
  • 1997-2002: The Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, Co-Director of the Center for Cancer Pain Research
  • 1996-1997: Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Science (Approaching Death-Care at the End of Life) Committee member
  • 1995-1996: Association of Oncology Social Work, President
  • B.A., Psychology, Bernard M. Baruch College, 1978
  • M.S.W, Social Work, New York University, 1981
  • 1993 - Certificate of Appreciation, American Cancer Society, NYC Division
  • 1993 - Excellence in Clinical Care and Social Work Education Award, Association of Oncology Social Work
  • 1995 - Jennifer L. Brager Award for the Development of New Cancer Research, Identifying Cancer Patients at High-Risk of Significant Cancer Pain. The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
  • 1997 - Leadership in Oncology Social Work Award, Association of Oncology Social Work
  • 2001 - Sarnat Humanitarian Award for Work in Palliative Care and Pain Management
  • 2002 - Distinguished Faculty Leadership Award. The Center for Cancer Pain Research. The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer at Johns Hopkins.
  • 2002 - Trish Greene Quality of Life Award, National Office of the American Cancer Society
  • 2008 - Awarded Honorary PhD from the Dokkyo Medicine University
  • 2008 - The Shirley Otis Greene Award of Excellence in Pain Management and Palliative Care for Social Workers, City of Hope
  • 2010 - Outstanding Education and Training Award Recipient, APOS
  • 2014 - Noemi Fisman Award for Lifetime Clinical Excellence from IPOS
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