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Natalie Schnaitmann

Natalie Schnaitmann, L.C.S.W.

Director of Operations, Department of Supportive Care Medicine; Director, Patient Special Services
Natalie Schnaitmann began her career in oncology nearly 20 years ago, as a licensed clinical social worker in New York City. As an oncology social worker in local hospitals, and at the national organizations of CancerCare and Gilda’s Club, she offered counseling and developed programs to support oncology patients and families at every stage of illness and bereavement. In a collaboration between CancerCare, NASW, and APOS, Schnaitmann helped develop an accredited course and trained mental health professionals across the country in clinical issues in oncology social work.

Schnaitmann moved to California in 2005 to take on a leadership role at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, where she was instrumental in the development of a supportive care program recognized as a model by the Institute of Medicine. At UCSD, Schnaitmann was co-chair of both the Cancer Center’s Service Excellence Committee and the Patient and Family Advisory Council, and held leadership positions on the Strategic Planning Committee, Patient Satisfaction and the Cancer Center’s Advisory Board.

Schnaitmann was recruited to City of Hope in 2007. As director of operations in the Department of Supportive Care Medicine, she is a leader in the development and integration of a large interdisciplinary department, and a number of innovative programs that have been recognized as models for the country. Schnaitmann designed and opened a patient and family-focused resource center that quickly became the heart and soul of City of Hope, and is the administrative director over the department’s clinical areas of Pain & Palliative Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychology and Spiritual Care.
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City of Hopes Natalie Schnaitmann talks about holiday stress for cancer patients and survivors