Dr. Ileana Leyva is the Regional Medical Director and top oncology expert for the VITAS Healthcare hospice program in South Florida. In addition, she educates healthcare clinicians and business leaders on the value of palliative and end-of-life care. Board-certified in hospice and palliative medicine, Dr. Leyva was previously medical director for Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital’s Palliative Medicine Program in Winfield, Illinois. She also worked for Mount Sinai Hospital and Criticare System. Dr. Leyva earned her medical degree from Central Eastern University in the Dominican Republic and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Miami. She completed a residency at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). On the faculty at the University of Miami Hospital, Dr. Leyva trains medical students, residents, and fellows in hospice and palliative medicine.