INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – David M. Mandelbaum, MD, and Lynn Marie Robbin, MSN, have been appointed medical director and director, respectively, for Palliative Care Services at Franciscan St. Francis Health.
They lead a team of providers whose interdisciplinary care relieves suffering and improves quality of life for patients and their families. Palliative medicine assists patients who are experiencing serious, often life-limiting illnesses, while providing support for their loved ones.
Long associated with Franciscan St. Francis, Dr. Mandelbaum also serves as medical co-director for Franciscan VNS Hospice, director of the Office of Medical Staff Engagement, and as the physician leader of the hospital’s transition to an electronic medical records system.
A native of New York City, he has served as President and Vice President of the Franciscan St. Francis Health Medical Staff and chaired the Department of Surgery. He was a practicing general surgeon with Franciscan Physician Network Indy Southside Surgical from 1986 to 2009.
Dr. Mandelbaum received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Indiana University, where he later earned his medical degree. He completed an internship, residency and fellowship in surgery at The Ohio State University Hospitals.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, the American College of Physician Executives, American Medical Association, Indiana State Medical Association and Indianapolis Medical Society.
A nurse practitioner, Robbin, who has been affiliated with Franciscan St. Francis since 2007, was manager of the Palliative Care Department where she was responsible for the inpatient acute care unit and daily operations. She also has served in nursing leadership and related clinical and research roles with Central Indiana Cancer Centers, Indianapolis-area hospitals and Riverview Hospital.
A New Palestine resident, Robbin received an undergraduate degree in education from Indiana University.
She held various elementary teaching positions before receiving an associate of science in nursing from IU, where she graduated with honors. In 2005, Robbin earned a master of science in nursing from IU.
Robbin is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (honor society of nursing), Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses of Indiana, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.