Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Current Fellows

Daniel Boron-Brenner, DO

Bio: Dan comes from Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he recently completed a residency in emergency medicine. Originally from Bethesda, MD, he has been in Philadelphia for the last four years but lived in Detroit, New York City, and rural Missouri before making the City of Brotherly Love his home. Before studying medicine, he majored in American history and worked as an EMT in the South Bronx. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and son. 

Clinical Interests: Following the initial waves of the COVID pandemic, Dan became aware of the need for palliative training to be enmeshed with the critical care and resuscitation skills already steeped in emergency education. He is interested in the intersection between end-of-life care and frontline medical education and understands that both skill sets reinforce, and deepen, an understanding of the other. He hopes to educate future generations of medical learners through a combination of mentoring, teaching, and simulation-based education.

Personal Interests:  Dan is an amateur fly fisherman, bartender, and (former) boxer. An aficionado of early 2000's HBO shows and science fiction, he can often be found trying new Philadelphia restaurants or puzzling through the ruminations of his infant son.

Michael Danielewicz, MD

Bio: Michael is a current Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellow.  He moved to Philadelphia four years ago after being a lifelong Rhode Islander, having done both undergraduate and medical school at Brown University. He completed his Family Medicine residency at Jefferson, with a scholarly concentration in LGBTQ+ health. Michael subsequently completed a Geriatric Medicine fellowship at Jefferson, where he continued to advocate for equitable care for LGBTQ+ older adults.  He lives in Queen Village with his partner.

Clinical Interests: LGBTQ+ health, health policy and equity, medical education and curricular development. 

Personal Interests: sailing, kayaking, swimming, and attempting to train his dog.

Dayna Hovern, MD

Bio: Dayna is a current hospice and palliative care fellow. She is originally from South Jersey and attending Muhelberg College prior to Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. She completed her Internal Medicine training at Lankenau Medical Center and spent a short amount of time working as a nocturnist prior to joining the Jefferson Palliative Care/Hospice Team.     

Clinical Interests: Dayna's clinical interest include palliative care for patient's with chronic conditions and communication skills training for students and providers. 

Personal Interests: Dayna is an avid hiker, kayaker, and bird watcher. She is a self taught ukelele player. In her free time, she can be found outdoors enjoying nature with her husband, Evan, and their rescue dog, Huckleberry.