Shirley Codada, MD, FAAHPM, has been named Chief Medical Officer of Haven, North Central Florida’s legacy mission-driven provider of hospice and palliative care. With a career that includes working in hospice and palliative care and supportive medicine—as well as academic experience in medicine and oncologic sciences—Dr. Codada brings years of relevant experience to Haven.

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Codada serves as a member of senior leadership and oversees Haven’s team of skilled providers across its 18-county service area.

“Being headquartered in the home of the University of Florida, it’s a genuine honor for Haven to welcome a UF alumna as our new Chief Medical Officer,” noted Haven President and Chief Operating Officer Pauline Taylor, RN, MHA. “Our patient care teams will enjoy the opportunity to work and learn from her and I know the physicians, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities with which we work across all of North Central Florida will benefit from collaborating with her.”

Dr. Codada came to Haven from VITAS Healthcare, where she served as Regional Medical Director for a number of hospice programs across North Florida and Georgia.

“My commitment is to work tirelessly to help disseminate knowledge of hospice and palliative care—whether to medical students, fellow physicians and nurses, or patients and families,” Dr. Codada stated. “By doing so, I know I help ensure patients have access to early palliative and and hospice care, ensuring greater comfort, dignity and support for patients and family alike.”

Earlier in her career, Dr. Codada held positions as the Medical Director of the Palliative Care Program at Naples Community Hospital in Naples, FL; Assistant Member of the Supportive Medicine Department at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL; and Associate Medical Director of the Barbara Ziegler Palliative Care Program and Gold Coast Hospice for the North Broward Hospital District in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Codada received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, and did her residency in internal medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. For her Bachelor of Science at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL, she majored in biology and minored in chemistry and graduated magna cum laude. She obtained her Associate in Arts degree from Miami-Dade College in Miami, FL, where she also graduated magna cum laude. Dr. Codada is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is licensed to practice medicine in Florida and Georgia.