Mary Busowski, MD, FACP, is a board-certified physician with the Supportive & Palliative Care Program at the Orlando Health Cancer Institute. She provides specialized medical care focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of living with a serious illness.
Palliative Medicine: An Extra Level of Care
Supportive and palliative care can be provided side by side with ongoing medical treatments at any stage or phase of serious illness. Supportive care addresses physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual needs to help you cope, and connects you with community resources that can ease the burden on you and your family. This extra level of specialized care provides patients and families with care focused on assuring the best quality of life possible.
As a member of your care team, Dr. Busowski works with members of the oncology team; physicians, nurse navigator and other specially trained medical professionals to deliver specialized healthcare focused on:
- Managing your symptoms related to your underlying illness or treatment
- Addressing your worries, concerns, spiritual struggles and the challenges of living with a serious illness, whether they are the result of your underlying disease or related to your treatment
- Filling out your advanced directives that document your preferences for care as your illness progresses
- Initiating conversations about what’s happening with your disease and what comes next
Dr. Busowski’s Training
Dr. Busowski attended Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, where she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing, graduating magna cum laude. She went on to earn her medical degree at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, graduating cum laude, and completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the university-affiliated Palmetto-Richland Memorial Hospital. She completed her postdoctoral training at Orlando Health with a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Infectious Diseases.
About Dr. Busowski
Dr. Busowski is a diplomat to the American Board of Internal Medicine with board certification in internal medicine and holds sub-specialty certification in hospice and palliative medicine, and infectious disease. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
She is an assistant professor of medicine at The Florida State University, School of Medicine. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and she is a frequent invited lecturer.