Susan B. Gerbino

Clinical Professor; Director, Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care
PhD, MSW; Certificate in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities
(212) 998-5917; (914) 323-6201

Areas of Expertise

Palliative and end-of-life care; bereavement; bioethics; mentorship in social work; relational pedagogy; narrative medicine


Susan Gerbino is a Clinical Professor at NYU Silver and is the Director of the School’s Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care, which encompasses a range of initiatives designed to develop and mentor PELC social work leaders at all stages of their careers in the areas of clinical practice, education, research, publication, and administration. Dr. Gerbino teaches in the MSW program as well as in the Zelda Foster Studies Program. She has a private practice specializing in work with people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses and complicated bereavement.

Dr. Gerbino received the Career Achievement Award (2014) from the Project on Death in America and the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network, the Distinguished Teaching Award (2014) from the NYU Silver School of Social Work, and the Quality of Life Award (2015) from the American Cancer Society and the Association of Oncology Social Work. 

She earned her PhD from NYU Silver, her MSW from Fordham University, and her BA from St Francis College.