Mary Ellen Tresgallo, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC

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Bioethics, Mediation, Chronic and Advanced Illness, Palliative Care Across the Lifespan, Pediatric Pain and Symptom Management and Pallative Care, Pediatrics Bioethics

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing at CUMC


  • Spanish


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • DNP, Columbia University
  • MPH, Columbia University School of Public Health
  • MS, Columbia University School of Nursing

Committees, Societies, Councils

  • 2015 - Present : Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association
  • 2012 - Present Faculty: Program for Women and Children's Bioethics, Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 2011 - Present Co- Vice Chariperson: Pediatric Ethics Committee, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NY
  • 2008 - Present Interviewer/Member: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences Medical School for International Health in Collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center Admissions Committee
  • 2008 - Present Ethics Consultant (Team Leader): Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NY

Professional Memberships

  • 2014 Basic Mediation Training, Community Mediations Training Institute, Queens, NY
  • 2013 Bioethics Mediation Training, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York, New York-Presbyterian
  • 2011 Basic Skills Mediation Training Clinic, Columbia University Law School
  • 2008 Certificate Program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities. Cordoza Law School at Yeshiva University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, New York, New York
  • 2004 - 2011 Pediatric Palliative Care Initiative (IPPC), Faculty Leader

Honors & Awards

  • 2009 Outstanding Attending Nurse Practitioner Award, Columbia University School of Nursing
  • 2005 Recipient of an Arnold Gold Foundation Award for funding of “Pediatric Pain Management Education Initiative" Management Education Initiative”
  • 2004 Service Excellence Award, Pediatric Anesthesiology


Selected Publications

  • Intravenous Patient - Controlled Analgesia. Mary E. Tresgallo, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC in Handbook of Pediatric Anesthesia. (1st ed.) Phillip J. Houck, MD, Manon Hache, MD, Lena S. Sun, MD (Editors). Chapter 89. McGraw Hill Education, October 2014, 298-302
  • Post-operative Pain Management in Sickle Cell Disease for Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy. Mary E. Tresgallo, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC in Handbook of Pediatric Anesthesia. (1st ed.) Phillip J. Houck, MD, Manon Hache, MD, Lena S. Sun, MD (Editors). Chapter 88. McGraw Hill Education, October 2014, 295-297
  • Katherine L. Ender, MD, MS, Jennifer A. Freed, MD, John Babineau, MD, Mary Tresgallo, DNP, MPH, William Schechter, MD, John M. Saroyan, MD, Anupam Kharbanda, MD, MS. (2014). Use of a clinical pathway to improve the acute management of vaso-occulsive pain in pediatric sickle cell disease. Pediatric Blood & Cancer. 61: 693-696
  • Khan N; Sullivan M, Vitale M, Tresgallo ME, Saroyan JM. (2013). Undetected Ultracet™ dependence in an adolescent with nonmalignant back pain. Journal of Opioid Management. 9(3):225-30.
  • LM Volz, MD; ME Tresgallo, MS, MPH, DNP; M Carley, MD; GE Hardart, MD, MPH; LJ Addonizio, MD and WS Schechter, MS, MD. The ethical considerations of Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) as destination therapy in a child diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Presented at the Society of Pediatric Anesthesiology Meeting, March 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Bryne M, Tresgallo M, Saroyan J, Granowetter L, Valoy G, Schechter W. (2010). Qualitative Analysis of Consults by a Pediatric Advanced Care Team During its First Year of Service. Am J Hosp Palliative Care. March 2011; 28 (2):109-117
  • Saroyan JM, Schechter WS, Tresgallo ME, Pica AG, Erlich MD, Sun L, Graham MJ. (2010). Balancing knowledge among resident specialties: lecture-based training and the OUCH card to treat children's pain. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. March 2010:73-80
  • Saroyan J, Tresgallo ME, Farkouh C, Morel K, Schechter W. (2009)."The use of oral ketamine for analgesia with dressing change in an infant with epidermolysis bullosa: report of a case" Pediatric Dermatology. Nov-Dec; 26(6):764-6
  • The Treatment of Pain in Neonatal and Pediatric Patients. Constance Houck, MD, Joseph Tobias, MD, Mary Ellen Tresgallo, DNP MS MPH, William Schechter, MD MS in Cousins and Bridenbaugh's Neural Blockade in Clinical Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. (4th ed.). Michael J Cousins (Editor), Daniel Carr (Editor), Terese Horlocker (Editor) Chapter 47. 4th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 01/2009, 1169-1199
  • Saroyan JM, Schechter WS, Tresgallo M, Sun L, Graham MJ. (2008). Assessing resident knowledge of acute pain management in hospitalized children: a pilot study. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Dec; 6(7):628-38
  • Tresgallo ME, Richmond L, Blustein J, Dubler NN. (2008). Ethical dilemmas in pediatric discharge planning. Clinical Scholars Review. 1(1): 55-61(7)
  • Saroyan JM, Schechter WS, Tresgallo ME, Sun LS, Naqvi Z, Graham MJ. (2008). Assessing resident knowledge of pediatric pain management. J Pain Symptom Manage. Apr 7