Stephen Bernard, M.D., FACP

The core members of the clinical team have professional training and certification in palliative medicine and palliative care nursing. Members of the core team are based in the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care System. Palliative care encompasses humanistic and scientific contributions from many perspectives; we rely on effective collaborations with community partners, faculty from other Schools at the University of North Carolina, and input from faculty outside of UNC.


Stephen Bernard, M.D., FACP, is a Professor of Medicine. He is the Co-Director of the Palliative Care Program and the Physician in Charge of the Supportive Care Consultation Service and Clinic at the University of North Carolina Hospitals and Medical School.

Dr. Bernard’s clinical research interests are in the clinical pharmacology of cancer therapies, anti-nausea drugs, and pain medications; clinical trials in gastrointestinal cancer; and palliative care. He received a University Cancer Research Fund grant to develop a Supportive Care Clinic in the Outpatient Oncology Clinics at UNC Hospital.

Dr. Bernard earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. He received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina in 1973. He completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Univ) in New York City and a fellowship in hematology-oncology at Washington University( Barnes Hospital) at St. Louis in Missouri. He has also completed a sabbatical in Palliative Care with Dr. Eduardo Bruera at the Grey Nuns Hospital (University of Alberta) in Edmonton, Alberta.