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Welcome to UNC Palliative Care

“In the UNC Palliative Care Program, our faculty and staff come to work every day focused on improving quality of life for people living with serious illness and their families.  To this end, we strive for excellence in clinical service, and we lead initiatives in research and education to promote better care and outcomes in the future.

You will find us working as hospital-based consultants for adults and children with serious illness, delivering palliative care services in oncology and general medicine clinics, and providing expert hospice and home-based palliative care.  We support fellowship training for physicians in Hospice & Palliative Medicine, and educational opportunities for students and trainees in medicine, advanced nursing and pharmacy.  Program faculty are engaged in diverse research projects addressing palliative care for persons with dementia, cystic fibrosis, cancer and other serious illnesses.  We are proud of the work we do, and welcome engagement and support from those who share this mission.”       – Dr. Laura C. Hanson, Director

Laura C. Hanson - Director of the UNC Palliative Care Program


Palliative Care News

  • Dr. Alyssa Tilly

    Dr. Alyssa Tilly Receives Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physicians Award

    Alyssa Tilly, MD, assistant professor in the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, and the UNC Palliative Care Program, has been named a 2022 recipient of the The Cunniff-Dixon Physicians Award.

  • Weekend Watercooler with Drs. Lowe and Hanson

    Drs. Jared Lowe and Laura Hanson from the UNC Hospice & Palliative Care Program joined host Jean Bolduc of the Weekend Watercooler for a discussion of hospice and palliative care services.  This 40-minute radio show on 97.9 FM WCHL was broadcast live on June 4th, and is available as a podcast as well.  Their conversation … Continued

  • Dr. Elisabeth P. Dellon - photo

    Drs. Dellon and Hanson to lead InSPIRe:CF study at UNC

    Integrating Specialty Palliative Care to Prepare, Improve Care, and Reduce Suffering in Cystic Fibrosis, or “InSPIRe:CF,” is a multicenter clinical trial of specialty palliative care for adults with cystic fibrosis. By embedding a palliative care specialist into the adult cystic fibrosis clinic, we hope to improve outcomes like overall quality of life, symptom burden, and … Continued

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