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

  • New Kidney Palliative Care Clinic Services Patients with Late-Stage CKD

    Heather Boykin, DNP, a nurse practitioner on the inpatient palliative care consult team with years of experience in dialysis, and Emily Chang, MD, assistant professor in the division of nephrology and hypertension, have partnered to form the Kidney Palliative Care Clinic (KPCC), a unique collaboration and the first of its kind at UNC.

  • UNC Palliative Care Doctors Published in the NC Medical Journal

    Three UNC Palliative Care physicians were published in the recent special issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal focused on serious illness care in North Carolina. Drs. Kyle Lavin and Paul Zimmerman: Sidebar: Using Patient-Reported Outcomes to Facilitate High-Quality Virtual Care for the Seriously Ill   Dr. Gary Winzelberg and Brian Wood: Expanding and Enhancing … Continued

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