The mission of the UNC Palliative Care Program is to promote palliative care clinical services, research and education to improve care and outcomes for persons with serious illness and their families. The UNC Palliative Care Program was founded in 2001 and was expanded to include the Children’s Supportive Care Team in 2012. Members of the Program work at the University of North Carolina, UNC Hospitals and the UNC Health System.
The Program welcomes health care professionals, researchers and staff who work collaboratively on activities in support of our mission. Core clinical activities include hospital-based consultation for adults and children with serious illness, palliative care services in oncology and general medicine clinics, and home-based palliative care. In addition, 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 including palliative care for persons with cystic fibrosis, cancer, dementia and other serious illnesses.