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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. 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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    Dr. Alyssa Tilly awarded a Collaborative Research Grant

    Alyssa Tilly, MD received a Collaborative Research Grant sponsored by the University of Toronto Department of Medicine and Division of Palliative Medicine, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and the Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative, and End-of-Life Care. This project aims to translate and validate the newly revised global version of the Quality of Dying … Continued

  • Jennifer McEntee - UNC Palliative Care Program

    Dr. Jennifer McEntee elected to Medical Staff Executive Committee

    Congratulations to Jennifer McEntee, MD for being appointed to the Medical Staff Executive Committee (MSEC) and thank you to departing member Gary Winzelberg, MD.  The MSEC consists of the officers of the Medical Staff, the Department Chairs, the Chief Nursing Officer, the Deans of the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, the President of the House … Continued

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