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Palliative Care & Hospice

Palliative care is best care for people facing a serious illness – clarifying treatment options, improving symptoms, and enhancing support. Palliative care clinicians can improve the experience of seriously ill patients of any age at any time in the illness course. When patients near the end of life, hospice teams provide unique support, helping patients and families find comfort and dignity in the final phase of illness. Palliative care helps people with serious illness live as well as possible for as long as possible.

Every day, we focus on improving quality of life for people with serious illness and their families. Want to learn more?


At UNC, our Hospice & Palliative Medicine physicians, advance practice providers, social workers, pharmacists, and other team members are leading the way in expert clinical care, education, research, outreach and innovation.

Our Work

The Palliative Care & Hospice Program is the primary academic home for physicians trained and certified in Hospice & Palliative Medicine. Our medical faculty provide excellence clinical care with interdisciplinary teams in the UNC Medical Center Palliative Care and Hospice clinical services. We lead medical education and training in Hospice & Palliative Medicine, innovate in clinical service delivery, and conduct transformative research in serious illness care.

Training Research Patient Care

Diversity & Inclusion

Our Palliative Care & Hospice Program promotes a culture of diversity and inclusion. We are jointly responsible for ensuring that everyone feels valued and that they belong. We also believe that truly diverse teams can do seemingly impossible things, guided by values of integrity, respect, trust, and compassion for each other.

Diversity & Inclusion

Support Our Mission

We bring the latest research into healthcare practice and education, continuously improving the care of people facing serious illness. Your donations can fund our work and help patients and families. Consider making a gift in support of research…today’s research becomes tomorrow’s best care.

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We deeply appreciate your support towards achieving our missions.