Center Scholars


The Center for Palliative and Supportive Care's (CPSC) mission is to provide compassionate clinical care to those in need, train talented medical professionals in palliative and supportive care, and support research with the focus of how to best care for patients with life-threatening illness.

The  Research Scholars program is central to the CPSC's mission. The CPSC's core values are to serve with integrity and compassion, innovating in learning and research, leading through advocacy and influence, caring through collaboration and interdependence, and sustaining through community and collegiality.

For more information please call 205.934.7914


October 28, 2013: 
“Integrating Palliative Care and Oncology: The University of Wisconsin Inpatient Experience" 
Presented by Gabrielle Rocque, MD, Medical Director of the Patient Care Connect Program with the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

September 30, 2013: 
“Preliminary Results: A Theoretical Model of the Psychological Processes of Surrogate Decision-Making at Adult End-of-Life in the ICU using Cognitive Task Analysis” 
Presented by
 J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, MA, MSN, RN, Instructor, School of Nursing; Palliative Care Nurse Interventionist, NPCRC, ENABLE CHF-PC;  Project Coordinator, ACS Reducing Disparities in Palliative Care;  Doctoral Candidate

June 10, 2013:
"Comparing the Quality of end-of-life Cancer Care in the Medicare Population at Academic Medical Centers and Non-academic Medical Centers prior to and after the Enactment of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003"
Presented by René Jooste, M Pharm, CCRP,  Clinical Trial Billing Officer, UAB Office of Sponsored Programs.

May 14, 2013:   
"Discharge Hospice Referral and 30-Day All-Cause Readmission in Medicare Beneficiaries Hospitalized for Heart Failure" 
Presented by Sridivya Parvataneni, MD, Research Assistant, UAB Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging

April 15, 2013:
"Bioethical Considerations for Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) in the critically ill" 
Presented by David H. James RN, DNP, CCRN, CCNS, UAB Center for Nursing Excellence

March 28, 2013:  co-sponsored event by The Palliative Care Center Scholars and the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE) 
“HIV and Chronic Pain Research”
Presented by Jessica S. Merlin, MD, MBA, PCOR K12 Scholar and Assistant Professor Division of Infectious Diseases

January 14, 2013: 
“Work in Progress
(in palliative care in oncology)”
Presented by Kerri Bevis MD, Assistant Professor Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

December 10, 2012:
“CanCORS Dataset” 
Presented by Mona Fouad, MD, Professor, Division Director Preventive Medicine.  CanCORS is one of the largest longitudinal cancer outcome trials undertaken.

November 13, 2012: 
“Hospice Emergency Kits in End-of-Life Care for Veterans in Home Settings”
Presented by Amos Bailey, MD,
Professor and Director of Palliative Care Services - Birmingham VA Medical Center and Kathryn Burgio, PhD, Professor, Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care