Clinical Team

To learn more about our team members, visit their profiles below:



Rodney O. Tucker, MD, MMM
Associate Professor
 Director UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care

Chief Experience Officer - UAB Medicine


Jackie Westbrook, RN, MSN, CHPN

Nurse Manager, UAB Palliative and Comfort Care Unit

Collaborating Physicians  


Cindy Baker, MD

Assist. Prof., Med. Dir., Alacare Hospice


Michael Barnett MD

Assistant Professor

Donna Bearden, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor


Kellie Flood, MD

Associate Professor




Heather L. Herrington, MD

Associate Professor

John Holcombe, MD

Assistant Professor



Laurel Kilpatrick, MD

Assistant Professor


Eddie Mathews, MD

UAB Hospitalist/Assistant Professor

Jason McKeown, MD

Assistant Professor, Anesthesia

Jessica S. Merlin, MD, MBA

Assistant Professor


Ashley Nichols, MD

            Assistant Professor             
Medical Dir. UAB Palliative and Comfort Care Unit



Interdisciplinary Team Members

Amanda Baker, CRNP

Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner

Stephen Howell, DNP, ANP-BC, ACHPN
Lead Nurse Practitioner

Lynn Gray

Care Manager Palliative Care

Kay Knowlton, PhD


Marcia Lowe

Hospital Unit Educator


Becky Miller, PharmD



Jackie Palmore, RN, BSN, CHPN
Palliative Care Care Coordinator

Diane C. Tucker, PhD



Melvin R. Rodgers, II, DMin, BCC, AAPC                Pastoral Care Liaison