Our CPSC Team

The UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care utilizes a team approach, blending the best of medicine, nursing, psychology, pastoral care, nutrition and complementary therapies to create a care plan that meets the holistic needs of patients and families.

Below is a listing of our faculty and staff.


Rodney O.Tucker, MD, MMM
Director, UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care
Chief Experience Officer - UAB Medicine

Marie Bakitas, DNSc, APRN, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN
Associate Director, UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care
Professor of Nursing

Faculty and Staff  

F. Amos Bailey, MD

Amanda Baker, CRNP
Nurse Practitioner

Cindy Baker, MD
Assistant Professor
Medical Director Alacare Hospice

Donna Bearden, MD
 Assistant Professor

Michael Barnett, MD, MS
Assistant Professor

Megann Bates Cain
Director of Development 

Joyce Crump, RN, NP-C, MSN, MBA
Program Manager II

Kellie Flood, MD
Associate Professor

Melanie Farrell, MD
Assistant Professor

Vicki Herring, CAP
Program Administrator II

Heather L. Herrington, MD
Associate Professor

Jennifer Hicks, MSHA, MBA
Program Director

John Holcombe, MD
Assistant Professor

Laurel Kilpatrick, MD
Assistant Professor

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

Elizabeth Kvale, MD
Associate Professor

Eddie Mathews, MD
Assistant Professor -
Hospitalist Medicine

Jessica Merlin, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor

Ashley Nichols, MD
Assistant Professor
Medical Director,
Palliative and Comfort Care Unit

Jackie Palmore, RN, BSN, CHPN
Palliative Care Coordinator

Sam Perna, DO
Assistant Professor
Medical Director
Palliative and Supportive Care,
Children's of Alabama

Eric Walker, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Neal Steil, MD
Assistant Professor