F. Amos Bailey, MD


F. Amos Bailey, MD
Birmingham VA Medical Center
6th Floor Safe Harbor Unit
700 19th Street South
Birmingham AL 35233
Voice: 205.933.8101 ext. 5355
Fax: 205.212.3967


Dr. F. Amos Bailey was born in rural north Florida and attended Keystone Heights School and received his diploma in 1976. He attended St. John's River Community College before completing a B.S. degree in Biology at Stetson University in Deland, Florida in 1979. He continued his education at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, graduating in 1983. Dr. Bailey served his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Vermont, in Burlington, from 1983-1986. He completed a fellowship in Medical Oncology and Hematology in 1986-1989 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Bailey practiced Medical Oncology for 5 years in private practice in Beckley, West Virginia. He also became active in Home Hospice work and as a primary care provider for people living with HIV/AIDS.

In 1994, Dr. Bailey returned to Birmingham as the director of the Medical Oncology Clinic at Cooper Green Hospital. He also worked in the HIV/AIDS Clinic and became the medical director of the Jefferson County Health Department hospice program. Dr. Bailey led a team of individuals that successfully applied for an Excellence in End-of-Life Care grant from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. This grant leveraged the support needed to open the Balm of Gilead, the first inpatient Palliative Care Unit in Alabama. Bill Moyers featured the Balm of Gilead in his On Our Own Terms documentary aired on PBS in September 2000.

In 2001, the Birmingham VAMC recruited Dr. Bailey as the Director of Palliative Care. The VA Palliative Care Team has developed comprehensive palliative care programs, including opening the Safe Harbor Palliative Care Unit in November of 2005. Dr. Bailey was on the national advisory group for VA Palliative Care Initiatives from 2001-2004 and is currently working to integrate Palliative Care in several VAMC's in the southeast.

Dr. Bailey was the program chair for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care held in 2006 and has worked with the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Committee to write board exam questions for the certification exam. Dr. Bailey is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, and Hospice and Palliative Care. His interests include education of medical students, residents and others in Palliative Care. He is also interested in issues related to Heath Services Delivery, particularly in improving care for all patients at Life's End in acute care or hospital setting.

Professional Memberships

American College of Physicians, Fellow
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Fellow

Clinical/Research Interests

Clinical: Palliative Care in the Acute Care Setting and the Safe Harbor Palliative Care Unit.  Research: Care of in the last hours of life, health services as relates to provision of end-of-life care in the hospital setting, and education of medical providers using academic detailing as an education model.

Selected Publications

F. Amos Bailey, MD & Beverly R. Williams, PhD. "Preparation of Residents for Death Pronouncement: A Sensitive and Supportive Method," Palliative and Supportive Care, 3: 107-117, 2005.

Amos Bailey, MD, Kathryn L. Burgio, PhD, Lesa L. Woodby, PhD, MPH, Beverly R. Williams, PhD, David T. Redden, PhD, Stacey H. Kovac, PhD, Rosie M. Durham, RN, MSN, Patricia S. Goode, MD. Improving Processes of Hospital Care During the Last Hours of Life. Archives of Internal Medicine, August 22nd, 2005.

Elizabeth A. Kvale, Beverly R. Williams, James L. Bolden, Carol G. Padgett & F. Amos Bailey. "The Balm of Gilead Project: A Demonstration Project on End-of-Life Care for Safety Net Populations." Journal of Palliative Medicine, 7(3): June 2004.

Bailey, F. Amos. The Palliative Response. Menasha Ridge Press, November 2003.

Bailey, F. Amos. The Palliative Response, 2nd edition November 2005 full text available on line.

Bailey F.A., Bolden J.L., and Padgett C.G. "There is a Balm in Birmingham," Pioneer Programs in Palliative Care, Milbank Memorial Fund, 2000.

Bailey F.A. "Making the Wounded Whole: The Balm of Gilead Center." ABCD Exchange. 1 (April): 8-9, 1998.