Marie A. Bakitas, DNSc, APRN, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
School of Nursing
NB 2MO2, zip 1210
Voice:  205.934.5277


BakitasDr. Bakitas received her ADN/RN from the University of Bridgeport, post-Master's certification as an adult nurse practitioner from the University of New Hampshire and DNSc from Yale University.

Dr. Bakitas' scholarly work has focused on conducting pain and symptom management and palliative care interventions to improve the quality of life and care for those with serious, life-limiting illness and their families through improved management of distressing physical symptoms.  Dr. Bakitas has participated in 27 funded research grants and served as principal investigator of 12.  In 1998, Dr. Bakitas was a co-investigator and project director of a Robert Wood Johnson-funded demonstration project, called Project ENABLE, which led to the creation of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Palliative Care Consultation Service and an NIH-NCI-funded randomized clinical trial testing the introduction of a palliative care intervention at the time of a new diagnosis of advanced cancer.  

Dr. Bakitas is the Marie L. O'Koren Endowed Chair and Professor at the UAB School of Nursing and holds a secondary faculty appointment in the UAB School of Medicine