Michael D. Barnett, MD, MS
Assistant Professor Medicine & Pediatrics
Director,  Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program
Assistant Director, Combined Medicine Pediatrics Residency Program

UAB Center for Palliative & Supportive Care
1720 2nd Avenue S., CH-19, 219
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-2041
Voice: 205.975.8197
Fax: 205.975.8173


Barnett Michael compressed resizedDr. Barnett was born in Paducah, Kentucky but moved to Virginia as a child. He graduated with a degree in Engineering Science and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2002. While on a mission trip to Russia during college, Dr. Barnett decided to pursue medicine rather than engineering, and after graduation moved back to Kentucky for medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. In 2006, Dr. Barnett came to UAB for residency training in combined Internal Medicine & Pediatrics. He completed a year as Chief Resident of Med-Peds in 2010 before moving to Pittsburgh for fellowship training in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at UPMC. He stayed on another year to complete a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Barnett moved back to Birmingham in 2012 and joined the faculty at the UAB Center for Palliative & Supportive Care. He currently attends on the inpatient consult services at UAB and Children's of Alabama and in the Palliative & Comfort Care Unit. He is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. His current interests are in pediatric palliative care and medical education, specifically curriculum development and interdisciplinary education in palliative care. Dr. Barnett enjoys reading Russian literature, eating BBQ, and listening to folk music.

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine
American College of Physicians
American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Hospice & Palliative Medicine
American Academy of Pediatrics
Med-Peds Program Directors Association
Christian Community Health Fellowship

Selected Publications

Boss RD, Urban A, Barnett MD, Arnold RM. Neonatal critical care communication (NC3): Training NICU physicians and nurse practitioners. J Perinatol. 2013; 33(8):642-6.

Barnett, MD.  Book and Media Reviews.  From dark night to gentle surrender:  On the ethics and spirituality of hospice care.  JAMA.  2011:  305(22) 2354-5.