Michael D. Barnett, MD, MS, FAAP, FAAHPM
Assistant Professor Medicine & Pediatrics
Director, Palliative Medicine Fellowship 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 living in central 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. 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 Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. 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

Clinical/Research Interests 

Curriculum development & interprofessional education in palliative care
Communication skills & empathy training
Bereavement care

Selected Publications

Swetz KM, Barnett MD, Kamal AH, Mansel JK. Physician aid in dying in the US South: What does the future hold? Southern Medical Journal. 2017;110(1):9-10.

Barnett MD, Maurer SH, Wood GJ. Pediatric palliative care pilot curriculum: Impact of “pain cards” on resident education. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2016; 33(9):829-33. PMID: 26101349.

Barnett MD, Williams BR, Tucker RO. Sudden advanced illness: An emerging concept among palliative care and surgical critical care physicians. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2016; 33(4):321-6. PMID: 25548391.

Morrison LJ, Landzaat LH, Barnett MD, Buckholz GT, Gustin JL, Hwang JM, Levine SK, Okon T, Radwany S, Yang HB. Hospice & Palliative Medicine Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs). American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, HPM Curricular Milestones/EPAs Workgroup; published November 3, 2015.

Hwang J, Barnett MD, Klick J. From competencies to EPAs and milestones: A look into how pediatric HPM is influencing the innovation of education and training in the field of HPM. AAP Section on Hospice & Palliative Medicine Newsletter, December 2014:1-12.

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.

Boss RD, Urban A, 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.