Elizabeth A. Kvale, MD, FAAHPM
Associate Professor                                                              
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1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-2041                    
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Kvale 2012

Elizabeth Kvale, MD, grew up in Minnesota. She attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois to study biology and philosophy. She attended graduate school in philosophy at the University of Illinois, and then shifted to the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri, where she served as Chief Resident. After completing a service obligation in primary care in Dixon, Il, Dr. Kvale returned to academia to complete a 2-year research fellowship in palliative medicine.
Dr. Kvale is board certified in Family Practice and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Her clinical interests include the supportive care of cancer patients, survivorship, and the care of palliative patients in intensive settings. She is the Director of the Supportive Care and Survivorship outpatient clinic at UAB. Her research interests include Health Services Research focused on cancer survivorship, symptom assessment and management, and implementation research. Her research is currently supported by the American Cancer Society, the NIH, and the Veterans Administration.
Dr. Kvale has two children who attend school in Birmingham. Hobbies include cycling, rowing, and cooking.

Professional Memberships

Alabamians for Pain Relief, President
American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Member
American Academy of Family Practice, Member
AOA, Member

Clinical/Research Interests

Survivorship issues for cancer survivors, especially cognitive dysfunction, depression, insomnia, and fatigue with a focus on the elderly
Neurotoxicity of chemotherapy
Supportive care needs of older cancer patients

Selected Publications

Dunham WK, Bolden J, Kvale EA. Obstacles to the delivery of acceptable standards of care in rural home hospices. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care 20(4) July/Aug 2003.

Kvale EA, Williams BR, Bolden J, Padgett C, Bailey FA. The Balm of Gilead Project: a demonstration project on end-of-life care for safety-net populations. J Palliat Med. 2004 Jun;7(3):486-93.

Kvale EA. Principles for managing cancer-related sleep disturbances. J Support Oncol. 2005 Sep-Oct;3(5):365-6.

Kvale EA, Shuster JL. Sleep disturbance in supportive care of cancer: a review. J Palliat Med 2006;9(2):437-50.

Textbook Chapters

Ritchie CS, Kvale EA. Nutrition and Hydration Issues in Principles and Practice of Palliative Care and Supportive Oncology. In Press.