The UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care utilizes a team approach, blending the best of medicine, nursing, psychology, pastoral care, nutrition and complementary therapies to create a care plan that meets the holistic need of patients and families.
Below is a listing of our faculty and staff.

Rodney O. Tucker, MD, MMM, FAAHPM
Director, UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care

Chief Experience Oficer - UAB Medicine

Marie Bakitas, DNSc, APRN, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN
Associate Director, UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care

Professor of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Dilip Babu, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Amanda Baker, CRNP
Nurse Practitioner
Micheal Barnett, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
Megann Bates Cain
Director of Development
Melanie Farell, MD
Assistant Professor
Jennifer Courtney, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Heather L. Harrington, MD
Associate Professor
Vicki Herring, CAP
Program Administrator II
John Holcombe, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Jennifer Hicks, MSHA, MBA
Program Director
M. Garrett Hurst, MD
Assitant Professor
Stephen Howell, DNP, ANP-BC, ACHPN
Lead Nurse Practitioner
Eddie Matthews, MD
Assistant Professor - Hospitalist Medicine
Elizabeth Kvale, MD, MSPH
Associate Professor
Ashley Nichols, MD
Assitant Professor
Medical Director
Palliative and Comfort Care Unit

Jessica Merlin, MD, MBA
Assitant Professor
Sam Perna, DO
Assitant Professor
Medical Director
Palliative and Supportive Care, Children's of Alabama

Jackie Palmore, RN, BSN, CHPN
Palliative Care Coordinator
Keith Swetz, MD, MA, FACP, FAAHPM
Associate Professor
Section Chief and Medical Director Palliative Care, Brimingham VA Medical Center

Neal Steil, MD
Assitant Professor
Diane Wood
SPARC Program Manager
Eric Walker, PA-C
Physician Assitant
Mallie Hale
Major Gifts Officer