Our CPSC Team

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 needs of patients and families.

Below is a listing of our faculty and staff.

Leadership

Rodney O.Tucker, MD, MMM
Director, UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care
Chief Experience Officer - 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

Michael Barnett, MD, MS
Assistant Professor

Donna Bearden, MD
 Assistant Professor


Melanie Farrell, MD
Assistant Professor


Heather L. Herrington, MD
Associate Professor


John Holcombe, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor


M. Garrett Hurst, MD
Assistant Professor


Eddie Mathews, MD
Assistant Professor -
Hospitalist Medicine


Ashley Nichols, MD
Assistant Professor
Medical Director,
Palliative and Comfort Care Unit


Sam Perna, DO
Assistant Professor
Medical Director
Palliative and Supportive Care,
Children's of Alabama


Keith Swetz, MD, MA, FACP, FAAHPM
Associate Professor
Section Chief & Medical Director -
Palliative Care, Birmingham VA Medical Center


Diane Wood
SPARC Program Manager



Megann Bates Cain
Director of Development

Jennifer Courtney, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor


Vicki Herring, CAP
Program Administrator II


Jennifer Hicks, MSHA, MBA
Program Director


Stephen Howell, DNP, ANP-BC, ACHPN
Lead Nurse Practitioner


Elizabeth Kvale, MD
Associate Professor


Jessica Merlin, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor


Jackie Palmore, RN, BSN, CHPN
Palliative Care Coordinator



Neal Steil, MD

Assistant Professor





Eric Walker, PA-C
Physician Assistant