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

Jennifer Hicks, MSHA, MBA
Administrative Director

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

Jennifer Courtney, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Mallie Hale
Major Gifts Officer

Vicki Herring, CAP
Program Administrator II

Heather L. Herrington, MD
Associate Professor

John Holcombe, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

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

M. Garrett Hurst, MD
Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Kvale, MD, MSPH
Associate Professor

Eddie Matthews, MD

Assistant Professor - Hospitalist Medicine

Jessica Merlin, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor

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

Jackie Palmore, RN, BSN, CHPN
Palliative Care Coordinator

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

Neal Steil, MD
Assistant Professor

Keith Swetz, MD, MA, FACP, FAAHPM
Associate Professor 
Section Chief and Medical Director Palliative Care, Brimingham VA Medical Center

Eric Walker, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Diane Wood
SPARC Program Manager