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


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

    Christine S. Ritchie, M.D. Endowed Chair in Palliative Care Leadership
Professor of Medicine 
  Director, Palliative Care Section—Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics & Palliative 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

Jennifer Hicks, MSHA, MBA
Administrative Director

Faculty and Staff

Amanda Baker, CRNP
Nurse Practitioner

Michael Barnett, MD, MS, FAAP, FAAHPM
Assistant Professor

Megann Bates Cain
Director of Development

Virginia Campbell, MD
Assistant Professor

Cathy Casey, CRNP
Nurse Practitioner

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

Sylvia Huang, PhD
Assistant Professor
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

M. Garrett Hurst, MD
Assistant Professor

Sandhya Mudumbi, MD
Clinical Instructor

  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

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

Eric Walker, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Lyle Walton, MD, MHSA
Assistant Professor

Patti Wilson, CRNP
Nurse Practitioner

Diane Wood, MS, MDiv
SPARC Program Manager