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.
Leadership

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, FAAHPM
Assistant Professor

Megann Bates Cain
Director of Development

Jennifer Courtney, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

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, FAAHPM
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Ambulatory Palliative Care

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
Chaplain