Marie O'Koren Endowed Chair

Marie Bakitas Marie A. Bakitas, DNSc, APRN, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN

Dr. Marie Bakitas is internationally recognized in pain and palliative care science. Focused on reducing suffering and enhancing quality of life for persons with advanced illness and family caregivers--especially in rural areas--her early tele-health palliative care model ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends), has led to practice and policy changes. She is disseminating ENABLE for cancer and heart failure patients in the Deep South and Veteran populations. Her research, mentorship and papers have led to important practice changes.

Rachel Z. Booth Endowed Chair

Patricia Patrician Patricia A. Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN, Colonel, US Army (Retired)

Dr. Patricia Patrician joined the UAB faculty in August 2008 after having served 26 years in the US Army Nurse Corps, where she held clinical, administrative, educational, and research positions. Her final position prior to military retirement was Chief, Department of Nursing Science, Academy of Health Sciences, Ft. Sam Houston (San Antonio), TX. At UAB, she teaches in the Nursing and Health Systems Administration and PhD Programs.