The Palliative Research Center (PaRC) at the University of Pittsburgh is a growing team of faculty, post-doctoral fellows, medical students, undergraduates, and staff. Our research focuses on improving quality of care for patients with serious illness and their families through the development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based palliative care interventions. We collaborate with clinicians at patient care clinics across the UPMC system and beyond to implement our intervention-based research projects. We have had continuous support from funding sources including the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the National Palliative Care Research Center, and the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group. Our team has grown and gained international recognition for research focused on integrating and improving the provision of palliative care for serious illnesses, including cancer, congestive heart failure, cystic fibrosis, and end-stage renal disease.


Under the leadership of Yael Schenker, MD, MAS (Director), the Palliative Research Center is part of the University of Pittsburgh Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, which was founded by Robert Arnold, MD in 1997 and is considered one of the best-established academic palliative care groups in the country. 

Our Mission

The Palliative Research Center is committed to asking empiric questions, exploring ethical dilemmas, and building the evidence base in palliative care.

Support Palliative Care Research

If you are an individual or group with an interest in supporting palliative care research at the University of Pittsburgh or learning more about any of our ongoing projects, please call us at 412-692-4758 or send us an email.