Jane Schell, MD FNKF

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics

Dr. Schell joined the University in 2012 as a clinician-educator within Palliative Medicine and Nephrology. Focused on improving the experience of patients living with kidney disease, Dr. Schell has pursued this interest through educational curricula development and clinical care. She has developed a renal supportive care clinic for kidney disease patients with palliative care needs. 

Dr. Schell’s academic and educational work centers on communication and provider-patient relationship. Dr. Schell has received funding through the American Society of Nephrology to develop and evaluate curriculum for nephrology fellows within palliative care. She has developed an annual communication training for nephrology fellows called NephroTalk that teaches skills in dialysis decision-making and end of life. This training has been adapted and taught for national audiences as well as practicing nephrologists.

During her career, Dr. Schell has published peer-reviewed articles within the topic of palliative care and nephrology in high-impact articles. Dr. Schell is an active participant in national organizations within palliative care and education including American Society of Nephrology, American Kidney Foundation and the Coalition for the Supportive Care of Kidney Patients.

Education & Training

  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, Duke University, 2012
  • Nephrology Fellowship, Duke University, 2011
  • MHS, Clinical Research Training Program, Duke University, 2011
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2008
  • MD, University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham, 2005
  • BS, University of South Alabama, 2000

Representative Publications

​A full list of Dr. Schell's publications can be found here.

Research Interests

Dr. Schell’s research centers on physician communication skills training. She has developed and measured outcomes for a communication curriculum for nephrology fellows on palliative care topics.

Dr. Schell is a clinician educator who focuses on palliative care and nephrology.

Research Grants

Title: MY WAY Project: Multi-center advance care planning intervention for older patients with kidney disease using a nurse coach
Role: Clinical Site Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2018

Title: Education Grant from the American Society of Nephrology
Role: William and Sandra Bennett Clinical Scholars Program recipient
Funding Agency: American Society of Nephrology
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016

Title: A Communication Curriculum on Advance Care Planning for Nephrology Fellows (Nephrotalk Train the Trainers)
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: American Society of Nephrology, Geriatric Nephrology Advisory Group
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016