Yael Schenker, MD, MAS

  • Associate Professor, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics
  • Director, Palliative Care Research

Administrative Assistant:

Candice Ford
Email: fordca3@upmc.edu
Phone: 412-692-4843

Education & Training

  • Fellowship in General Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 2010
  • MAS, Clinical Research, University of California, San Francisco, 2010
  • Residency, University of California, San Francisco, 2007
  • Internship, University of California, San Francisco, 2005
  • MD, University of California, San Francisco, 2004
  • BA, Harvard University, 1995

Representative Publications

A complete listing of Dr. Schenker's publications can be found here.

Research Interests

Since joining the Department of Medicine in 2010, Dr. Schenker has collaborated on numerous palliative care research projects. Her primary focus is understanding and improving provision of primary palliative care in oncology. Using mixed methods, her work has uncovered barriers to receipt of specialty palliative and led to the development and evaluation of a nurse-led primary palliative care intervention called CONNECT. Dr. Schenker has also published widely on topics including surrogate decision making, informed consent, healthcare advertising, and language barriers.

Dr. Schenker practices palliative care.

As Director of Palliative Care Research, Dr. Schenker mentors numerous medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. She also directs Research Methods in Palliative Care, offered through the Institute for Clinical Research Education.

Research Grants

Title: A Cluster Randomized Trial of a Primary Palliative Care Intervention (CONNECT) for Patients with Advanced Cancer
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute
Grant Number:  R01CA197103
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2021

Title: Primary Palliative Care for Patients with Advanced Hematologic Malignancies
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: American Cancer Society
Grant Number:  130225-PEP-16-205-01-PCSM
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2018

Title: Associations Between Polypharmacy, Symptom Burden, and Quality of Life in Patients with Advanced, Life-limiting Illness
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group/PCRC Data Repository Expansion Program
Grant Number: N/A
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2018

Title: University of Pittsburgh CTSI – Community & Collaboration Core: Team Science
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Grant Number: 1UL1TR001857
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2021