Yael Schenker, MD, MAS

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

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 the Palliative Research Center, 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: Patient-centered and effications advance care planning in cancer: the PEACe comparative effectiveness trial
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute
Grant Number: R01CA235730 
Start Year: 2019 2019
End Year: 20242021

Title: Expanding National Capacity in Palliative Care through Mentorship and Training
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
Grant Number:  N/A
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2021

 

Title: Impacts of the opioid crisis and optimal opioid prescribing practices by medical oncologists
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Hillman Developmenet Fund
Grant Number:  N/A
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2021

 

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