The Palliative Medicine program, headed by Section Head Leslie Blackhall, MD, MTS, and part of the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, was named a Palliative Care Leadership Center in September 2015 by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC).
Palliative Care at UVA
Palliative care as a medical specialty focuses on maximizing quality of life during serious illness through relief of the pain, symptoms, and stress that patients commonly experience. Unlike hospice, it is delivered at the same time as all other appropriate treatments for the disease. Palliative care leads to a better quality of care and lower total medical costs and is appropriate for patients of any age or any stage of a serious illness.
The palliative team sees patients at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center (ECCC). Patients can schedule appointments by calling 434-924-9333 and letting the operator know they wish to make an appointment with a UVA palliative care provider.
Palliative medicine physicians provide consults and see patients at UVA hospital for assistance with management of symptoms such as pain, breathing difficulty, and infection, as well as for emotional, social, and spiritual needs. They also assist with transition to hospice care by local hospice agencies for end-of-life support for patients and their families.
Palliative Care Learning Center Training
For institutions interested in developing or expanding outpatient palliative care, training programs are available at the University of Virginia. Please contact Sonja Spradlin at SS2VA@virginia.edu for more information.