The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.


Rebecca Aslakson MD, PhD

Johns Hopkins

Rebecca A. Aslakson MD, PhD is an associate professor and critical care anesthesiologist, palliative care doctor, and researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a core faculty member of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality in Baltimore, MD. Triple boarded in anesthesia, surgical critical care, and hospice and palliative medicine, Dr. Aslakson is an active researcher with a research, academic, and clinical goal to improve delivery of palliative medicine to perioperative, critically ill, and minority populations. Having published over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals, she has received funding from numerous organizations including AHRQ, the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, NPCRC (was a 2011 JFCDA recipient), and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and she currently leads a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute funded, 3 year, $1.5 million project to develop and test efficacy of a video-based advance care planning aid for patients and families preparing for high risk cancer surgery.  She has received multiple national awards for her research work, including being named the 2014 American Society of Anesthesiologists Presidential Scholar – making it the first time this national award was given for palliative care-related research as well as the first time that the award was bestowed upon a female recipient.  She was also named a national “40 under 40” inspirational leader for AAHPM and received the 2015 AAHPM Early Career Investigator Award.