The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.


Marie Bakitas DNSc, CRNP, FAAN

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Marie Bakitas, DNSc, CRNP, FAAN, is professor / Marie L. O’Koren Endowed Chair and Associate Director, Center for Palliative and Supportive Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Nursing and Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology, and Palliative Care. Dr. Bakitas has sustained scholarship in pain and symptom management and palliative care research. Her focus is on the development, testing, and implementation of interventions that improve palliative care access and reduce disparities for patients with serious illness and their family caregivers; in particular she has been studying telehealth approaches for patients in rural areas. Current projects are focused on Implementation Science approaches and extension of palliative care to patients with heart failure and their family caregivers in the Southeastern U.S.. Her current R0-1 RCT is testing the efficacy of early palliative care telehealth intervention (ENABLE CHF-PC) for patients with heart failure and a family caregiver. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.  Dr. Bakitas is a 2008 and 2013 NPCRC grantee and is a co-mentor to 2012 NPCRC CDA grantee Harleigh Buck, PhD, RN, CHPN and 2015 CDA grantee J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, PhD, RN, ACHPN.