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Physician - MD or DO - Palliative Care

Regular Full Time Durham, North Carolina
Requisition Number: 222888
Duke University Hospital

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. For 2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology. Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.

In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.

Palliative Care – Physician

Position Summary

Palliative Medicine physicians in the Palliative Care Department are clinicians and/or clinician educators who provide clinical care for adult and pediatric patients admitted at Duke University Health System hospitals, support surgical and specialty services through consultative palliative medicine practice, and teach staff, graduate medical trainees, and medical students on inpatient educational rotations.

Duties and Responsibilities

Palliative Medicine physicians will engage in direct patient care activities and medical/clinical practice as the principal component of his/her overall professional responsibility within the Department. Patient care activities will include, but are not be limited to:

  • Assessment, evaluation, pain and symptom management, care planning and modification, medications/therapeutic recommendations, goals of care planning and medical decision making, and end of life comfort care
  • Direct contact and consultation with patient family members, friends, advocates, and others to ensure effective communication of patient status and care plans, and to encourage/support an open visitor- friendly environment within the medical/hospital environment,
  • Extensive and on-going communications with primary medical teams as well as external hospice agencies who routinely manage the care of patients discharged on hospice
  • Day-to-day patient contact/rounding/care management that actively encourages and includes professional input from all members of the interdisciplinary team
  • Accurate and timely completion of all clinical and professional records and documentation to assure compliance with local, state and federal regulatory, licensure and accreditation requirements.
  • Work to create a positive work culture within cross-departmental teams and align this work with other Palliative Care initiatives.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Qualifications needed to Apply


  • Graduate of an accredited MD or DO medical school with applicable residency
  • Hospice/Palliative Care fellowship preferred


  • License to practice medicine issued by the NCMB
  • DEA License issued by State of NC


  • MD or DO with any applicable board certification coupled with Hospice and Palliative Medicine certification


  • Hospitalist and/or Palliative Care experience preferred but welcome new grad applicants


Full-time.  The majority of clinical responsibilities are dayshift/weekdays, with some overnight (phone) call and occasional on-site weekend coverage.

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