Palliative Care

Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care

Providing quality of life support to New Orleans residents

University Medical Center's Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care team provides a comprehensive approach to improving the quality of life for people who are living with serious illnesses. Our team of doctors, social workers, and therapists will work collaboratively with a patient’s entire medical team and their families to provide medical, emotional and social support needed to cope with serious illness.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary subspecialty of medicine that provides comprehensive treatment of physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs related to serious illness or injury. To "palliate" means to "ease," and the focus of Palliative Care is to ease the suffering that results from illness and to reduce caregiver stress.

Who benefits from Palliative Care?

Any patient going through the course of serious illness can benefit from Palliative Medicine.

It includes and is not limited to diagnoses such as:

  • Advanced cancer (metastatic/recurring)
  • Advanced heart disease
  • Stroke (with decreased function of at least 50 percent)
  • Advanced renal disease
  • Advanced neurologic disease including advanced Alzheimer’s disease with severe dementia and medical complications
  • Advanced liver disease

Outpatient services

Visits will include a consultation with our Palliative Care physician and social worker. Visits with a psychologist and chaplain can be arranged. Our clinic is available Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1-5 pm and is located in the Ambulatory Care Building (ACB), Clinic 5A.

Contact us

For questions, please email Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care Services at or

Defining Quality

  • Joint Commission National Quality Approval Award
    The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
  • American College of Surgeons: Verified Trauma Center
    The Norman E. McSwain, Jr, MD, Spirit of Charity Trauma Center only verified Level 1 Trauma Center in South Louisiana.
  • City Business - Best Places to Work
    The Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Center (CPHC) at University Medical Center New Orleans was awarded top-tier accreditation from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA).
  • PHA Center of Comprehensive Care Award
    University Medical Center New Orleans is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center with a full stroke team on call 24/7 to immediately care for patients with stroke symptoms.
  • American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Primary Stroke Center
  • Commission on Cancer Accedited Program logo
    The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
  • Commission on Cancer Accedited Program logo
    University Medical Center has been designated an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (ISDA).