Marie A. Bakitas, DNSc, NP-C, FAAN
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Marie Bakitas BIO


Marie Bakitas, DNSc, CRNP, FAAN, is professor / Marie L. O’Koren Endowed Chair and Co-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. She focuses on developing and testing novel interventions (i.e. telehealth) that improve palliative care access and reduce disparities for patients with serious illness and their family caregivers especially in rural areas. She has developed innovative methods, such as tele-health & tele-consultation, to reduce health disparities for Deep South rural & minority cancer patients & family caregivers through an NCI-funded implementation trial in 48 cancer practices across the US.  Since 2011, she has extended her work to advanced heart failure patients and their family via numerous pilot studies (one funded by the National Palliative Care Research Center) and a recently completed NINR-funded R01 “ENABLE: CHF-PC: RCT of a Concurrent Heart Failure Palliative Care Intervention for Rural, Older Adults and their Caregivers”. Dr. Bakitas has published over 100 original data-based papers, book chapters and books. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and Palliative Care Nursing Fellow from HPNA.