Dio Kavalieratos, assistant professor of medicine, palliative care and medical ethics at the University of Pittsburgh, and director of implementation research for the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute has been awarded the 2019 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Early Career Investigator Award.
Kavalieratos, who is the first PhD to ever win this award, is a health services researcher who is passionate about studying and developing best practices regarding palliative care implementation within health systems.
Robert Arnold, medical director of the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute, and Yael Schenker, director of palliative care research at the University of Pittsburgh, nominated Kavalieratos for this distinction. They describe him as “one of the most talented PhD health services researchers in palliative care.”
“My overarching goal for my work is to create systems, based on scientific evidence, that make palliative care an assumed part of everyone’s health care,” Kavalieratos said.