The Division of Palliative Care offers an accredited one-year in Fellowship Palliative Care ProgramApplications are accepted only through the"Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). 

Division of Palliative Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Phone: (505) 272-4868
Fax: (505) 272-9134

What is Palliative Care

Lisa Marr

Lisa Marr, MD

Division Chief of Palliative Care

Contact: (505) 272-4868

Department of Internal Medicine
MSC 10 5550
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Palliative care is medical care focused on relief of pain, symptoms, and stress of serious illness, whatever the diagnosis or prognosis. The goal is to help alleviate physical, psychosocial and spiritual suffering, and to help achieve the best quality of life for patients and their families.

Palliative Care Mission Statement

  • Providing outstanding clinical care and leadership to improve quality of life (physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural) for patients and families dealing with a life-threatening illness
  • Treating patients, families, colleagues and trainees with compassion, respect, and an appreciation of diversity
  • Educating the current and future generation of clinicians to care for patients with advanced illness
  • Advancing the field of palliative care through research
  • Collaborating with local, state and national organizations to improve palliative care services in New Mexico

Clinical Programs

The Palliative Care adult in-patient consultation service consists of an interdisciplinary team of Palliative Care (PC) board certified physicians, advanced practice nurses, a clinical social worker, a health educator, Arts-in-Medicine providers and collaboration with the hospital’s Pastoral Care department. We see patients admitted to UNM Hospital who have serious or life threatening illness and help with pain and symptom management, clarification of goals of care, patient and family support and advance care planning. 

Palliative Care

2016 UNM Palliative Care Conference

Palliative PosterThe Palliative Care Conference: Developing Your Palliative Care Skill Set will be held at UNM Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education on October 29, 2016

This course is designed for medical professionals of every discipline, as well as anyone dealing with palliative patients or clients in their personal or professional lives. 

For additional information, please contact Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development at (505) 272-3942.