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

Clinical services:

• UNM Health Palliative Care
• UNM Health Locations

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 a specialty that helps patients and their families living as well as possible when facing serious illness.

Palliative Care is provided by a team of providers that strive to alleviate suffering and improve quality of life at any stage of a serious illness.  Unlike hospice, Palliative Care is not limited to end-of-life care, and can occur at any stage of an illness. You do not need to choose between treatments to your illness and Palliative Care.

About our team:

Patients and families acing serious illness often have complex physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.  That is why a Palliative Care team consists of providers from many fields. The Palliative Care team at the University of New Mexico consists of:

  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine board-certified physicians
  • Advance Practice Nurses
  • Clinical Social workers (who also provide counseling)
  • A chaplain
  • Arts-in-Medicine providers
  • Administrative support

Our Palliative Care team provides both inpatient and outpatient consultation services since 2009. In 2012, we started New Mexico’s first ACGME accredited Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship for physicians.

Palliative Care

Palliative care at UNMH makes all the difference. Here is what you can expect:

Working together with your own provider, we help you achieve:

  • Better pain control.
  • Relief from symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea and problems with sleep.
  • In-depth communication about your goals, concerns and treatment options.
  • Coordination of your care among all of your health care providers.
  • Reduction of treatment-related side effects.
  • Access to resources in your community.
  • Emotional, spiritual and psychological support for you and your family.

"Palliative Care is like falling
Into a cloud of kindness"
Margaret, Palliative Care Patient

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 serious 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

Getting palliative care is easy. Just ask for it.

You may already have been referred to the palliative care team, but if not, just ask your medical provider for a referral. We work together with your primary doctor and health care team.

For more information, call Division of Palliative Care office at 272-4868. We welcome questions from patients and family members.