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photo Robert M. Arnold, MD

Professor of Medicine

Chief, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics

Director, Institute for Doctor-Patient Communication

Medical Director, UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute

Email: rabob@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-692-4810

Contact
Office: UPMC Montefiore Hospital, Suite 933W
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 
Phone: 412-692-4810
Fax: 412-692-4315
E-mail: rabob@pitt.edu
Administrative Assistant:
Diane Reed
Address: 3600 Forbes Avenue
Suite 308 Iroquois Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Email: reeddm2@upmc.edu
Phone: 412-586-9636
Fax: 412-864-2911
Education and Training
Education
BA in Biology and Philosophy, University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1983
MD, University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1983
Training
Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, 1986
Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, Philadelphia, 1988
Research Interest
Dr. Arnold's research activities focus on improving doctor-patient communication regarding palliative care and changing the culture of doctor-patient communication.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Arnold's clinical activities focus on providing palliative care consults in a tertiary care hospital and providing primary care to HIV-seropositive inpatients. He was the president of the America Society of Bioethics and Humanities and the American Association of Palliative and Hospice Medicine.
Educational Interest
Dr. Arnold's educational activities focus on teaching ethics to residents and developing educational programs in specialities ranging from oncology to critical care medicine. Dr. Arnold is currently developing a structured curriculum on doctor-patient communication for fellows in critical care and trying to better understand the barriers to communication.
Publications
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Developing a Tablet-Based Tool to Enhance Communication and Shared Decision Making Among Clinicians and Surrogates Decision Makers in ICUs
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: R21 AG050252
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2017
Title: Palliative Care Training
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: The Milbank Foundation
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2017
Title: The University of Pittsburgh PCOR Career Development Program
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Grant Number: K12 HS022989
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2019
Title: A Stepped Wedge Trial of an Intervention to Support Family Members in ICUs
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Nursing Research
Grant Number: R01 NR014663
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2019
Title: A Trial to Improve Surrogate Decision Making for Critically Ill Older Adults
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: R01 AG045176
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2018
Title: Improving Seriously Ill Patients' End-of-Life Care by Changing the Default Option in Advance Directives
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: University of Pennsylvania/Moore Foundation
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2015
Title: Train the Trainer: Critical Care Communication Skills
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2014
Title: Outpatient Early Intervention Services with Respect to HIV Diseases - Ryan White Title 3 (Part C)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Health Research and Services Administration
Grant Number: H76 HA00079
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2013
Title: Representational Intervention to Promote End-of-Life Decision-Making Preparation
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: University of North Carolina/National Institute of Nursing Research
Grant Number: R01 NR011464
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2012
Title: Communication on Illicit Drug and/or Alcohol Use in Obstetrics
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Magee Womens Hospital/National Agency for Drug Abuse
Grant Number: R01 DA026410
Start Year: 2010
End Year: 2015
Title: End of Life in Very Old Age
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Nursing Research
Grant Number: R01 NR012459
Start Year: 2010
End Year: 2015
Title: Geriatric Education Centers of Pennsylvania
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Health Research and Services Administration
Start Year: 2010
End Year: 2015
Notable Achievements
University of Pittsburgh William I Cohen Award, 2010
Pittsburgh Magazine Top Doctors, 2010-2015
Who’s Who of World Class business leaders, 2011
AAHPM Project on Death in America (PDIA) Palliative Medicine National Leadership Award, 2011
US News and World Report Top 1% of doctors, 2012
AAHPM Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013
AAHPM Visionary in Palliative Care Award, 2014
University of Pittsburgh, ICRE Distinguished Research Mentor Award, 2015
American Academy of Healthcare Communication George L Engel Award, 2015
Global Who’s Who in Medical Sciences, 2009, 2014