Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

Robert M. Arnold, MD

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Professor of Medicine

Chief, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics

Director, Institute for Doctor-Patient Communication

Medical Director, UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute

Office: UPMC Montefiore Hospital, Suite 932W
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 
Phone: 412-692-4810
Fax: 412-692-4315
E-mail: rabob@pitt.edu

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

Area of Specialization/Research Interest  
Communication
Palliative care
Medical ethics
End-of-life care
Decision support techniques
 

Profile
Dr. Arnold's research and educational activities focus on teaching ethics to residents, improving doctor-patient communication regarding palliative care, and changing the culture by 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. His 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 of the American Association of Palliative and Hospice Medicine.

Recent Grants
Title: “A Trial to Improve Surrogate Decision-Making for Critically Ill Older Adults”
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Amount:
Funding Agency: National Institute on Aging
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2018
Title: Surrogate Storytelling
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Amount:
Funding Agency: National Palliative Care Research Center
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2014
Title: “Train-the-Trainer": Critical Care Communication Skills
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount: 200,000
Funding Agency: Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2014
Title: Outpatient Early Intervention Services with Respect to HIV Disease – Ryan White Title III (Part C)
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Amount:
Funding Agency: HRSA
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2016
Title: End of Life in Very Old Age
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Amount:
Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2011
Title: Geriatric Education Centers of Pennsylvania
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Amount:
Funding Agency: HRSA
Start Year: 2010
End Year: 2015
Title: Communication on Illicit Drug and/or Alcohol Use in Obstetrics
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Amount:
Funding Agency:
Start Year: 2010
End Year: 2015

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