Palliative Medicine

Palliative Medicine physicians and the interdisciplinary palliative care team of nurses, social workers and chaplains strive to achieve the highest quality in patient and family-centered care for those dealing with progressive illness and life change. The team operates two full consultation services across every unit of the hospital and will expect to serve more than 1,000 patients and families this year.

Faculty in the Palliative Medicine division, in partnership with Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, North Kansas City Hospital and NorthCare Hospice operate the region's first Palliative Medicine fellowship training program, and work with residents, fellows, medical students, chaplaincy residents, nursing students, and social work students to teach the principles of Palliative Medicine. The physicians, in partnership with their team, are working to offer and to instill the principles of Palliative Medicine to nurses and social workers across the hospital system, working through the internationally known ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Curriculum).

Last modified: Mar 09, 2015
Contact Us

Allison Netson
Division Coordinator
Ph: 913-588-3807
Fx: 913-588-3877


Karin Porter-Williamson, M.D.
Karin Porter-Williamson, M.D.
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Director, Division of Palliative Medicine