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Christian T. Sinclair, MD

Professional Background

Dr. Christian Sinclair is an Associate Professor in the Division of Palliative Medicine at the University of Kansas Health System, where he currently leads outpatient palliative care in the KU Cancer Center and heads the palliative care research group. In 2019, he was selected to direct a Care Connections program at the University of Kansas Cancer Center focused on improving the patient and caregiver experience through improved access to supportive care services.

His medical training began at the University of California, San Diego, which he completed in 2000. From there he and his wife, Kelly, went to North Carolina for 3 years for an Internal Medicine residency at Wake Forest. In 2004, he completed a hospice and palliative medicine fellowship at the Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

Moving to Kansas City, he served for 8 years as an Associate Hospice Medical Director overseeing a 32-bed inpatient unit, leading the hospice and palliative medicine fellowship program in conjunction with the University of Kansas, while continuing to see palliative care consults in the hospital and on home visits. He has also worked for Gentiva Health Services as a National Hospice Medical Director overseeing 40 sites and 80 Hospice Medical Directors

Dr. Sinclair was the first chair and co-founder of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) professionals-in-training special interest group. He was elected to the AAHPM Board of Directors in 2009 and served for nine years and was the the president of AAHPM in 2016. In 2019, he received the Holman Distinguished Service Award from AAHPM.

In 2015, Dr. Sinclair co-founded the Kansas City Society of Palliative Medicine with Dr. Pam Harris. He later served as president of the society in 2018 and 2019. He currently serves as secretary.

Dr. Sinclair is passionate about health care professionals engaging the public through social media. Many in the field know him through his work as Editor-in-Chief of the website Pallimed in addition to his advocacy for the field on Facebook and Twitter. He is committed to mentoring peers and learners across professional backgrounds and throughout the country.

In 2018, he was named the first Associate Editor of Social Media for the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Most recently, he was part of the National Academy of Medicine's Institute of Medicine’s committee who published the report "Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life" in 2014 and served on the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Roundtable on Quality Care For People with Serious Illness from 2015-2019.

Education and Training
  • Undergrad - Community College, Diablo Valley College
  • BA, Biological Anthropology, Univ. of California-San Diego
  • MD, Medicine, Univ. of California-San Diego
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Clinical Fellowship, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Care Center, Winston-Salem, NC
Professional Affiliations
  • Kansas City Society of Palliative Medicine, President, 2022 - 2023
  • Kansas City Society of Palliative Medicine, Secretary, 2020 - 2022
  • Kansas City Society of Palliative Medicine, President, 2018 - 2020
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, President, 2017 - 2018
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, President Elect, 2016 - 2017
  • Kansas City Society of Palliative Medicine, Co-founder, 2015 - Present
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Director, 2009 - 2018



Dr. Christian Sinclair leads the interprofessional palliative care research group at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Co-founded in 2016 with Joanna Brooks, PhD, MBE and Carla Keirns, MD, PhD, MSc, FACP, the group now has over 40 members across many professions and specialties.

Dr. Sinclair mentors many learners and peers through research studies, academic writing, presentations, posters and other scholarly efforts.

Research areas of interest: outpatient palliative care in oncology, prognosis science, predictive risk models, and interprofessional teamwork.

  • Landzaat, L., H, Sinclair, C., T, Rosielle, D., A. 2010. Continuous-flow left ventricular assist device.. The New England journal of medicine, 362 (12), 1149; author reply 1149
  • Sinclair, C., T, Porter-Williamson, K. 2004. Health care delivery in the Texas prison system.. JAMA, 292 (18), 2212; author reply 2212-3
  • Sinclair, C., T. 2004. Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and complications.. The New England journal of medicine, 350 (7), 734-5; author reply 734-5
  • Morrison, L., J, Sinclair, C., T. 2005. Next-of-kin responses and do-not-resuscitate implications for implantable cardioverter defibrillators.. Annals of internal medicine, 142 (8), 676-7; author reply 677
  • Sinclair, C., T. 2008. Re: Pregnancy care: an apprenticeship for palliative care?. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM, 21 (6), 580; author reply 580
  • Sinclair, C., T. 2006. Communicating a prognosis in advanced cancer.. The journal of supportive oncology, 4 (4), 201-4
  • Morgan, A., A, Sinclair, C., T. 2017. Neuroleptics for Delirium: More Research Is Needed.. JAMA internal medicine, 177 (7), 1054-1055
  • Sinclair, C., T, Kalender-Rich, J., L, Griebling, T., L, Porter-Williamson, K. 2015. Palliative Care of Urologic Patients at End of Life.. Clinics in geriatric medicine, 31 (4), 667-78
  • Glare, P., A, Sinclair, C., T. 2008. Palliative medicine review: prognostication.. Journal of palliative medicine, 11 (1), 84-103
  • Kamal, A., H, Bull, J., H, Wolf, S., P, Swetz, K., M, Shanafelt, T., D, Ast, K, Kavalieratos, D, Sinclair, C., T, Abernethy, A., P. 2016. Prevalence and Predictors of Burnout Among Hospice and Palliative Care Clinicians in the U.S.. Journal of pain and symptom management, 51 (4), 690-6