Our History

Our History

2003 – The University of Louisville School of Medicine invested funding and resources to establish the Interdisciplinary Program for Palliative Care and Chronic Illness.

2004 – Collaborative partnerships with local health care organizations produced the first palliative medicine fellowship training program in the Kentucky offered at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

2005 – The NCI funded a randomized controlled trial to develop and test a telehealth intervention to improve symptom management and quality of life in patients with undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer.

2005 – Funded by the CDC, this pilot project, Cancer as a Chronic Disease, provided evidence-based supportive services to women diagnosed with breast cancer receiving care at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

2005 – Funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, the Medicaid Palliative Case Management study incorporated palliative care principles and practices into the operations of a Medicaid managed care provider.  Case managers were trained via educational sessions and worked with an experienced palliative care nurse and social worker to implement palliative care approaches for patients with end-stage disease including lung, heart, renal and liver disease and HIV.

2006 – In 2006 Dr. Pfeifer was awarded the V.V. Cooke Endowed Chair in Medicine. The V.V. Cooke Foundation established this chair to support teaching, research and service in internal medicine.

2007 – Competed with 58 other schools for the Robert Wood Johnson sponsored educational innovation in palliative care grants (EPERC).  One of six projects funded.

2008 – Accredited on the first national cycle of palliative medicine fellowship accreditation in 2008 and remain fully accredited today.

2010 – Awarded National Institutes of Health grant to develop, Implement and evaluate an interdisciplinary oncology palliative care education program.