Mark P. Pfeifer, M.D.

Mark P. Pfeifer, M.D.


Mark P. Pfeifer, M.D.






Mark P. Pfeifer, M.D.

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Chief Medical Officer, University of Louisville Hospital
  • V.V. Cooke Chair of Medicine
550 South Jackson Street, Ste. A3K00
Louisville, KY 40202

502-852-7944 - Academic Office






Clinical Expertise

Internal Medicine


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine

  • National Board of Medical Examiners


Education and Training

  • Medical School: University of Louisville

  • Residency: Emory University Affiliated Hospitals

  • Fellowship: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Recent Publications

  • Head BA, Earnshaw LA, Greenberg RB, Morehead RC, Pfeifer MP, Shaw MA. "I will never forget": what we learned from medical student reflections on a palliative care experience. J Palliat Med. 2012 May;15(5):535-41. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2011.0391. Epub 2012 Mar 29. PubMed PMID: 22458806.

  • Head BA, Schapmire TJ, Keeney CE, Deck SM, Studts JL, Hermann CP, Scharfenberger JA, Pfeifer MP. Use of the Distress Thermometer to discern clinically relevant quality of life differences in women with breast cancer. Qual Life Res. 2012 Mar;21(2):215-23. doi: 10.1007/s11136-011-9934-3. Epub 2011 May 29. PubMed PMID: 21626046.

  • Head BA, Heitz L, Keeney C, Myers J, Appana SN, Studts JL, Bumpous J, Pfeifer M. The relationship between weight loss and health-related quality of life in persons treated for head and neck cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2011 Oct;19(10):1511-8. doi: 10.1007/s00520-010-0975-x. Epub 2010 Aug 21. PubMed PMID: 20730547.

  • Head BA, Keeney C, Studts JL, Khayat M, Bumpous J, Pfeifer M. Feasibility and Acceptance of a Telehealth Intervention to Promote Symptom Management during Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer. J Support Oncol. 2011 Jan 1;9(1):e1-e11. PubMed PMID: 21499540; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3074232.

  • Head BA, LaJoie S, Augustine-Smith L, Cantrell M, Hofmann D, Keeney C, Pfeifer M. Palliative care case management: increasing access to community-based palliative care for Medicaid recipients. Prof Case Manag. 2010 Jul-Aug;15(4):206-17. doi: 10.1097/NCM.0b013e3181d18a9e. PubMed PMID: 20631596.

  • Head BA, Cantrell M, Pfeifer M. Mark's journey: a study in medicaid palliative care case management. Prof Case Manag. 2009 Jan-Feb;14(1):39-45. doi: 10.1097/01.PCAMA.0000343146.81635.38. PubMed PMID: 19092600.

  • Head BA, Studts JL, Bumpous JM, Gregg JL, Wilson L, Keeney C, Scharfenberger JA, Pfeifer MP. Development of a telehealth intervention for head and neck cancer patients. Telemed J E Health. 2009 Jan;15(1):44-52. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2008.0061. PubMed PMID: 19199847; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2811073.

  • Keeney CE, Scharfenberger JA, O'Brien JG, Looney S, Pfeifer MP, Hermann CP. Initiating and sustaining a standardized pain management program in long-term care facilities. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2008 Jun;9(5):347-53. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2008.02.004. Epub 2008 May 2. PubMed PMID: 18519117.

  • Scharfenberger J, Furman CD, Rotella J, Pfeifer M. Meeting American Council of Graduate Medical Education guidelines for a palliative medicine fellowship through diverse community partnerships. J Palliat Med. 2008 Apr;11(3):428-30. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2007.0263. PubMed PMID: 18363483.

  • Pfeifer MP, Ritchie C, Scharfenberger J, Keeney C, Hermann C, Berwick M, Head B. The Caring Connections Project: Providing palliative care to Medicaid patients with advanced cancer. Lippincotts Case Manag. 2006 Nov-Dec;11(6):318-26. PubMed PMID: 17135876.