Earnshaw named Section Chief of Palliative Medicine

Helped create current University of Louisville curriculum for palliative care and education while also leading fellowship and clerkship programs
Earnshaw named Section Chief of Palliative Medicine

Dr. Lori Earnshaw

Lori Earnshaw, M.D., has been named Section Chief of Palliative Medicine in the University of Louisville Division of General Internal Medicine, Palliative Medicine and Medical Education effective July 1, 2015, announced Dr. Jesse Roman, Chairman of the UofL Department of Medicine.

Earnshaw, an Associate Professor of Medicine at UofL, already serves as director of the Palliative Medicine Fellowship and Clerkship programs, and is Medical Director of Palliative Care at University of Louisville Hospital.

Dr. Earnshaw has served as the Director of the Palliative Medicine Fellowship since 2009 and previously as the Associate Program Director. Thanks to her efforts, the program received Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditation in 2008, meeting the requirements for a fellowship training program in hospice and palliative medicine, which she has maintained since its inception.

In addition, she has been responsible for the development of educational curricula for residents, fellows and medical students as the University of Louisville was one of the first medical schools to require a formal palliative care clinical experience.

She helped to expand the curriculum as a co-investigator on a NIH grant that resulted in an inter-professional education curriculum for medical, social work, and nursing students and chaplain residents.

Upon Dr. Earnshaw's appointment with the Department of Medicine, she took on the then brand new position of Medical Director of Palliative Care Services at University of Louisville Hospital which later expanded to include the Supportive Care Clinic at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, directed by Dr. Mary Hubert, a graduate of the UofL Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program.

"I am delighted to continue my service to the University of Louisville School of Medicine, KentuckyOne Health, and the greater Louisville community," Earnshaw said. "With a legacy of collaboration in this community, we have achieved a great deal in furthering access to quality palliative care for our patients and establishing educational opportunities for our learners.

"I hope to continue my efforts to improve quality of life for patients and our families through education of practicing health care professionals, inter-professional students, and the broader community."

She is currently serving, or has previously been, a member of the Palliative Care Steering Committee, Hosparus Medical Advisory Committee, Palliative Medicine Fellowship Committee, Multidisciplinary Pain Committee, Professional Standards Committee, Ethics Committee, Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Oncology Palliative Care Education (iCope), Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and is Chairman for the Supportive Care Clinic Task Force.

Earnshaw is also a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine where she was recognized as one of the AAHPM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Inspirational Leaders Under 40 at the February 2015 Annual Assembly.

Prior to joining the faculty at UofL, Earnshaw received her Medical Degree in 2002 from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL. She completed both her Internal Medicine Residency and Palliative Medicine Fellowships at the University of Louisville.