Mark P. Pfeifer, M.D.

Mark P. Pfeifer, M.D.

Mark P. Pfeifer, M.D.

  • Professor of Medicine
  • V.V. Cooke Chair of Medicine
550 South Jackson Street, Ste. A3K00
Louisville, KY 40202

502-852-7040 - 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 at Chapel Hill

Featured Publications

  • Schapmire TJ, Bell J, Pfeifer MP. The Improved Health Outcomes Program (iHOP): A Unique Model to Promote Provider-Driven Research in a Medicaid Population. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Jul 14;17(14):5079. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17145079. PMID: 32674444; PMCID: PMC7400159.
  • Pfeifer M, Head BA. Which Critical Communication Skills Are Essential for Interdisciplinary End-of-Life Discussions? AMA J Ethics. 2018 Aug 1;20(8):E724-731. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2018.724. PMID: 30118422.
  • Head BA, Furman CD, Lally AM, Leake K, Pfeifer M. Medicine as It Should Be: Teaching Team and Teamwork during a Palliative Care Clerkship. J Palliat Med. 2018 May;21(5):638-644. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2017.0589. Epub 2018 Jan 17. PMID: 29341818; PMCID: PMC5946723.
  • Head BA, Schapmire T, Earnshaw L, Faul A, Hermann C, Jones C, Martin A, Shaw MA, Woggon F, Ziegler C, Pfeifer M. Erratum to: Evaluation of an Interdisciplinary Curriculum Teaching Team-Based Care Integration in Oncology. J Cancer Educ. 2016 Mar;31(1):181. doi: 10.1007/s13187-015-0971-4. Erratum for: J Cancer Educ. 2016 Jun;31(2):358-65. PMID: 26740215.
  • Head BA, Schapmire TJ, Earnshaw L, Chenault J, Pfeifer M, Sawning S, Shaw MA. Improving medical graduates' training in palliative care: advancing education and practice. Adv Med Educ Pract. 2016 Feb 24;7:99-113. doi: 10.2147/AMEP.S94550. PMID: 26955298; PMCID: PMC4772917.
  • Pfeifer MP, Keeney C, Bumpous J, Schapmire TJ, Studts JL, Myers J, Head B. Impact of a telehealth intervention on quality of life and symptom distress in patients with head and neck cancer. J Community Support Oncol. 2015 Jan;13(1):14-21. doi: 10.12788/jcso.0101. PMID: 25839061; PMCID: PMC6935317.
  • Head BA, Schapmire T, Hermann C, Earnshaw L, Faul A, Jones C, Kayser K, Martin A, Shaw MA, Woggon F, Pfeifer M. The Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Oncology Palliative Care Education (iCOPE): meeting the challenge of interprofessional education. J Palliat Med. 2014 Oct;17(10):1107-14. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2014.0070. Epub 2014 Jun 27. PMID: 24972279; PMCID: PMC4195248.
  • 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. 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. PMID: 21626046.
  • 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. doi: 10.1016/j.suponc.2010.12.006. PMID: 21499540; PMCID: PMC3074232.