Mission




Palliative care fellowship
gains funding

Three recent gifts to the Health Science Center will be used at the request of the donors to support a Palliative Medicine Fellowship under the direction of Meghan B. Gerety, MD, associate professor of medicine, and Barry D. Weiss, MD, professor and chairman and Dr. John M. Smith, Jr., Chair of Family Practice.

A $10,000 gift from San Antonio physician Dr. A. F. Malakoff, a $25,000 grant from VITAS Healthcare Corporation Fund at Dade Community Foundation in Florida and an anonymous gift of $50,000 will be used as seed money. Initially, the fellowship will have one physician. Plans are to have two fellows beginning in July.

According to Dr. Weiss, palliative care is aimed at reducing the symptoms and suffering from disease, and is a more compassionate approach rather than an aggressive approach to caring for the patient facing a terminal illness such as cancer, AIDS, emphysema and even some children’s diseases. "This is an emerging specialty as the aging population in this country grows," Dr. Weiss said.

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