Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

Yael Schenker, MD, MS

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Assistant Professor of Medicine

Office: 230 McKee Place, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 
Phone: 412-864-2375
Fax: 412-692-4838
E-mail: schenkery@upmc.edu

Education
AB, Harvard University, 1995
MD, University of California, San Francisco, 2004
MS in Clinical Research, University of California, San Francisco, 2010

Training
Internship, University of California, San Francisco, 2005
Residency, University of California, San Francisco, 2007
Fellowship in General Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 2010

Area of Specialization/Research Interest  
Integration of palliative care services for patients with advanced cancer
Surrogate decision making
Cross-cultural communication
Language barriers
Informed consent
Racial/ethnic differences in end-of-life care
Healthcare advertising
 

Profile
Dr. Schenker joined the faculty of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics in 2010. She is an affiliate faculty member in the Center for Bioethics and Health Law and a member of the Biobehavioral Medicine in Oncology Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Center. She has received funding from the National Palliative Care Research Center, the University of Pittsburgh Clinical Research Scholars (KL2) program and the National Cancer Institute. She is conducting a study to evaluate the integration of palliative care services in the multidisciplinary approach to patients with advanced cancer.

Recent Grants
Title: Surrogate Storytelling
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
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Funding Agency: National Palliative Care Research Center
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2014
Title: Junior Scholar Award
Role: Principal Investigator
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Funding Agency: Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2013
Title: Integration of Palliative Care Services in the Multidisciplinary Approach to Patients with Advanced Cancer
Role: Principal Investigator
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Funding Agency: University of Pittsburgh Clinical Research Scholars Program
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2016
Title: The Quality of Cross-Cultural Communication about End-of-Life Issues with Seriously Ill African American Patients
Role: Principal Investigator
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Funding Agency: National Palliative Care Research Center
Start Year: 2010
End Year: 2012
Title: Communication in Oncologist-Patient Encounters: A Patient Intervention
Role: Site-Principal Investigator
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Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute
Start Year: 2009
End Year: 2014

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications
Title: Development of a post-intensive care unit storytelling intervention for surrogates involved in decisions to limit life sustaining treatment
Author(s): Yael Schenker, MD, MAS, Mary Amanda Dew, PhD, Charles Reynold, MD, Robert Arnold, MD, Greer Tiver, MPH, Amber Barnato, MD
Year: 2014
Journal: Palliative and Supportive Care
Volume: Feb 13
Page(s): 1-13
Title: The Ethics of Advertising for Healthcare Services
Author(s): Yael Schenker, MD, MAS, Robert Arnold, MD, Alex John London, PhD
Year: 2014
Journal: American Journal of Bioethics
Volume: 14(3)
Page(s): 34-43
Title: Does it matter what you call it? A randomized trial of language used to describe palliative care services.
Author(s): Maciasz RM, Arnold RM, Chu E, Park SY, White DB, Vater LB, Schenker Y
Year: 2013
Journal: Supportive Care in Cancer
Volume: 12
Page(s): 3411-9
Title: Discussion of treatment trials in intensive care
Author(s): Schenker Y, Tiver GA, Hong SY, White DB
Year: 2013
Journal: Journal of Critical Care
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Title: “It hurts to know . . . and it helps”: exploring how surrogates in the ICU cope with prognostic information
Author(s): Schenker Y, White DB, Crowley-Matoka M, Dohan D, Tiver GA, Arnold RM
Year: 2013
Journal: Journal of Palliative Medicine
Volume: 16
Page(s): 243-9
Title: Oncologist Factors that Influence Referral to subspecialty palliative care clinics
Author(s): Yael Schenker, MD, MAS, Megan Crowley-Matoka, PhD, Daniel Dohan, PhD, Michael Rabow, MD, Cardinale Smith, MD, Douglas B White, MD, MAS, Edward Chu, MD, Greer Tiver, MPH, Sara Einhorn
Year: 2013
Journal: Journal of Oncology Practice
Volume: 2013 Dec 13 [E pub ahead of print]
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Title: “I don’t want to be the one saying we should just let him die”: intrapersonal tensions experienced by surrogate decision makers in the ICU
Author(s): Schenker Y, Crowley-Matoka M, Dohan D, Tiver GA, Arnold RM, White DB
Year: 2012
Journal: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Volume: 12
Page(s): 1657-65
Title: "Her Husband Doesn't Speak Much English": Conducting a Family Meeting with an Interpreter
Author(s): Schenker Y, Smith AK, Arnold RM, Fernandez A
Year: 2012
Journal: Journal of Palliative Medicine
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Title: Health Care System Distrust in the Intensive Care Unit
Author(s): Schenker Y, White DB, Asch DA, Kahn JM
Year: 2012
Journal: Journal of Critical Care
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Title: Association between physicians' beliefs and the option of comfort care for critically ill patients
Author(s): Schenker Y, Tiver GA, Hong S, White DB
Year: 2012
Journal: Intensive Care Medicine
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