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photo Jane Schell, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Email: schelljo@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-692-4834

Contact
Office: UPMC Montefiore - 933 West
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 
Phone: 412-692-4834
Fax: 412-692-4315
E-mail: schelljo@upmc.edu
Education and Training
Education
BS, University of South Alabama, 2000
MD, University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham, 2005
MHS, Clinical Research Training Program, Duke University, 2011
Training
Internal Medicine Residency, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2008
Nephrology Fellowship, Duke University, 2011
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, Duke University, 2012
Research Interest
Dr. Schell’s research centers on physician communication skills training. She has developed and measured outcomes for a communication curriculum for nephrology fellows on palliative care topics.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Schell is a clinician educator who focuses on palliative care and nephrology.
Educational Interest
Dr. Schell joined the University in 2012 as a clinician-educator within Palliative Medicine and Nephrology. Focused on improving the experience of patients living with kidney disease, Dr. Schell has pursued this interest through educational curricula development and clinical care. She has developed a renal supportive care clinic for kidney disease patients with palliative care needs.

Dr. Schell’s academic and educational work centers on communication and provider-patient relationship. Dr. Schell has received funding through the American Society of Nephrology to develop and evaluate curriculum for nephrology fellows within palliative care. She has developed an annual communication training for nephrology fellows called NephroTalk that teaches skills in dialysis decision-making and end of life. This training has been adapted and taught for national audiences as well as practicing nephrologists.

During her career, Dr. Schell has published peer-reviewed articles within the topic of palliative care and nephrology in high-impact articles. Dr. Schell is an active participant in national organizations within palliative care and education including American Society of Nephrology, American Kidney Foundation and the Coalition for the Supportive Care of Kidney Patients.
Publications
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Selected Publications:
Schell, J.O., Green, J.A., Tulsky, J.A., Arnold, R.M. Communication skills training for dialysis decision-making and end-of-life care in nephrology. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2013; 8(4): 675-80.
Schell, J.O., Da Silva-Gane, M., Germain, M.J. Recent insights into life expectancy with and without dialysis. Current Opinions in Nephrology and Hypertension. 2013; 22(2): 185-92.
Schell, J.O., O'Hare, A.M. Illness trajectories and their relevance to the care of adults with kidney disease. Current Opinions in Nephrology and Hypertension. 2013; 22(3): 316-24.
Schell, J.O., Holley, J.L. Opportunities to improve end-of-life care in ESRD. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2013; 8(12): 2028-30.
Schell, J.O., Arnold, R.M. What are the ill effects of chronic dialysis? The benefits of a second conversation: how experience influences decision-making. Seminars in Dialysis. 2014; 27(1): 21-2.
Schell, J.O., Bova-Collis, R., Eneanya, N.D. An interdisciplinary approach to dialysis decision-making in the CKD patient with depression. Advances in Chronic Kidney Diseas. 2014; 21(4): 385-91.
Schell, J.O., Cohen, R.A. A communication framework for dialysis decision-making for frail elderly patients. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2014; 9(11): 2014-21.
Koncicki, H.M., Schell, J.O. Communication Skills and Decision Making for Elderly Patients With Advanced Kidney Disease: A Guide for Nephrologists. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2015; 67(4): 688-95.
Cohen, R.A., Jackson, V.A., Norwich, D., Schell, J.O., Schaefer, K., Ship, A.N., Sullivan, A.M. A Nephrology Fellows' Communication Skills Course: An Educational Quality Improvement Report. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2016.
Hall, R.K., Haines, C., Gorbatkin, S.M., Schlanger, L., Shaban, H., Schell, J.O., Gurley, S.B., Colon-Emeric, C.S., Bowling, C.B. Incorporating Geriatric Assessment into a Nephrology Clinic: Preliminary Data from Two Models of Care. Journal of American Geriatric Society. 2016.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Train the Trainer
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: American Society of Nephrology
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2015
Title: A Communication Curriculum on Advance Care Planning for Nephrology Fellows
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: ASN Foundation for Kidney Research
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016
Notable Achievements
Duke Fellow Teaching Award, 2009
The Norman D. Anderson, M.D. Award for Ambulatory Care, 2008
The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, 2005
American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Citation, 2005
Sarah F. Davis Award, 2005