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Division of General Internal Medicine Newsletter



  • GIM News
  • Donna L. Bishop, Editor
  • Next issue:
    December 2016
  • Submission deadline:
    November 18th, 2016
  • E-mail: Donna Bishop

Distinguished Service Professor

Robert Arnold, MD, was recently appointed Distinguished Service Professor by the University of Pittsburgh. This is in recognition of his distinctive contributions and outstanding service to the University community in support of its missions, as well as performance excellence and national stature in his field.

Dr. Arnold joined the Division of General Internal Medicine in 1988 and started the palliative care program in 1997. He is currently the Director of the Institute for Doctor-Patient Communication and Medical Director of the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute, where he works to develop system-wide, integrative palliative services throughout the UPMC health system. Dr. Arnold holds the Leo H. Creip Chair of Patient Care which emphasizes the importance of the doctor-patient relationship, particularly at the end of life.

Dr. Arnold has published hundreds of papers on ethical issues involving end-of-life care, doctor-patient communication and hospice and palliative care issues. His current research interests are focused on educational interventions to improve communication in life-limiting illnesses and better understanding how ethical precepts are operationalized in clinical practice.