Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of General Internal Medicine

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photo Yael Schenker, MD, MAS

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Director, Palliative Care Research


Phone: 412-864-2375

Office: 230 McKee Place, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-864-2375
Fax: 412-692-4838
Administrative Assistant:
Annamarie Turner
Phone: 412-692-2659
Education and Training
AB, Harvard University, 1995
MD, University of California, San Francisco, 2004
MAS, Clinical Research, University of California, San Francisco, 2010
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
Research Interest
Since joining the Department of Medicine in 2010, Dr. Schenker has collaborated on numerous palliative care research projects. Her primary focus is understanding and improving provision of primary palliative care in oncology. Using mixed methods, her work has uncovered barriers to receipt of specialty palliative and led to the development and evaluation of a nurse-led primary palliative care intervention called CONNECT. Dr. Schenker has also published widely on topics including surrogate decision making, informed consent, healthcare advertising, and language barriers.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Schenker practices primary care and palliative care.
Educational Interest
As Director of Palliative Care Research, Dr. Schenker mentors numerous medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. She also directs Research Methods in Palliative Care, offered through the Institute for Clinical Research Education.
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Selected Publications:
Yael Schenker, MD, MAS, Mary Amanda Dew, PhD, Charles Reynold, MD, Robert Arnold, MD, Greer Tiver, MPH, Amber Barnato, MD. Development of a post-intensive care unit storytelling intervention for surrogates involved in decisions to limit life sustaining treatment. Palliative and Supportive Care. 2015; 13: 451-463.
Yael Schenker, MD, MAS, Robert Arnold, MD, Alex John London, PhD. The Ethics of Advertising for Healthcare Services. American Journal of Bioethics. 2014; 14(3): 34-43.
Schenker Y, Park SY, Maciasz RM, Arnold RM. Do patients with advanced cancer and unmet palliative care needs have an interest in receiving palliative care services. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2014; 17: 667-672.
Vater LB, Arnold RM, Donohue JM, White DB, Chu E, Schenker Y. What are Cancer Centers Advertising to the Public?: A Content Analysis. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2014; 160: 813-820.
Jordan AE, Malhotra S, Maree RD, Schenker Y, Arnold RM, Reynelds Cf. Depression in older adults: A palliative medicine perspective. Harvard Review of Psychiatry. 2015; 23: 343-353.
Schenker Y, White D, Rosenzwieg M, Chu E, Moore C, Ellis P, Nikolajski P, Ford C, Tiver G, McCarthy L, Arnold RM. Care management by oncology nurses to address palliative care needs: A pilot trial to assess feasibility, acceptability and perceived effectiveness of the CONNECT intervention. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2015; 18: 232-240.
LeBlanc T, O'Connell JD, Crowley-Matoka M, Rabow MW, Smith CB, White DB, Tiver GA, Arnold RM, Schenker Y. Perceptions of palliative care among hematologic malignancy specialists: a mixed-methods study. Journal of Oncology Practice. 2015; 11: e230-e238.
Nunez ER, Schenker Y, Joel ID, Reynolds CV, Dew MA, Arnold RM, Barnato AE. Acutely-bereaved surrogates’ stories about the decision to limit life support in the ICU. Critical Care Medicine. 2015; 43: 2387-2393.
Schenker Y, Arnold RM, Bauman JE, Heron DE, Johnson JT. An enhanced role for palliative care in the multidisciplinary approach to high-risk head and neck cancer. Cancer. 2015; 22: 340-343.
Schenker, Y, Arnold, RM. The next era of palliative care. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2015; 314: 1565-1566.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Role: Scholar
Funding Agency: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Grant Number: KL2 TR000146
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2016
Notable Achievements
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Early Career Investigator Award, 2016
LEAD Scholar, Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine, 2015
Invited Speaker, Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Informed Consent and Health Literacy, Washington, DC, 2014
Junior Scholar Award, Population-Based Cancer Research, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, 2014
Hamolsky Award Finalist, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2012
Junior Scholar Award, Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 2011