Marie Bakitas, DNSc, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN Professor & Marie L. O’Koren Endowed Chair, School of Nursing Co-Director, UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care & the Southeast Institute for Innovation in Palliative and Supportive Care at UAB
Marie Bakitas is professor, Marie L. O’ Koren endowed chair, School of Nursing & co-Director, Center for Palliative & Supportive Care, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She has participated in or led over 50 clinical trials in symptom management & early palliative care. She has developed innovative methods, such as tele-health & tele-consultation, to reduce health disparities for Deep South rural & minority cancer patients & family caregivers through an implementation trial. She is also collaborating with colleagues in Turkey, Honduras, and Singapore to adapt ENABLE for these cultures. She has extended this work to advanced heart failure patients and their family via a recently completed NINR-funded R01 “ENABLE: CHF-PC: RCT of a Concurrent Heart Failure Palliative Care Intervention for Rural, Older Adults and their Caregivers”.
Dr. Bakitas has published over 100 original data-based papers, book chapters and books. Among her research & mentoring awards are the 2015 Friends of the NINR Path-Paver Award, 2016 HPNA Distinguished Researcher Award, the UAB Minority Health Research 2016 Charles Barkley Excellence in Mentoring Award & the Dean’s Excellence in Mentoring Award.
Dr. Bakitas received her ADN & BSN from the University of Bridgeport, MS in rehabilitation/oncology nursing from Boston University, post-master’s certification as an adult nurse practitioner from the University of New Hampshire, & doctoral degree (DNSc) & post-doctoral fellowship from Yale University. She is certified in Adult Health, Hospice & Palliative Care & Oncology.