• Rodney O. Tucker, MD, MMM, FAAHPM, was born in Gadsden, Alabama and attended Litchfield High School graduating in 1980. He then attended UAB and received his undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Social Work in 1984. After a year of graduate work at UAB, he entered the University of Alabama School of Medicine and graduated in 1989. Dr. Tucker served an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Carraway Methodist Medical Center from 1989-1992 and then served as Chief Resident from 1992-1993. At that time he entered private practice in Internal Medicine at Medical Center East in Birmingham where he practiced until December of 2001.

    Dr. Tucker joined the Center for Palliative and Supportive Care at UAB in January of 2002. Dr. Tucker is currently serving as Director for the Center for Palliative and Supportive Care since 2013, the Ritchie Endowed Chair since 2016 and the Chief Experience Officer for UAB Medicine since 2013. Over the 6 years prior to joining the Center, Dr. Tucker also served as the Medical Director for Alacare Home Health and Hospice. He is board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine and his interests include palliative care in chronic illnesses such as heart failure and HIV. Dr. Tucker is also interested in the delivery of healthcare and the systems involved in providing comprehensive palliative care across settings.
    Dr. Tucker likes to travel to warm climates and is an avid collector of American art, pottery and works by local artists.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2020 Community Tele-pal: A community-developed, culturally based palliative care tele-consult randomized controlled trial for African American and White Rural southern elders with a life-limiting illnessTrials.  21. 2020
    2020 A Qualitative Study of Pulmonary and Palliative Care Clinician Perspectives on Early Palliative Care in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary DiseaseJournal of Palliative Medicine.  23:513-526. 2020
    2020 Effects of a Telehealth Early Palliative Care Intervention for Family Caregivers of Persons With Advanced Heart Failure: The ENABLE CHF-PC Randomized Clinical TrialJAMA Network Open.  3:e202583. 2020
    2020 Forging a new frontier: Providing palliative care to people with cancer in rural and remote areasJournal of Clinical Oncology.  38:963-973. 2020
    2020 Effect of an Early Palliative Care Telehealth Intervention vs Usual Care on Patients with Heart Failure: The ENABLE CHF-PC Randomized Clinical TrialJAMA Internal Medicine2020
    2019 A formative evaluation of patient and family caregiver perspectives on early palliative care in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease across disease severityAnnals of the American Thoracic Society.  16:1024-1033. 2019
    2018 Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends Comprehensive Heartcare for Patients and Caregivers (ENABLE CHF-PC): Study protocol for a randomized controlled trialTrials.  19. 2018
    2018 Palliative care leadership centers are key to the diffusion of palliative care innovationHealth Affairs.  37:231-239. 2018
    2018 What happens during early outpatient palliative care consultations for persons with newly diagnosed advanced cancer? A qualitative analysis of provider documentationPalliative Medicine.  32:59-68. 2018
    2016 Sudden Advanced Illness: An Emerging Concept Among Palliative Care and Surgical Critical Care Physicians 2016
    2015 Advance care planning and HIV infection in the era of antiretroviral therapy: A reviewTopics in antiviral medicine.  23:174-180. 2015
    2015 Discharge hospice referral and lower 30-day all-cause readmission in medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for heart failureCirculation: Heart Failure.  8:733-740. 2015
    2014 Low Back Pain and Associated Imaging Findings among HIV-Infected Patients Referred to an HIV/Palliative Care ClinicPain Medicine.  15:418-424. 2014
    2013 Characteristics of an ambulatory palliative care clinic for HIV-infected patientsJournal of Palliative Medicine.  16:934-937. 2013
    2013 The role of palliative care in the current HIV treatment era in developed countriesTopics in antiviral medicine.  21:20-26. 2013
    2009 Surgeons' attitudes and practices in the utilization of palliative and supportive care services for patients with a sudden advanced illnessJournal of Palliative Medicine.  12:1037-1042. 2009
    2008 A letter to Austyn.Journal of Palliative Medicine.  11:1042. 2008
    2007 Developing initial competency-based outcomes for the hospice and palliative medicine subspecialist: Phase I of the hospice and palliative medicine competencies projectJournal of Palliative Medicine.  10:313-330. 2007


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    2012 What Can Be Done for Patients With Crisis Dyspnea?.  402-406. 2012
    2012 What Techniques Can Be Used in the Hospital or Home Setting to Best Manage Uncontrollable Bleeding?.  398-401. 2012

    Research Overview

  • Provision of palliative care services across health care settings
    Palliative care in heart failure and HIV populations
    Complementary and integrative therapies in palliative care
    Patient experience in health care
  • Teaching Activities

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Alabama 1989
  • Physicians Medical Center Carraway, Residency 1993
  • Full Name

  • Rodney Tucker
  • Fax

  • 205-975-8173