• Dr. Perna is the lead physician for Aspire Health in the greater Birmingham area. He also serves as the Medical Director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Team at Children’s of Alabama. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine the University of Alabama – Birmingham with secondary academic appointments in Nursing and Pediatrics. Dr. Perna is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He is board certified in both Family Practice and Hospice & Palliative Medicine.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Life after loss: Parent bereavement and coping experiences after infant death in the neonatal intensive care unitDeath Studies.  43:333-342. 2019
    2018 Seizing the Opportunity: Exploring Barriers to Use of Transmucosal Midazolam in Hospice PatientsJournal of Palliative Medicine.  21:674-677. 2018
    2016 Parent Perspectives of Neonatal Intensive Care at the End-of-LifeJournal of Pediatric Nursing.  31:478-489. 2016

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Osteopathy in Osteopathic Medicine / Osteopathy, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences 2003
  • Broward General Medical Center, Internship 2004
  • Broward General Medical Center, Residency 2006
  • UAB Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2009
  • Full Name

  • Samuel Perna