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Robert Arnold, MD

Robert M. Arnold, MD is a professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and in the University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law. He completed his medical school training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and residency at Rhode Island Hospital. Subsequently he has been on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2000, Dr. Arnold was named the first Leo H. Criep Chair of Patient Care. The chair emphasizes the importance of the doctor-patient relationship, particularly at the end of life. He is the director of the Institute for Doctor-Patient Communication and the medical director of the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute. He is clinically active in palliative care.

Dr. Arnold has published on end-of-life care, hospice and palliative care, doctor-patient communication, and ethics education. His current research interests are focused on educational interventions to improve communication in serious illnesses and better understand how ethical precepts are operationalized in clinical practice. He also is working with the UPMC Health System to develop systemwide, integrative palliative services throughout the health system. He is the past president of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities as well as the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

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Courses

Nausea and Vomiting

Identifying and managing nausea and vomiting for patients living with serious illness and their car…

Delivering Serious News

Communicating serious clinical news to patients and families.

Discussing Prognosis

How to discuss patient prognosis in a manner that is sensitive, clear, and supportive.

Clarifying Goals of Care

Strategies for eliciting patient goals and preferences to inform treatment decisions.

Conducting a Family Meeting

Communication techniques for an effective family meeting.

Advance Care Planning Conversations

How to initiate and conduct conversations about advance care planning.

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