Division of Palliative Care


Name: John Liantonio, MD, MBA, HMDC, FAAHPM
  • Director, Division of Palliative Care
  • Professor
Position: Department of Family & Community Medicine


Deliver high quality palliative medicine and supportive care across all domains of healthcare.


Reimagine care for patients with serious illness through advocacy, superior clinical care, academic excellence, and community collaboration.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness.  This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness.  The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative Medicine providers specialize in communication, establishing goals of care, advance care planning, and pain and symptom management.

Education & Research

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program – Fellowship Director, John Liantonio, MD. Our Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program has two fellows per year. The fellows see patients at Jefferson University Hospital as well as in our outpatient clinics, long term care settings, and in the community with our multiple hospice partners.

Research: Our Division is committed to excellence in research in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Please see our current list of Division research and scholarly activities for more information.

The Division of Palliative Care Clinical Programs


Palliative Care In-Patient Consultation Service – this interprofessional team includes: physicians, nurse practitioners and a social worker.  This team provides consultation at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Jefferson Hospital for Neurosciences.  This team is dedicated to providing consulting teams and patients/families with outstanding communication and recommendations regarding pain and symptom management.

The Neu Center for Supportive Medicine and Cancer Survivorship – this Center is dedicated to the provision of outpatient palliative care for the Department of Medical Oncology and the Kimmel Cancer Center.