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Dio Kavalieratos, PhD


Assistant Professor of Medicine

Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics

Office: 230 McKee Place
Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-246-6929

PhD, Health Policy & Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012
BPhil, Politics & Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh Honors College, 2008

AHRQ NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC, 2012
AHRQ NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship, RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute, 2014

Area of Specialization/Research Interest  
Palliative and hospice care
Patient-reported outcomes and measures
Patient-centered outcomes research
Health IT integration
Patient and provider decision-making
Qualitative methods

Dio Kavalieratos, PhD, earned his doctorate in Health Policy/Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Kavalieratos’ research uses mixed-methods approaches to identify palliative needs among individuals living with serious cardiopulmonary illness, and helps to develop patient-centered models of palliative care to improve patient, family, and systems outcomes. Dr. Kavalieratos was awarded the 2013 Young Investigator Award by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is a member of the Scientific Subcommittee of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and he serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Public Health.

Recent Grants
Title: Improving Heart Failure Patient Experiences via Electronic Patient-Reported Outcomes
Role: Principal Investigator, K12 Scholar
Funding Agency: University of Pittsburgh PCOR Scholars Program, supported by AHRQ
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2017
Title: Engaging Patients, Caregivers, and Clinicians To Identify a Patient-Centered Model of Heart Failure Palliative Care
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount: $153,999
Funding Agency: National Palliative Care Research Center (Junior Faculty Career Development Grants)
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016
Title: Engaging Patients and Clinicians to Identify a Patient-Centered Model of Supportive Care in Gynecologic Oncology
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Amount: 16,680
Funding Agency: Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2015
Title: Development of an Embedded Palliative Care Program
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2017

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications
Title: “Not the ‘grim reaper service’”: An assessment of provider knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions regarding palliative care referral barriers in heart failure
Author(s): Kavalieratos D, Mitchell EM, Carey TS, Dev S, Abernethy AP, Biddle AK, Reeve BB, Weinberger M
Year: 2014
Journal: Journal of the American Heart Association
Volume: 3
Page(s): e544
Title: Comparing unmet needs of community-based palliative care patients with heart failure and cancer
Author(s): Kavalieratos D, Kamal AH, Abernethy AP, Biddle AK, Carey TS, Dev S, Reeve BB, Weinberger M
Year: 2014
Journal: Journal of Palliative Medicine
Volume: 17
Page(s): 475
Title: Understanding pharmacists’ experiences with advice-giving in the community pharmacy setting: a focus group study
Author(s): Yon AS, McClurg MR, Vu M, Kavalieratos D, Weinberger M, Rao JK
Year: 2012
Journal: Patient Educ Couns
Volume: Epub ahead of print
Page(s): doi:10.1016/j.pec.2012.08.011
Title: Palliative care needs of cancer patients in the community
Author(s): Kamal AH, Bull J, Kavalieratos D, Taylor DH, Downey W, Abernethy AP
Year: 2011
Journal: J Oncol Pract
Volume: 7
Page(s): 382-388
Title: Advice from complementary and alternative medicine retailers and pharmacists to consumers with undiagnosed symptoms of diabetes
Author(s): Kavalieratos D, Weinberger M, Rao JK
Year: 2010
Journal: J Gen Intern Med
Volume: 25
Page(s): 799-802
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