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Elizabeth Kvale, M.D., MSPH

UT Health Austin Care Team Member

Southern Illinois University

MSPH, Health Behavior
University of Alabama at Birmingham


Residency, Family and Community
University of Missouri

Fellowship, Palliative Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham


Elizabeth Kvale, M.D., MSPH, is the director of the Supportive Care and Survivorship Program and medical director of the cancer treatment program at Livestrong Cancer Institutes. She is leading the team implementing the CaLM model of clinical care.

Kvale is also an associate professor of medicine at Dell Medical School and the section chief of palliative care. She is responsible for building the program of research in palliative medicine and developing training programs for future health care professionals, including a new palliative care fellowship.

Prior to joining Dell Medical School, Kvale built an innovative supportive care program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham that was singled out as a model program by the Center to Advance Palliative Care. Kvale’s research programs have also focused on developing novel models of delivering health care to people living with serious illness. She led the palliative core in the successful PatientCareConnect CMS Innovation program noted to “improve end-of-life quality, reduce utilization and spending” in Health Affairs (2017). She was also a founding medical director for the national home-based palliative care company Aspire Health and remains committed to developing the role of market forces in the dissemination of high-quality care to people living with serious illness.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    Research Committee, 2012-2014; Leadership Development Committee, 2014-2015; Quality Committee, 2016-Present
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network
    Survivorship Guidelines Writing Committee, 2012-2017
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network
    Palliative Care Panel, 2004-2017
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
    Test Writing Committee on Hospice and Palliative Care, 2017-Present
  • American Academy of Family Practice
Awards & Honors
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care
    Fellow, 2016
  • Circle of Life Award Citation of Merit
    American Hospital Association, 2014
  • Summer Research Institute
    NIA, 2007
  • Leadership Education and Development (LEAP)
    American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2009
  • William C. Bailey Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention & Control Research