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Paul Tatum, M.D.


Paul Tatum is a clinician educator who joined the faculty of Dell Medical School in 2018 to create a fellowship training program in hospice and palliative medicine.

Tatum was previously on faculty at the University of Missouri, where he started the palliative medicine fellowship program and where he was a member of the national Medical Director Advisory Council for Compassus hospice and palliative medicine.

As a geriatrician and palliative care physician, Tatum has been a Geriatric Academic Career Award recipient, and he is a board member for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). He is also engaged in work to define quality care in patients with serious illness. He serves on the quality committee of the American Geriatrics Society and as a member of the Geriatrics and Palliative Care working group of the National Quality Forum. In 2019 he was named to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Technical Expert Clinician User and Patient Panel to partner with the AAHPM and RAND to define outpatient palliative care quality measures.

As a clinician educator, Tatum works to ensure that all clinicians have the skills to provide basic palliative care to patients with serious illness, and he is especially interested in the training of primary care physicians to deliver frontline palliative care.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    Board Member At Large, 2016-present
  • American Geriatrics Society
Awards & Honors
  • Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards, Mid-Career,
    Hastings Center, 2016