Pallavi Kumar, MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine (Hematology-Oncology)
Attending, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Outpatient Palliative and Supportive Oncology Clinic , Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania
Director of Oncology Palliative Care, Penn Medicine
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Division of Hematology Oncology
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
10th Floor, South Pavilion
Office #10-200
3400 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-360-0737
Fax: 215-615-5122
BS (Accounting)
Binghamton University, 1999.
MD (Medicine)
Duke University, Durham NC, 2007.
MPH (Clinical Effectiveness)
Harvard School of Public Health, 2014.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

palliative medicine
thoracic oncology
gastrointestinal oncology

Description of Other Expertise

Serious Illness Care Program - faculty training and program implementation

Description of Research Expertise

Health Services Research - palliative care integration into oncology care
Health Services Research - serious illness communication

Selected Publications

Eric H Li, William Ferrell, Tamar Klaiman, Pallavi Kumar, Nina O'Connor, Lynn M Schuchter, Jinbo Chen, Mitesh S Patel, Christopher R Manz, Ravi B Parikh.: Impact of Behavioral Nudges on the Quality of Serious Illness Conversations Among Patients With Cancer: Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial. J Oncology Practice 18(4): e495-e503. Apr 2022.

Lauren Reed-Guy 1, Stephen P Miranda 2, Tyler D Alexander 2, Gregory Biggiani 2, M Sean Grady 2, Joshua A Jones 3, Stephen J Bagley 1, Pallavi Kumar 1, Nina R O'Connor 1: Serious Illness Communication Practices in Glioblastoma: An Institutional Perspective. J Palliat Med 25(2): 234-242, Feb 2022.

Samuel U Takvorian, Justin Bekelman, Rinad S Beidas, Robert Schnoll, Alicia B W Clifton, Tasnim Salam, Peter Gabriel, E Paul Wileyto, Callie A Scott, David A Asch, Alison M Buttenheim, Katharine A Rendle, Krisda Chaiyachati, Rachel C Shelton, Sue Ware, Corey Chivers, Lynn M Schuchter, Pallavi Kumar, Lawrence N Shulman Nina O'Connor, Adina Lieberman, Kelly Zentgraf, Ravi B Parikh.: Behavioral economic implementation strategies to improve serious illness communication between clinicians and high-risk patients with cancer: protocol for a cluster randomized pragmatic trial. Implement Sci 16(1): 90, Sep 2021.

Mathias Schlögl 1 2, Anand S Iyer 3 4 5 6, Florian Riese 7, David Blum 8, Lanier O'Hare 3, Tejaswini Kulkarni 3, Sophie Pautex 9, Jan Schildmann 10, Keith M Swetz 5 11, Pallavi Kumar 12, Christopher A Jones 13: Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Prognostication in Oncology, Dementia, Frailty, and Pulmonary Diseases. J Palliat Med 24(9): 1391-1397, Sep 2021.

Paladino J, Sanders J, Kilpatrick LB, Prabhakar R, Kumar P, O'Connor N, Durieux B, Fromme EK, Benjamin E, Mitchell S.: Serious Illness Care Programme-contextual factors and implementation strategies: a qualitative study. BMJ Support Palliat Care bmjspcare: 003401. Feb 15 2021.

Kumar P, Wixon-Genack J, Kavanagh J, Sanders JJ, Paladino J, O'Connor NR. : Serious Illness Conversations With Outpatient Oncology Clinicians: Understanding the Patient Experience. JCO Oncol Pract. 16(12): e1507-e1515, Aug 2020.

Perez GK, Gareen IF, Sicks J, Lathan C, Carr A, Kumar P, Ponzani C, Hyland K, Park ER. : Racial Differences in Smoking-related Disease Risk Perceptions Among Adults Completing Lung Cancer Screening: Follow-up Results from the ACRIN/NLST Ancillary Study. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 6(4): 676-685, Aug 2019.

Japuntich SJ, Kumar P, Pendergast JF, Juarez Caballero GY, Malin JL, Wallace RB, Chrischilles EA, Keating NL, Park ER. : Smoking Status and Survival Among a National Cohort of Lung and Colorectal Cancer Patients. Nicotine Tob Res. 21(4): 497-504, Mar 2019.

Orr AR, Lefler D, Deshpande C, Kumar P. : Extranodal Rosai-Dorfman Disease Presenting as a Mediastinal Mass with Pulmonary Artery Invasion. Case Rep Hematol. 12: 3915319, Apr 2018.

Kumar P, Wright AA, Hatfield LA, Temel JS, Keating NL. : Family Perspectives on Hospice Care Experiences of Patients with Cancer. J Clin Oncol. 35(4): 432-439, Feb 2017.

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Last updated: 03/05/2023
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