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Faculty Detail    
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Medical Director, UAB Inpatient Palliative & Supportive Care Team
Campus Address SRC 152A
Phone  (205) 975-8197
Other websites UAB Center for Palliative & Supportive Care
COA Palliative & Supportive Care Team

Undergraduate  Baylor University    2001  B. A., University Scholars Major with emphasis in Medical Humanities 
Medical School  University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine     2006  Doctor of Medicine 
Residency  University of Alabama at Birmingham    2010  Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 
Fellowship  University of Alabama at Birmingham    2011  Hospice & Palliative Medicine 

Diplomate, American Board of Pediatrics  2010 
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine  2010 
Diplomate, American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine  2012 
Certificate in Healthcare Management  2014 
Certificate in Healthcare Quality & Safety  2015 
UAB Healthcare Leadership Academy  2017 

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Secondary  Pediatrics   Ped - General Pediatrics Assistant Professor
Primary  Medicine  Med-Gerontology/Geriatrics/Palliative Care Associate Professor
Center  Medicine  Ctr for Palliative & Supportive Care Associate Professor

Biographical Sketch 
Ashley C. Nichols, MD, grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. She attended Baylor University where she received her undergraduate degree as a University Scholars major with an emphasis in Medical Humanities and spent her non-academic time working for Young Life Ministries. She then entered University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas for her graduate studies where she was probably best known for her musical role in their senior film. During her time in medical school, her interest in palliative care prompted a summer fellowship through the American Medical Student Association in End of Life Care. Her residency training in Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics brought her to the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2006. She completed her training in 2010 and subsequently stayed for her fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine as our first fellow with an emphasis in pediatrics. Graduating in 2011, she joined our clinical faculty in July at the UAB Center for Supportive and Palliative Care with roles on both our inpatient service and in our outpatient Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic as well as at Children's of Alabama on their Palliative & Supportive Care Team. Additionally, she works as an embedded palliative care provider in a multidisciplinary muscular dystrophy clinic in which she also serves as camp doctor each summer. In December of 2012, she became Medical Director for inpatient palliative services at UAB and serves on our Palliative Care Leadership Center team; in addition, she directs our Clinical Training Academy and serves as our Medical Student Education Coordinator.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine  member 
American Academy of Pediatrics  member 
American Medical Association  member 

Research/Clinical Interest
Integrating palliative care in chronic pediatric illness, specifically muscular dystrophy. Education efforts in palliative care and medical humanities.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Nichols MD, Ashley C. and Rodney Tucker, MD. Unipac 4: Management of Selected Non-Pain Symptoms of Life-Limiting Illness. Ed: C. Porter Storey, MD. Glenview, IL: American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2012.