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Faculty Detail    
Associate Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics
Program Director, Palliative Medicine Fellowship
Education Core Leader, Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics & Palliative Care
Campus Address SRC 152A
Other websites UAB Center for Palliative & Supportive Care
UAB Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program

Undergraduate  University of Virginia School of Engineering & Applied Science    2002  BS, Engineering Science/Biomedical Engineering 
Medical School  University of Kentucky College of Medicine    2006  MD 
Residency  University of Alabama at Birmingham    2010  Internal Medicine-Pediatrics 
Fellowship  University of Pittsburgh Medical Center    2011  Hospice & Palliative Medicine 
Graduate  University of Pittsburgh    2012  MS, Medical Education 

Diplomate, American Board of Pediatrics  2010 
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine  2011 
Diplomate, American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine  2012 

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

Biographical Sketch 
Dr. Barnett is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Having previously completed a residency in combined Internal Medicine & Pediatrics and a fellowship in Palliative Care for both children and adults, he now attends on the palliative care services at UAB and Children’s of Alabama. He is the Director of the UAB Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program and is the Core Leader for Education for the UAB Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics & Palliative Care. He has been a faculty consultant in communication skills for the United States Medical Licensing Clinical Skills exam and is a senior faculty facilitator for the national VITALtalk communication skills program. He developed and leads UAB ACT (Advanced Communication Training), an interprofessional communication skills program for UAB Medicine. He has presented at the national meetings of the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, the National Black Nurses Association, and at the Veterans Affairs National Center for Ethics in Health Care. Dr. Barnett is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Hospice & Palliative Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, the American College of Physicians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
American College of Physicians  Fellow (FACP)   
American Academy of Pediatrics  Fellow (FAAP)   
American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Hospice & Palliative Medicine  Member   
American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine  Fellow (FAAHPM)   

Research/Clinical Interest
Communication Skills Training in Medical Education | Interprofessional Education in Palliative Care

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Barnett MD. Book and Media Reviews. From dark night to gentle surrender: On the ethics and spirituality
of hospice care. JAMA. 2011; 305(22):2354-5. 
Boss RD, Urban A, Barnett MD, Arnold RM. Neonatal critical care communication (NC3): Training NICU
physicians and nurse practitioners. J Perinatol. 2013; 33(8):642-6. 
Hwang J, Barnett MD, Klick J. From competencies to EPAs and milestones: A look into how pediatric
HPM is influencing the innovation of education and training in the field of HPM. AAP Section on Hospice
& Palliative Medicine Newsletter, December 2014:1-12. 
Morrison LJ, Landzaat LH, Barnett MD, Buckholz GT, Gustin JL, Hwang JM, Levine SK, Okon T,
Radwany S, Yang HB. Hospice & Palliative Medicine Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs). American Academy of Hospice & Palliative
Medicine, HPM Curricular Milestones/EPAs Workgroup; published November 3, 2015. 
Barnett MD, Williams BR, Tucker RO. Sudden advanced illness: An emerging concept among palliative
care and surgical critical care physicians. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2016; 33(4):321-6. 
Barnett MD, Maurer SH, Wood GJ. Pediatric palliative care pilot curriculum: Impact of “pain cards” on
resident education. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2016; 33(9):829-33. 
Swetz KM, Barnett MD, Kamal AH, Mansel JK. Physician aid in dying in the US South: What does the
future hold? Southern Medical Journal. 2017;110(1):9-10.