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photo Dio Kavalieratos, PhD

General Internal Medicine

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics

Director of Implementation Research, UPMC Palliative & Supportive Institute


Phone: 412-246-6929

Office: 230 McKee Place
Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-246-6929
Education and Training
PhD, Health Policy & Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012
BPhil, Politics & Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh Honors College, 2008
AHRQ NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC, 2012
AHRQ NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship, RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute, 2014
Research Interest
Dr. Kavalieratos is a health services researcher whose work focuses on development, evaluation, and implementation of innovative, scalable, patient-centered models of palliative care in serious cardiopulmonary illness. Dr. Kavalieratos has expertise in qualitative methods, patient-reported outcomes, and evidence synthesis. Dr. Kavalieratos received the 2013 Young Investigator Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), and he serves as Chair of the AAHPM’s Scientific Subcommittee. Dr. Kavalieratos’ work has been supported by the National Palliative Care Research Center (Career Development Award, 2014), AHRQ (K12, 2014), the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Pilot Study Grant, 2014), and NHLBI (K01, 2016). His research has appeared in journals such as JAMA, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the Journal of the American Heart Association, the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, and Heart, among others. His work has been featured or he has been quoted by media outlets including Reuters, Fox News, STAT (Boston Globe), and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Dr. Kavalieratos is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Palliative Medicine, and serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Public Health.
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Selected Publications:
Kavalieratos, D., Gelfman, L.P., Tycon, L.E., Riegel, B., Bekelman, D.B., Ikejiani, D.Z., Goldstein, N., Kimmel, S.E., Bakitas, M.A., Arnold, R.M. Palliative Care in Heart Failure: Rationale, Evidence, and Future Priorities. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2017; 70(15): 1919-1930.
Kavalieratos, D., Corbelli, J., Zhang, D., et al. Association Between Palliative Care and Patient and Caregiver Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2016; 316(20): 2104-2114.
Kavalieratos D, Mitchell EM, Carey TS, Dev S, Abernethy AP, Biddle AK, Reeve BB, Weinberger M. “Not the ‘grim reaper service’”: An assessment of provider knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions regarding palliative care referral barriers in heart failure. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2014; 3: e544.
Kavalieratos D, Kamal AH, Abernethy AP, Biddle AK, Carey TS, Dev S, Reeve BB, Weinberger M. Comparing unmet needs of community-based palliative care patients with heart failure and cancer. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2014; 17: 475.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: SARAH: Supporting Families, Aligning Goals, and reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations in Serious Illness
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: The Milbank Foundation
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2020
Title: Co-Director of Palliative Care Initiatives
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Grant Number: RES
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2018
Title: Integrating Palliative Care with Disease Management to Improve Outcomes Among Patients with Advanced Heart Failure: Interventional Research Career Development
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: K01 HL133466
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2020
Title: Modification of the Acute Otitis Media Severity of Symptoms of Scale
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Food and Drug Administration
Grant Number: U01
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2020
Title: The University of Pittsburgh PCOR Career Development Program
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Grant Number: K12 HS022989
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2019
Title: Development of an Embedded Palliative Care Program
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2017
Notable Achievements
Early Career Investigator Award, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2019
Associate Editor, Journal of Palliative Medicine, 2017
Award for Paper Investigators, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2015
Top Reviewer, Medical Care, 2015
Reviewer, Scientific Review Committee, National Palliative Care Research Center, 2015