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photo Jane Schell, MD

General Internal Medicine, Renal-Electrolyte

Associate Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-692-4834

Office: UPMC Montefiore - 933 West
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-4834
Fax: 412-692-4315
Education and Training
BS, University of South Alabama, 2000
MD, University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham, 2005
MHS, Clinical Research Training Program, Duke University, 2011
Internal Medicine Residency, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2008
Nephrology Fellowship, Duke University, 2011
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, Duke University, 2012
Research Interest
Dr. Schell’s research centers on integrating the elements of palliative care into nephrology education and practice through development of communication skills training and implementation of palliative care education into nephrology practice. Dr. Schell's current research interests are focused on innovative programs to improve palliative care and hospice services in patients with kidney disease.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Schell is a clinician educator who focuses on palliative care and nephrology.
Educational Interest
Dr. Schell joined the University in 2012 as a clinician-educator within Palliative Medicine and Nephrology. Focused on improving the experience of patients living with kidney disease, Dr. Schell has pursued this interest through educational curricula development and clinical care. She has developed a renal supportive care clinic for kidney disease patients with palliative care needs.

Dr. Schell’s academic and educational work centers on communication and provider-patient relationship. Dr. Schell has received funding through the American Society of Nephrology to develop and evaluate curriculum for nephrology fellows within palliative care. She has developed an annual communication training for nephrology fellows called NephroTalk that teaches skills in dialysis decision-making and end of life. This training has been adapted and taught for national audiences as well as practicing nephrologists.

During her career, Dr. Schell has published peer-reviewed articles within the topic of palliative care and nephrology in high-impact articles. Dr. Schell is an active participant in national organizations within palliative care and education including American Society of Nephrology, American Kidney Foundation and the Coalition for the Supportive Care of Kidney Patients.
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Selected Publications:
Schell, J.O., Green, J.A., Tulsky, J.A., Arnold, R.M. Communication skills training for dialysis decision-making and end-of-life care in nephrology. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2013; 8(4): 675-80.
Schell, J.O., Da Silva-Gane, M., Germain, M.J. Recent insights into life expectancy with and without dialysis. Current Opinions in Nephrology and Hypertension. 2013; 22(2): 185-92.
Schell, J.O., O'Hare, A.M. Illness trajectories and their relevance to the care of adults with kidney disease. Current Opinions in Nephrology and Hypertension. 2013; 22(3): 316-24.
Schell, J.O., Holley, J.L. Opportunities to improve end-of-life care in ESRD. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2013; 8(12): 2028-30.
Schell, J.O., Arnold, R.M. What are the ill effects of chronic dialysis? The benefits of a second conversation: how experience influences decision-making. Seminars in Dialysis. 2014; 27(1): 21-2.
Schell, J.O., Bova-Collis, R., Eneanya, N.D. An interdisciplinary approach to dialysis decision-making in the CKD patient with depression. Advances in Chronic Kidney Diseas. 2014; 21(4): 385-91.
Schell, J.O., Cohen, R.A. A communication framework for dialysis decision-making for frail elderly patients. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2014; 9(11): 2014-21.
Koncicki, H.M., Schell, J.O. Communication Skills and Decision Making for Elderly Patients With Advanced Kidney Disease: A Guide for Nephrologists. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2015; 67(4): 688-95.
Cohen, R.A., Jackson, V.A., Norwich, D., Schell, J.O., Schaefer, K., Ship, A.N., Sullivan, A.M. A Nephrology Fellows' Communication Skills Course: An Educational Quality Improvement Report. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2016.
Hall, R.K., Haines, C., Gorbatkin, S.M., Schlanger, L., Shaban, H., Schell, J.O., Gurley, S.B., Colon-Emeric, C.S., Bowling, C.B. Incorporating Geriatric Assessment into a Nephrology Clinic: Preliminary Data from Two Models of Care. Journal of American Geriatric Society. 2016.
Notable Achievements
Duke Fellow Teaching Award, 2009
The Norman D. Anderson, M.D. Award for Ambulatory Care, 2008
The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, 2005
American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Citation, 2005
Sarah F. Davis Award, 2005