Department and Faculty

Mayo Clinic is a world leader in the treatment of patients with all types of diseases and is especially well-known for its programs in cancer and many other disorders that, in certain forms, are incurable. This provides a unique learning environment in which you can immediately apply acquired knowledge and skills.

Within the Department of Internal Medicine, hundreds of palliative care consultations take place each year. Mayo Clinic staff diagnoses, evaluates and treats patients with advanced and life-limiting illnesses, including:

  • Cancer or malignant diseases, rare and common
  • Blood and marrow disorders, including leukemia
  • Advanced heart failure
  • Advanced pulmonary diseases
  • Advanced liver diseases
  • Transplant patients
  • Patients with implanted left ventricular assist devices (LVADs)

Mayo Clinic actively participates in clinical trials of newer therapies for malignant disorders, including many phase I and phase II trials. In addition to intramural protocols, other trials involve cooperative efforts with a variety of groups.

Our fellowship is designed to provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. Each faculty member is board-certified within the specialty of hospice and palliative medicine.

The faculty is committed to patient care, research and education in the practice. Our consultants conduct daily bedside teaching rounds and mentor your education and research interests throughout the fellowship.

Program Director

  1. Mark K. Edwin, M.D.
    1. Assistant Professor of Medicine

Associate Director

  1. Sara E. Wordingham, M.D.
    1. Assistant Professor of Medicine


  1. Shiri Etzioni, M.D.
  2. Tom R. Fitch, M.D.
    1. Associate Professor of Medicine
July 14, 2017