Robert M. Arnold, MD
Robert M. Arnold, MD, a researcher and physician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), has been recently recognized by the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine for his efforts to train clinicians to have difficult end-of-life conversations.
Dr. Arnold accepted the 2018 Eric G. Nielson, MD, Distinguished Professor Award at the Association of Specialty Professors Awards Lunch and Plenary Session during the 2018 Academic Internal Medicine Week in San Antonio. The award is presented annually to a physician who has demonstrated leadership and support of specialty internal medicine.
Dr. Arnold is credited with helping make palliative care a specialty and improving the way palliative care consultants are trained. Most of the junior faculty and fellows he has mentored have become successful researchers, clinician educators, division chiefs, program directors, and national leaders in various fields of medicine. Dr. Arnold serves as Professor at the Pitt School of Medicine, Chief of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, Director of the Pitt Institute for Doctor-Patient Communication, and Medical Director of the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute. ■