Laurel Kilpatrick, MD

Project: "Partnering for Choice (PfC): A Healthcare Systems Approach to Advance Care Planning"
Baylor Scott & White Health
Temple, TX

Laurel Kilpatrick, MD is a practicing palliative care physician and is the Director of the Division of Supportive and Palliative Care at Baylor Scott & White Health in Temple, Texas. She is passionate about improving advance care planning processes across the continuum of care and is actively involved with an institutional initiative to implement Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST).

Dr. Kilpatrick graduated from Texas A&M University College of Medicine, and completed her internal medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC. She then completed fellowship training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After completing her fellowship, Dr. Kilpatrick joined the faculty at the UAB and, as a Hartford Center of Excellence Scholar, devoted a portion of her time to teaching residents and medical students about palliative care and advance care planning in the nursing home. As a clinician educator, her focus has been teaching communication skills, basic palliative care principles and advance care planning to healthcare professionals. Since returning to Temple, Texas to join the faculty at Baylor Scott & White Health, she has collaborated with institutional leaders to expand advance care planning processes across healthcare settings.

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