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Elizabeth Kvale, MD, MSPH


Southern Illinois University, M.D.

University of Alabama at Birmingham, MSPH, Health Behavior


Residency, Family and Community, University of Missouri

Fellowship, Palliative Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Clinical Biography

Elizabeth Kvale, MD oversees the CaLM concept team and services at the UT Health Austin LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes. Dr. Kvale completed her medical degree at Southern Illinois University, her residency in family and community at University of Missouri and her fellowship in palliative medicine at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

She served as an assistant and later an associate professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Medicine. Dr. Kvale held a number of important leadership positions within clinical and research programs at the University of Alabama, including director for the Palliative and Supportive Care Ambulatory Clinical Program, clinic director for Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic, and interim section chief for palliative care at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Dr. Kvale’s scholarly contributions to palliative medicine are significant. Her research is primarily focused on end of life care in under-served, underrepresented and safety net populations, as well as interventions to improve the quality of life for older cancer survivors. She is an associate professor in Internal Medicine and Population Health and Program Leader, survivorship and supportive care in the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes at the Dell Medical School.


  • Palliative Care and Support

Board Certification

  • American Board of Internal Medicine

Awards & Honors

  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care, 2016
  • Circle of Life Award Citation of Merit, 2014
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