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The University of Texas at Austin, BSN

The University of Texas at Austin, MSN

Care Information

Clinical Biography

Emily McLeod is a board certified Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist at UT Health Austin’s LiveSTRONG Cancer Institutes who specializes in palliative care. Emily grew up in Houston, Texas and moved to Austin in 2001 to attend nursing school. She completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas in Austin and worked in trauma and critical care units at University Medical Center at Brackenridge for eight years before completing her Masters degree in nursing, also from the University of Texas. For the past five years Emily has been working as an advanced practice nurse providing palliative care in the inpatient setting. During her time in the Ascension network she has received numerous awards and honors, and has created, opened and developed community hospital based palliative care programs for the Seton Healthcare Family of Hospitals in Central Texas. Emily is certified as an advanced hospice and palliative care nurse by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses, and is a current member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer. In her free time, Emily can be found strumming her guitar and singing songs with her band around town, and spending time at home in Dripping Springs with her husband, two young children, and big black dog.


  • Palliative Care

Board Certification

  • Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN)
  • Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS-BC)

Awards & Honors

  • Recipient, Edith Blanche Jennings Burns, RN Endowed Scholarship in Nursing, 2012/2013
  • Recipient, Joe and Tana Christie Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Nursing, 2011/2012
  • University of Texas Honors Day College Scholar, 2005
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 2005
  • The National Dean’s List, 2005
  • Published Poet, UT Analecta Literary Journal, 2005
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