Dio Kavalieratos, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
Center for Research on Health Care
University of Pittsburgh
230 McKee Place, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2582


Dio Kavalieratos, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Director of Implementation Research at the UPMC Palliative & Supportive Institute.

He received his PhD in Health Policy & Management from the University of North Carolina. Dr. Kavalieratos is a health services researcher whose work focuses on development, evaluation, and implementation of palliative care in serious cardiopulmonary illness.  Dr. Kavalieratos also has expertise in qualitative/mixed methods designs, evidence synthesis, and clinical trials.

Dr. Kavalieratos received the 2013 Young Investigator Award from AAHPM, and he serves as Chair of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s Scientific Subcommittee. Dr. Kavalieratos’ work has been supported by the National Palliative Care Research Center (Career Development Award, 2014), AHRQ (K12, 2014), the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2014), and NHLBI (K01, 2016).

Research Activities

  • Palliative care
  • Clinical trials

Service Activities

  • Chair, Scientific Committee, American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine
  • Study Section Member, National Palliative Care Research Center

Key Publications

Association Between Palliative Care and Patient and Caregiver Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Kavalieratos D, Corbelli J, Zhang D, Dionne-Odom JN, Ernecoff NC, Hanmer J, Hoydich ZP, Ikejiani DZ, Klein-Fedyshin M, Zimmermann C, Morton SC, Arnold RM, Heller L, Schenker Y. PubMed PMID: 27893131; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5226373. (2016). JAMA, 316(20), 2104-2114.

“Not the ‘grim reaper service’”: An assessment of provider knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions regarding palliative care referral barriers in heart failure. Kavalieratos D, Mitchell EM, Carey TS, Dev S, Biddle AK, Reeve BB, Abernethy AP, Weinberger M. PubMed PMID: 24385453; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3959712. 
 (2014). J Amer Heart Assn, 3(1), e544-e544.


  • BPhil, Politics & Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, 2008
  • PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012