Palliative Care


The Palliative Care Program in the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences in divided into two areas: Disease-Specific Palliative Care and General Palliative Care.

These two areas are described below:

Disease-Specific Palliative Care

Outpatient practice focusing on patients with the following chronic neurological illnesses:

  • Dementia
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Stroke
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinsonian Disorders
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Cerebral Neoplasms
  • Pediatric Neurological Disorders

General Palliative Care

Outpatient practice for patients not considered with an above chronic neurological illness.

Training Opportunities


Neurology Residents can complete an off-service rotation in palliative care which will teach them to develop evidence-based management strategies, including medication and non-medication treatments for the palliative patient symptoms including pain, seizures, nausea and vomitting, dyspnea, skin care, including bladder and bowel function, delirium, agitation, and mood disturbances, and nutritional needs.

Learn more about CNS Residency programs.

Research Opportunities

If you are interested in conducting palliative research or are interested in assisting in ongoing research by our faculty, visit their bio pages for information on their specific research interests and how to get in touch.

Recent Palliative Care Publications

Dayal AM, Jenkins ME, Jog MS, Kimpinski K, MacDonald P, Gofton TE. Palliative Care Discussions in Multiple System Atrophy: A Retrospective Review. Can J Neurol Sci. 2017 May;44(3):276-282. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2016.439. Epub 2017 Feb 7. PMID: 28166857

Norton L, Gibson RM, Gofton T, Benson C, Dhanani S, Shemie SD, Hornby L, Ward R, Young GB. Electroencephalographic Recordings During Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapy Until 30 Minutes After Declaration of Death. Can J Neurol Sci. 2017 Mar;44(2):139-145. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2016.309. PMID: 28231862