Transitions LifeCare – Laura Patel, MD

Laura Patel, MD

Laura Patel, MD

Laura Patel, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Patel joined Transitions LifeCare in 2013 as medical director and now serves as Chief Medical Officer. She oversees the medical staff, the community-based and hospital-based palliative care programs, and the Transitions Kids program. She also provides the medical oversight for Transitions HospiceCare. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. In 2017, Dr. Patel was named AHHC’s “Physician of the Year” and one of TBJ’s “40 Under 40.” Her interests include finding innovative care models to provide palliative care for people with advanced illness in collaboration with community partners, as well as ongoing efforts to reduce barriers to hospice care.

Current Appointments and Affiliations

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, UNC School of Medicine
  • Admitting privileges at WakeMed Raleigh and WakeMed Cary


  • University of Minnesota / MD


  • UNC School of Medicine / Internal Medicine


  • UNC School of Medicine / Geriatric Medicine


  • Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine


  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)
  • Center To Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)
  • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)

National Presentations

  • Silvers A, Saunders R, Patel LN. “Palliative care and ACOs: Making the case for a match made in Heaven.” Accepted for presentation. AAHPM National Conference 2019. 
  • Wolk A, Young S, Rowe C, Hollis A, Chong J, Patel LN. “Palliative care in Medicare Advantage:  Preliminary clinical and financial outcomes from capitated multidisciplinary pre-hospice program”. Accepted for poster session CAPC 2018.  
  • Snyder A, Kline R, Sharma V, Patel LN, Riley A. Medicare Care Choices Model, Open Forum. July 2018. 
  • Garabino S, Meade K, Patel LN, Gray N. “Rest for the Restless: Intermittent Respite Sedation in a Case of Progressive Chorea”. AAHPM National Conference 2018.  
  • Rowe C, Young S, Patel LN. “Impact of In-Home Palliative Care on Advanced Heart Failure”. AAHPM Poster presentation 2018. 
  • Ceronsky L, Patel LN, Schmidt M, Bruce A. “Small Towns, Big Dreams: Developing Community based palliative care in Small Communities and Rural Areas.” Center to Advance Palliative Care National Seminar, Nov 2017. 
  • Rowe C, Young S, Patel LN. “Impact of In-Home Palliative Care on Advanced Heart Failure” Center to Advance Palliative Care, Poster Presentation, Nov 2017. 
  • Musick  B, Patel LN, Kunze P, Schwoyer-Morgan T. NHPCO MLC, “Palliative Care:  Maximizing Its Value in Building Strategic Partnerships, May 2017. 
  • Patel LN. “Medicare Care Choices Model”. Models and Strategies to Integrate Palliative Care Principles into Serious Illness Care: A Workshop from Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness. April 2017. 
  • Thompson C, Patel LN, Gray A, Gillmor L, Adelman K, McLaughlin L. “There’s No Place Like Home: Creating a Successful Model for Community Based Pediatric Palliative and Hospice Care”, AAHPM National Conference Feb 2017.  
  • Gillmor L, Patel LN. “Rounding Third: Bringing Pediatric Palliative Care Home,” Center to Advance Palliative Care, Poster presentation Oct 2016.  
  • Patel LN, Musick B, Kunze P, Placide R. National Association of HomeCare. “The Ongoing Evolution of Palliative Care Models”, July 2016.  

Regional Presestations

  • Patel LN. WakeMed Health and Hospitals Grand Rounds, “Beginning the Conversation: Advance care planning, helping patients and families plan for the future”, Sept 2016.  
  • Patel LN.  Triangle Caregivers Conference, Raleigh, NC. “Supportive Palliative Care: Comfort for patients with advanced illness”, June 2016 
  • Patel LN, Khandelwal CM, Owen J, WakeMed Health and Hospitals Grand Rounds, “The Role of Palliative Care and Hospice in Reducing Hospital Readmissions”, March 2014.  


  • Platts-Mills TF, Biese K, LaMantia , Zamora Z, Patel LN, McCall B, Egbulefu F, Busby-Whitehead J, Cairns CB, Kizer JS. Nursing home revenue source and information availability during the emergency department evaluation of nursing home residents. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2012 May;13(4):332-6.  
  • Zamora, Z; Mccall, B; Patel LN; Biese K; LaMantia, M; Platts-Mills, T; Naus, N; Jerkewitz HP; Cairns CB; Busby-Whitehead, J; Kizer JS. Implementation of a Web-Based System to Improve the Transitional Care of Older Adults. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 27(2):182-189, April/June 2012.  

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications/Media

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