Transitions LifeCare – Rachel Lipner, DO

Rachel Lipner, DO

Rachel Lipner, DO

Rachel Lipner, DO
Assistant Director of Inpatient Medicine
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician

Dr. Lipner joined Transitions LifeCare in July 2017. She has a background in Internal Medicine, and completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at UNC. She provides care on the hospital-based palliative medicine consult services, and also serves as a hospice team physician.

Current Appointments and Affiliations

  • Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Geriatric Medicine, UNC School of Medicine
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Campbell University School of Medicine


  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine / D.O.


  • Lehigh Valley Health Network / Internal Medicine


  • UNC School of Medicine / Hospice and Palliative Medicine


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


  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Medical Association

Areas of Interest

  • Educating and empowering colleagues in primary palliative medicine
  • Collaborative involvement with ICU patients and families

Invited Oral Presentation

  • Lipner, R., UNC Palliative Medicine Grand Rounds, “Nutrition and Hydration at End of Life,” April 18, 2018.
  • Lipner, R. WakeMed Health & Hospitals Hospitalist Morbidity and Mortality Series, “Palliative Medicine and Hospice Refresher,” March 22, 2018.
  • Lipner, R., Curlin, F., Transitions LifeCare Nurses’ Roundtable, “Physician Aid in Dying: A Conversation,” September 20, 2017.
  • Benner, A., Lipner, R., Holmes, E., Poliquin, R., Tatreau, J., Lavin, K. Neuropsychiatric symptoms in serious medical illness: differing perspectives from palliative care and psychiatry. Poster presented at: Annual Assembly. American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM); 2017 Feb; Phoenix, AZ.
  • Lipner, R., Mastoris, K., Miles, M., Park, S., Rogers, R., Smith, S., Haslam, M. Retained medical knowledge in cardiopulmonary resuscitation affected by simulated mock code blue session. Poster presented at: Eastern Pennsylvania Region Abstract and Poster Competition. American College of Physicians (ACP); 2015 Oct; Hershey, PA.
  • Meyers, A., Lipner, R., Borgia, V. Through their eyes: a photovoice exploring immigrant health. Poster presented at: Scientific Assembly. American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP); 2012 Oct; Philadelphia, PA.

Research and Quality Improvement Experience

  • Lipner, R., Benner, A. “Preventing silent suffering – fundamental questions in palliative care: improving screening for physical symptoms and pain assessment using AAHPM measures that matter; Quality improvement project, UNC, September 2016 – May 2017
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