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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

James Cleary, MD, is Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical Oncology Section; Director of Palliative Medicine at UW Hospital and Clinics; and Academic Medical Director of Agrace for Dane County. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Adelaide Medical School, South Australia, Dr. Cleary completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Oncology fellowship at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and three years of research in opioid pharmacology at the University of Adelaide. He is an international leader in Palliative Medicine and is a board member and past president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is a Master Facilitator for the Education of Physicians in End-of-Life Care Program (EPEC). He had led training sessions over six years, educating more than 1,000 physicians throughout the U.S. He serves as North American Editor of Palliative Medicine, the Research Journal of the European Association of Palliative Care.



Medical Oncology

Palliative Care Medicine

UW Health Clinics

1 S. Park Clinic
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UW Carbone Cancer Center
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University Hospital
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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Medicine

Professional Certifications and Education

Fellowship Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia
Residency Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia
Internship Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia
Medical School University of Adelaide, Southern Australia, 1984


Madison Magazine Top Docs 2016

Newsweek's Top Cancer Doctors 2015

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2014

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2012

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

Programs & Conditions


Dr. Cleary is a member of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. He is the Program Leader for the Cancer Control and Population Science Program. The mission of the Cancer Control and Population Science program is to understand the causes and distribution of cancer in populations and support the development and implementation of effective interventions. It is as a Faculty Scholar of the Soros Foundation's Project on Death in America, that he continues to develop and implement educational initiatives in palliative care for faculty, residents and medical students within the UW Health System and UW Medical School partners throughout Wisconsin.

PubMed Articles
Kron FW Fetters MD Scerbo MW White CB Lypson ML Padilla MA Gliva-McConvey GA Belfore LA 2nd West T Wallace AM Guetterman TC Schleicher LS Kennedy RA Mangrulkar RS Cleary JF Marsella SC Becker DM . Using a computer simulation for teaching communication skills: A blinded multisite mixed methods randomized controlled trial. Patient Educ Couns. 2017 Apr;100(4):748-759
[PubMed ID: 27939846]
Singh S Cortez D Maynard D Cleary JF DuBenske L Campbell TC . Characterizing the Nature of Scan Results Discussions: Insights Into Why Patients Misunderstand Their Prognosis. J Oncol Pract. 2017 Mar;13(3):e231-e239
[PubMed ID: 28095172]
Vallath N Tandon T Pastrana T Lohman D Husain SA Cleary J Ramanath G Rajagopal MR . Civil Society-Driven Drug Policy Reform for Health and Human Welfare-India. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Mar;53(3):518-532
[PubMed ID: 28042065]
Bosnjak SM Maurer MA Ryan KM Popovic I Husain SA Cleary JF Scholten W . A Multifaceted Approach to Improve the Availability and Accessibility of Opioids for the Treatment of Cancer Pain in Serbia: Results From the International Pain Policy Fellowship (2006-2012) and Recommendations for Action. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 Aug;52(2):272-83
[PubMed ID: 26988849]
Gelband H Sankaranarayanan R Gauvreau CL Horton S Anderson BO Bray F Cleary J Dare AJ Denny L Gospodarowicz MK Gupta S Howard SC Jaffray DA Knaul F Levin C Rabeneck L Rajaraman P Sullivan T Trimble EL Jha P . Costs, affordability, and feasibility of an essential package of cancer control interventions in low-income and middle-income countries: key messages from Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition. Lancet. 2016 May 21;387(10033):2133-44
[PubMed ID: 26578033]
Rocque GB Mullvain JA Eickhoff J Cleary JF Campbell TC . Integrating palliative care into the oncology clinic: A joint management approach. Palliat Med. 2016 May;30(5):510-2
[PubMed ID: 26338850]
Cleary JF Husain A Maurer M . Increasing worldwide access to medical opioids. Lancet. 2016 Apr 16;387(10028):1597-9
[PubMed ID: 26852263]
Rocque GB Campbell TC Johnson SK King J Zander MR Quale RM Eickhoff JC Cleary JF . A Quantitative Study of Triggered Palliative Care Consultation for Hospitalized Patients With Advanced Cancer. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2015 Oct;50(4):462-9
[PubMed ID: 26087471]
Kutner JS Blatchford PJ Taylor DH Jr Ritchie CS Bull JH Fairclough DL Hanson LC LeBlanc TW Samsa GP Wolf S Aziz NM Currow DC Ferrell B Wagner-Johnston N Zafar SY Cleary JF Dev S Goode PS Kamal AH Kassner C Kvale EA McCallum JG Ogunseitan AB Pantilat SZ Portenoy RK Prince-Paul M Sloan JA Swetz KM Von Gunten CF Abernethy AP . Safety and benefit of discontinuing statin therapy in the setting of advanced, life-limiting illness: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 May;175(5):691-700
[PubMed ID: 25798575]
Distelhorst SR Cleary JF Ganz PA Bese N Camacho-Rodriguez R Cardoso F Ddungu H Gralow JR Yip CH Anderson BO . Optimisation of the continuum of supportive and palliative care for patients with breast cancer in low-income and middle-income countries: executive summary of the Breast Health Global Initiative, 2014. Lancet Oncol. 2015 Mar;16(3):e137-47
[PubMed ID: 25752564]
Paudel BD Ryan KM Brown MS Krakauer EL Rajagopal MR Maurer MA Cleary JF . Opioid availability and palliative care in Nepal: influence of an international pain policy fellowship. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2015 Jan;49(1):110-6
[PubMed ID: 24768596]
Cleary JF . Are corticosteroids effective in all patients with cancer-related pain? J Clin Oncol. 2014 Oct 10;32(29):3210-1
[PubMed ID: 25225427]
Zhao F Chang VT Cleeland C Cleary JF Mitchell EP Wagner LI Fisch MJ . Determinants of pain severity changes in ambulatory patients with cancer: an analysis from Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group trial E2Z02. J Clin Oncol. 2014 Feb 1;32(4):312-9
[PubMed ID: 24366929]
Kramer BJ Cleary JF Mahoney JE . Enhancing palliative care for low-income elders with chronic disease: feasibility of a hospice consultation model. J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care. 2014;10(4):356-77
[PubMed ID: 25494931]
Cleary J Ddungu H Distelhorst SR Ripamonti C Rodin GM Bushnaq MA Clegg-Lamptey JN Connor SR Diwani MB Eniu A Harford JB Kumar S Rajagopal MR Thompson B Gralow JR Anderson BO . Supportive and palliative care for metastatic breast cancer: resource allocations in low- and middle-income countries. A Breast Health Global Initiative 2013 consensus statement. Breast. 2013 Oct;22(5):616-27
[PubMed ID: 23972474]
Halverson J Martinez-Donate A Trentham-Dietz A Walsh MC Strickland JS Palta M Smith PD Cleary J . Health literacy and urbanicity among cancer patients. J Rural Health. 2013 Fall;29(4):392-402
[PubMed ID: 24088213]
Rocque GB Campbell TC Cleary JF . Reply to A. Azad et al. J Oncol Pract. 2013 Sep;9(5):e273
[PubMed ID: 23943908]
Maurer MA Gilson AM Husain SA Cleary JF . Examining influences on the availability of and access to opioids for pain management and palliative care. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2013 Aug;27(3):255-60
[PubMed ID: 23901905]
Chih MY DuBenske LL Hawkins RP Brown RL Dinauer SK Cleary JF Gustafson DH . Communicating advanced cancer patients' symptoms via the Internet: a pooled analysis of two randomized trials examining caregiver preparedness, physical burden, and negative mood. Palliat Med. 2013 Jun;27(6):533-43
[PubMed ID: 22988042]
Gustafson DH DuBenske LL Namkoong K Hawkins R Chih MY Atwood AK Johnson R Bhattacharya A Carmack CL Traynor AM Campbell TC Buss MK Govindan R Schiller JH Cleary JF . An eHealth system supporting palliative care for patients with non-small cell lung cancer: a randomized trial. Cancer. 2013 May 1;119(9):1744-51
[PubMed ID: 23355273]