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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 HospiceCare Inc., 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

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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Medicine

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology
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


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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
Kutner JS Blatchford PJ Taylor DH 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 Mar 23;
[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-e147
[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]
Gilson AM Maurer MA Ryan KM Rathouz PJ Cleary JF . Using a morphine equivalence metric to quantify opioid consumption: examining the capacity to provide effective treatment of debilitating pain at the global, regional, and country levels. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 Apr;45(4):681-700
[PubMed ID: 23017614]
Rocque GB Cleary JF . Palliative care reduces morbidity and mortality in cancer. Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2013 Feb;10(2):80-9
[PubMed ID: 23247373]
Gilson AM Maurer MA Lebaron VT Ryan KM Cleary JF . Multivariate analysis of countries' government and health-care system influences on opioid availability for cancer pain relief and palliative care: more than a function of human development. Palliat Med. 2013 Feb;27(2):105-14
[PubMed ID: 23104512]
Rocque GB Barnett AE Illig LC Eickhoff JC Bailey HH Campbell TC Stewart JA Cleary JF . Inpatient hospitalization of oncology patients: are we missing an opportunity for end-of-life care? J Oncol Pract. 2013 Jan;9(1):51-4
[PubMed ID: 23633971]
Namkoong K DuBenske LL Shaw BR Gustafson DH Hawkins RP Shah DV McTavish FM Cleary JF . Creating a bond between caregivers online: effect on caregivers' coping strategies. J Health Commun. 2012;17(2):125-40
[PubMed ID: 22004055]
Gilson AM Maurer MA Ryan KM Skemp-Brown M Husain A Cleary JF . Ensuring patient access to essential medicines while minimizing harmful use: a revised World Health Organization tool to improve national drug control policy. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2011;25(3):246-51
[PubMed ID: 21882978]
DuBenske LL Chih MY Gustafson DH Dinauer S Cleary JF . Caregivers' participation in the oncology clinic visit mediates the relationship between their information competence and their need fulfillment and clinic visit satisfaction. Patient Educ Couns. 2010 Dec;81 Suppl:S94-9
[PubMed ID: 20880656]
DuBenske LL Gustafson DH Shaw BR Cleary JF . Web-based cancer communication and decision making systems: connecting patients, caregivers, and clinicians for improved health outcomes. Med Decis Making. 2010 Nov-Dec;30(6):732-44
[PubMed ID: 21041539]