Alexis Barina, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of its Division of General Internal Medicine. Specializes in palliative care, communication in the intensive care unit, and patient and family communication regarding heated high-flow nasal cannula.

Originally from San Angelo, Texas, Dr. Barina holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. She earned her medical degree and completed all medical training UT Southwestern Medical Center, including internal medicine residency and fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Barina joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2017.

Dr. Barina is involved in several committees, including the Ethics Committee, the End-of-Life workgroup, the Palliative Care workgroup, and the Palliative Care Medical Education workgroup. She also supervises palliative medicine fellows and oversees residents and medical students during their palliative care rotations.

Dr. Barina is active in multiple professional societies, including the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American College of Physicians. 


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (2013)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2016)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2017), Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Research Interest

  • ICU Communication
  • Palliative Care


Serious Illness Communication Training Among Radiation Oncology Residents
Christensen M, Kumar KA, Wang WS, Dharmarajan KV, Chang Z, McStay CK, Barina A, Siropaides C Practical Radiation Oncology 2023 May 13 e220-e229
Palliative care consultation and end-of-life outcomes in hospitalized COVID-19 patients
Author Collaboration TS, Cheruku SR, Barina A, Kershaw CD, Goff K, Reisch J, Hynan LS, Ahmed F, Armaignac DL, Patel L, Belden KA, Kaufman M, Christie AB, Deo N, Bansal V, Boman K, Kumar VK, Walkey A, Kashyap R, Gajic O, Fox AA Resuscitation 2022 Jan 170 230-237
Pain Management in Serious Illness: The Palliative Medicine Approach
Barina A, Newcomer KF, Reddy P, Siropaides C, Terauchi S, Tindall KC, Wang W 2020 Jan 809-831
Raising Bilingual Children: A Qualitative Study of Parental Attitudes, Beliefs, and Intended Behaviors
Lee M, Shetgiri R, Barina A, Tillitski J, Flores G Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 2015 Nov 37 503-521

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award
    Palliative Care Fellowship Program (UT Southwestern) (2023)
  • Employee of the Year
    COVID-19 Heroes category by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (2021)
  • UT Southwestern Program Development Award
    COVID ICU Communications team Team Leader (2021)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2017)
  • American College of Physicians (2016)