Stephanie Terauchi, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of the Palliative Medicine Section of the Division of General Internal Medicine. She serves as Medical Director of Palliative Care and specializes in providing comprehensive and holistic palliative care to patients and families facing serious illness. She is also an expert in palliative care program design.

Originally from Arkansas, Dr. Terauchi holds a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She earned her medical degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, and then completed residency training in internal medicine at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Terauchi joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2015.

Dr. Terauchi’s research interests include the impact of early palliative care on quality of life and survival. She has delivered scores of lectures and presentations and published numerous academic articles.

She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and a member of several professional organizations, including the Center to Advance Palliative Care and the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group. She chairs UT Southwestern’s Multidisciplinary Pain Management and Opioid Stewardship Committee for Clements University Hospital and Hospital-Based Clinics.

Additionally, she is a member of numerous committees, including the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Palliative Care Advisory Group and UT Southwestern’s Medical Executive Committee.

In 2019, she received the LEAD Capstone Poster Award from UT Southwestern.

Personal Note

Outside of work, Dr. Terauchi enjoys traveling, attending symphony concerts, playing piano, and spending time with friends and family.



Medical School
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine (2005)
Baylor University Medical Center (2006)
Baylor University Medical Center (2008)

Research Interest

  • Early palliative care impact quality of life and survival
  • Evaluating and developing new models of healthcare delivery for seriously ill patients and their families
  • Measuring and improving quality of life through aggressive symptom management and supportive care
  • Measuring effectiveness of communication processes and protocols to establish goals of care


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Early Palliative Care Is Associated With Reduced Emergency Department Utilization in Pancreatic Cancer.
Bevins J, Bhulani N, Goksu SY, Sanford NN, Gao A, Ahn C, Paulk ME, Terauchi S, Pruitt SL, Tavakkoli A, Rhodes RL, Kazmi SMA, Beg MS, Am J Clin Oncol 2021 Mar
Telehealth and Palliative Care for Patients With Cancer: Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Grewal US, Terauchi S, Beg MS, JMIR Cancer 2020 Nov 6 2 e20288
End-of-Life Care in Cystic Fibrosis: Comparing Provider Practices Based on Lung Transplant Candidacy.
Lange AV, Rueschhoff A, Terauchi S, Cohen L, Reisch J, Jain R, Finklea JD, J Palliat Med 2020 May
Association of electronic medical record (EMR) QTc alerts with higher mortality within 10 days for patients with blood, lung, GI, and soft tissue cancer.
Bleiberg, BA, Yan J, Xie D, Lightfoot T, Zhu H, Reisch J, Terauchi S, Gerber DE, & Khan SA Journal of Clinical Oncology 2020
UT Southwestern's Palliative Care Program: Measurable Patient Impact and Cost-savings.
Bird A, Leach S, Houck S, Robinson K, Lawson T, J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother 2018 Dec 32 4 212-215
Palliative care and end-of-life health care utilization in elderly patients with pancreatic cancer.
Bhulani N, Gupta A, Gao A, Li J, Guenther C, Ahn C, Paulk E, Houck S, Beg MS J Gastrointest Oncol 2018 Jun 9 3 495-502
Does timing of palliative care consults impact end-of-life health services utilization in pancreatic cancer patients?
Nizar Bhulani, Ang Gao, Arjun Gupta, Chul Ahn, M. Elizabeth Paulk, Stephanie Houck, Jenny Jing Li, Chad Michael Guenther, Syed Mohammad Ali Kazmi, and Muhammad Shaalan Beg Journal of Clinical Oncology 2018
Double-balloon endoscopy and Peutz-Jeghers syndrome: a new look at an old disease.
Terauchi S, Snowberger N, Demarco D, Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent) 2006 Oct 19 4 335-7

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow
    American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2020)
  • Capstone Poster Award
    UT Southwestern LEAD Program (2019)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine
  • Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group