Kelley Finch Newcomer, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Palliative Medicine Section.

Originally from Dallas, Dr. Newcomer holds a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her medical degree at UT Southwestern Medical Center and completed a residency in internal medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in hospice and palliative medicine, Dr. Newcomer joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2016.

Dr. Newcomer serves as the Hospice Rotation Organizer for UT Southwestern and the Clinical Epidemiology Coordinator and Lecturer for the UT Southwestern Palliative Care and Geriatric Fellowship. She is also the Associate Medical Director of Adult and Pediatric Hospice for the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas.

She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the Christian Medical and Dental Association, and the Dallas County Medical Society.

Her research and teaching interests include hospice and palliative medicine, especially topical therapies for pain control and aligning goals of care with patients’ heart defibrillator status. She has delivered several invited lectures and contributed to the book Pain Management for Clinicians.


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (1995)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1996), Internal Medicine
Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas (1999), Internal Medicine


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Food as Love: Ethical and Moral Dilemmas in Withdrawal of Artificial Nutrition and Hydration in the Minimally Conscious State.
Newcomer KF, Fine RL, Newman AF, J Palliat Care 2021 May 8258597211014359