Medical School
Emory University School of Medicine (1996)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1997), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1999), Internal Medicine

Research Interest

  • Minority Access to Care
  • Palliative Care


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Illness perceptions matter: understanding quality of life and advanced illness behaviors in female patients with late-stage cancer.
Croom AR, Hamann HA, Kehoe SM, Paulk E, Wiebe DJ J Support Oncol 2013 Dec 11 4 165-73
Predictors of intensive end-of-life and hospice care in Latino and white advanced cancer patients.
Loggers ET, Maciejewski PK, Jimenez R, Nilsson M, Paulk E, Stieglitz H, Prigerson HG, J Palliat Med 2013 Oct 16 10 1249-54
Gender differences in the evolution of illness understanding among patients with advanced cancer.
Fletcher K, Prigerson HG, Paulk E, Temel J, Finlay E, Marr L, McCorkle R, Rivera L, Munoz F, Maciejewski PK, J Support Oncol 2013 Sep 11 3 126-32
Provision of Spiritual Support to Patients With Advanced Cancer by Religious Communities and Associations With Medical Care at the End of Life.
Balboni TA, Balboni M, Enzinger AC, Gallivan K, Paulk ME, Wright A, Steinhauser K, Vanderweele TJ, Prigerson HG JAMA Intern Med 2013 May 1-9
Clinical Trial Participation among Ethnic/Racial Minority and Majority Patients with Advanced Cancer: What Factors Most Influence Enrollment?
Jimenez R, Zhang B, Joffe S, Nilsson M, Rivera L, Mutchler J, Lathan C, Paulk ME, Prigerson HG J Palliat Med 2013 Mar 16 3 256-62
United States Acculturation and Cancer Patients' End-of-Life Care.
Wright AA, Stieglitz H, Kupersztoch YM, Paulk ME, Kim Y, Katz IT, Munoz F, Jimenez RB, Mutchler J, Rivera L, Back AL, Prigerson HG PLoS ONE 2013 8 3 e58663
An Examination of End-of-Life Care in a Safety Net Hospital System: A Decade in Review.
Rhodes RL, Xuan L, Paulk ME, Stieglitz H, Halm EA J Health Care Poor Underserved 2013 24 4 1666-75
Support of cancer patients' spiritual needs and associations with medical care costs at the end of life.
Balboni T, Balboni M, Paulk ME, Phelps A, Wright A, Peteet J, Block S, Lathan C, Vanderweele T, Prigerson H Cancer 2011 May
Racial disparities in the outcomes of communication on medical care received near death.
Mack JW, Paulk ME, Viswanath K, Prigerson HG Arch. Intern. Med. 2010 Sep 170 17 1533-40
Provision of spiritual care to patients with advanced cancer: associations with medical care and quality of life near death.
Balboni TA, Paulk ME, Balboni MJ, Phelps AC, Loggers ET, Wright AA, Block SD, Lewis EF, Peteet JR, Prigerson HG J. Clin. Oncol. 2010 Jan 28 3 445-52

Honors & Awards

  • Member, Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Member, Southwestern Academy of Teachers (SWAT)
  • President's Award for Diversity and Humanism in Clinical Care
  • Distinguished Professorship in Palliative Care
    Supported by Leland and Eunice Carter and from Charles Hudson recognizing Dr. Steven Leach (2017)
  • Champion of End-of-Life Care
    Award honoring Texans making an outstanding contribution to improving the quality of end-of-life care (2005)
  • Soros Foundation Project on Death in America Faculty Scholar
    2 year award to support research in end-of-life care (2000)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Fellow, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2019)
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians (2006)
  • Member, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (1999)
  • Member, American College of Physicians (1999)