UAMS’ Harrington Named Inspirational Leader Under 40 by American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

By Lee Hogan

Harrington is medical director of the UAMS Palliative Care Program and an associate professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Hematology/Oncology in the UAMS College of Medicine. She also serves as program director of the UAMS Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship.

Harrington was selected by her peers for innovation in and dedication to the medical specialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the AAHPM. Under her leadership, UAMS is the only hospital in Arkansas to have achieved Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Palliative Care.

Hospice and palliative medicine focus on improving quality of life and relieving pain and other symptoms in seriously ill patients. Palliative care can be provided to patients who continue to receive treatments to cure or control their disease, regardless of their prognosis. Hospice is a specific type of palliative care for patients whose life expectancy is likely six months or less. Palliative care professionals also help patients and families understand their treatment options and make decisions about their care, as well as provide information on spiritual and psychosocial services, support for family and caregivers, and grief counseling.

The AAHPM is the professional organization for physicians specializing in hospice and palliative medicine. AAHPM’s 5,000 members also include nurses and other health care providers committed to improving the quality of life of seriously ill patients and their families. Learn more at

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