Jim Cleary, MD

Jim Cleary, MD

Director of the Walther Supportive Oncology Program at Indiana University School of Medicine

An international leader in palliative care, Dr. Cleary is the director of the new Walther Supportive Oncology Program at Indiana University School of Medicine and IU Simon Cancer Center. Joining the IU faculty in July as a Professor of Medicine, he will hold the Walther Senior Chair in Supportive Oncology. An Australian-trained medical oncologist and palliative care physician, Jim, who has been in the United States for 24 years, is recognized globally for his expertise in palliative care medicine and cancer pain. Until recently he was professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wisconsin and a palliative care physician with the UW Health palliative care program, which he started in 1996. In 2011, he stepped down as medical director of the clinical program to commit more of his efforts to improving global palliative care. He has been director of the Pain and Policy Studies Group, a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Pain Policy & Palliative Care at the UW Carbone Cancer Center, for the past seven years. Dr. Cleary has consistently been named to Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors and America’s Top Doctors for Cancer guides, and he has been repeatedly named to Madison Magazine’s top doctors list. The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, of which he was president in 2004, recently named Cleary in its second list of individuals who have made impactful contributions to the field of hospice and palliative medicine.

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