Palliative Care

Headshot C Chen June 2019

Palliative Care Section Chief: Dr. Charlie Chen
The Palliative Care Section consists of a group of 30 Physicians, who provide consultative palliative support to palliative patients across all service areas in the Calgary Zone. The Palliative Care Physician Consultants come from a variety of backgrounds (including Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Critical Care and Cardiology). In addition, all physicians (primarily Family Medicine) who work in a Calgary hospice, are part of the Palliative Care Section.

Dr. Charlie Chen is the current Palliative Care Section Chief (Department of Family Medicine) and is also Medical Director for the Palliative / End of Life Care program of Alberta Health Services – Calgary Zone.

Consultation is provided in all urban and rural parts of Calgary zone. Sites include acute care hospitals, home care, hospices, long-term care and supported living facilities. There’s also an inpatient palliative care unit at the Foothills Medical Centre, where tertiary level patients needing complex interventions are admitted, under the care of a Palliative physician. For more information go to:

On the educational side, the Palliative Care physician team supports all family medicine residents, in a mandatory rotation through the program every year. Other specialty residents also rotate through our service. These residents can come from community medicine, critical care, radiation oncology, medical oncology, haematology, anaesthesiology, neurology, nephrology, psychiatry and gynaecological oncology. There are also 1-3 palliative medicine fellows who spend time with the palliative care team, every year. Information about the Palliative Medicine training program can be found at: or

Our Palliative care physicians are also active members within the Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Oncology. More information can be found at: