The overarching mission of UT Health San Antonio and the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care is to make lives better – through excellence in patient care, education, research, and community engagement.  We believe that all patients should be treated with dignity and respect, so we focus on meeting the unique needs of older adults who are frail and have multiple chronic diseases & mobility issues. Providing excellent, evidence-driven, patient-centered care, training the future workforce to care for older adults, and discovering new knowledge that will help our patients and their families are our goals.

Palliative care provides an important way to improve the quality of life of people with chronic diseases and serious illnesses including dementia and their families. Palliative care is a multidisciplinary integrated approach to care that emphasizes the quality of life of patients. This approach prevents and relieves suffering through management of symptoms, whether physical, psychosocial, or spiritual.  Palliative care is fundamental to health and human dignity, and it should be provided throughout a serious illness’ early stage and in all levels of care through person-centered and integrated health services.

Thus, we strive to make lives better through excellence in patient care, education, research, and community engagement by providing compassionate and culturally proficient health care, educating diverse students from different disciplines and residents to become excellent health care clinicians and scientists, engaging in research to better understand health and disease and discover new knowledge that benefits the public, and engaging our community to improve health; Influencing meaningful advances in health policy.

Please explore our website to learn more about the many activities our faculty and learners engaged in.  Contact me if you want more information about our division’s activities.


Neela K. Patel, MD, MPH, CMD
Associate Professor
Chief, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care
Associate Professor
Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s & Neurodegenerative Diseases