James Andrew "Andy" Probolus, MD

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    Teaching and educational interests

    Dr. James Probolus is highly involved in medical education, including medical student and resident education. In addition to serving as program director of palliative care fellowship programs at his previous institutions for more than 10 years, he was a contributing author to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine's HPM Fellowship Director's Guide.

    Dr. Probolus has a passion for the medical humanities with a special interest in contemplative approaches to end-of-life care. He has studied and given talks about compassion in health care settings, including its intersection with mindfulness.

    He also has expertise in communication skills in serious illness.

    At a previous institution, Dr. Probolus was an ethics consultant and co-chair of an ethics committee, and at Penn State Health he is part of the Bioethics Committee.

    He also has a strong interest in interprofessional education, including chaplains, nurses and nurse practitioners and multiple specialties in medicine, including internal medicine, family medicine, anesthesia, palliative medicine and geriatrics. Another interest of his is in interdisciplinary team development and wellness specifically in palliative care.

    Clinical interests

    Dr. James Probolus is part of the Center of Excellence in Palliative Medicine at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. 

    He has served in multiple roles in the field of palliative care, including inpatient palliative care consultant with a complete interdisciplinary team; outpatient palliative care consultant in an embedded community cancer center palliative care program; inpatient hospice attending physician; and hospice team physician. He also has an interest in the intersection of palliative care and critical care.


    Professional information

    Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP)

    Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, 2010

    Board-certified in Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, 2005

    Dr. James Probolus also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Humanities, Penn State College of Medicine.


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Vital Talk Faculty Development Program


    Summer Seminar in Bioethics, University of Washington


    Being with Dying Curriculum, Upaya Zen Center


    Harvard Macy Program for Educators in Health Professions, Participant, Harvard Macy Institute


    Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Fellowship, University of California at San Diego


    Family Medicine, Residency, East Carolina University


    MD, St. George’s University School of Medicine

    … → Jul 2002


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