Robert E. Gramling, M.D., D.Sc.

Robert E. Gramling, M.D., D.Sc.

Contact Information

Department of Family Medicine
Research & Fellowship Programs
1381 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Office: (585) 506-9484
Fax: (585) 473-2245

Research Bio

Dr. Gramling is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Community & Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology), and Nursing at the University of Rochester. His research focuses on understanding prognoisis communication between patients, families and clinicians in the context of advanced illness, how approaches to communicating prognosis affect quality of life and treatment choices, and whether these patterns differ by the patient's cultural background.

Awards & Honors (National)

Fulbright Specialist | US Dept of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs 2014
American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award 2013
American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine LEAD Scholar 2008 - 2012

Awards & Honors (Local)

Patient & Family Centered Care Top Performer Award | University of Rochester 2014
Patient & Family Centered Care Award | University of Rochester 2011 - 2014

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 61 available »

2015 Nov
Gramling R, Sanders M, Ladwig S, Norton SA, Epstein R, Alexander SC. "Goal Communication in Palliative Care Decision-Making Consultations." Journal of pain and symptom management. 2015 Nov; 50(5):701-6. Epub 2015 May 27.
2015 Nov
Alexander SC, Garner DK, Somoroff M, Gramling DJ, Norton SA, Gramling R. "Using music[al] knowledge to represent expressions of emotions." Patient education and counseling. 2015 Nov; 98(11):1339-45. Epub 2015 May 12.
2015 Aug
Wang C, Sen A, Plegue M, Ruffin MT, O'Neill SM, Rubinstein WS, Acheson LS, , . "Impact of family history assessment on communication with family members and health care providers: A report from the Family Healthware™ Impact Trial (FHITr)." Preventive medicine. 2015 Aug; 77:28-34. Epub 2015 Apr 19.
Gramling R; Stanek S; Ladwig S; Gajary-Coots L; Cimino J; Anderson W; Norton SA; AAHPM Research Committee Writing Group. "Feeling heard and understood: a patient-reported quality measure for the inpatient palliative care setting". Journal of pain and symptom management. 2015; In Press.
Gramling R, Gajary-Coots E, Stanek S, Dougoud N, Pyke H, Thomas M, Cimino J, Sanders M, Alexander SC, Epstein R, Fiscella K, Gramling D, Ladwig S, Anderson W, Pantilat S, Norton SA. "Design of, and enrollment in, the palliative care communication research initiative: a direct-observation cohort study." BMC palliative care. 2015 14:40. Epub 2015 Aug 19.


Hospice and Palliative Medicine - American Board of Hospice & Palliative Care
Family Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine


MD | Medicine | Dartmouth Medical School1997
BA | Liberal Arts | Colby College1992
BA | Biology | Colby College1992

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Research in Family Medicine at Boston University Medical Center08/01/2000 - 06/30/2002
Residency in Family Medicine at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency07/01/1998 - 06/30/2000
Internship in Family Medicine at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency07/01/1997 - 06/30/1998