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 x115
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)

National Palliative Care Research Center Career Development Award 2010
American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine Leadership Program 2009 - 2011
Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Scholar Finalist 2004
Resident Teacher Award | Society of Teachers of Family Medicine 2000
Resident Research Award | Society of Teachers of Family Medicine 1998

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 39 available »

2014 Oct
Greener DT, Quill T, Amir O, Szydlowski J, Gramling RE. "Palliative care referral among patients hospitalized with advanced heart failure." Journal of palliative medicine. 2014 Oct; 17(10):1115-20. Epub 2014 Jul 28.
2013 Feb
Gramling R, Norton SA, Ladwig S, Metzger M, Deluca J, Gramling D, Schatz D, Epstein R, Quill T, Alexander S. "Direct observation of prognosis communication in palliative care: a descriptive study." Journal of pain and symptom management. 2013 Feb; 45(2):202-12. Epub 2012 May 30.
2013 Feb
Epstein RM, Gramling RE. "What is shared in shared decision making? Complex decisions when the evidence is unclear." Medical care research and review : MCRR. 2013 Feb; 70(1 Suppl):94S-112S. Epub 2012 Oct 02.
2012 Nov
Gramling D, Gramling R. "Laughing at the dark: tactical humor for autonomous decision making in serious illness." Journal of palliative medicine. 2012 Nov; 15(11):1170-2.
2012 Oct
Wang C, Sen A, Ruffin MT, Nease DE, Gramling R, Acheson LS, O'Neill SM, Rubinstein WS, . "Family history assessment: impact on disease risk perceptions." American journal of preventive medicine. 2012 Oct; 43(4):392-8.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Family Medicine (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD)
Associate Professor - Department of SON Primary Faculty (SON)


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


D.Sc. | | Department of Epidemiology | Boston University School of Public Health2008
M.D. | Dartmouth Medical School1997
B.A. | 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