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Robert K. Horowitz, M.D.

Robert K. Horowitz, M.D.

Palliative Care

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Palliative Care

601 Elmwood Avenue, 1st Floor, Suite C
Rochester, NY 14642

About Me

Professional Background

Dr. Rob Horowitz is the Georgia and Thomas Gosnell Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care. Board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Hospice & Palliative Care Medicine, Dr. Horowitz is a physician and educator. He was Chief of the Palliative Care Division at Strong Memorial Hospital f...
Dr. Rob Horowitz is the Georgia and Thomas Gosnell Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care. Board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Hospice & Palliative Care Medicine, Dr. Horowitz is a physician and educator. He was Chief of the Palliative Care Division at Strong Memorial Hospital from 2015 to 2023. Dr. Horowitz also founded and served as Medical Director of Rochester's Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program from 1999 until 2015, and he worked for 14 years as a rural emergency physician.

In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Horowitz teaches palliative care and communication skills to medical and other health career students, residents, and fellows at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, where he serves as a Core Clinical Assessor. Along with Dr. Tom Carroll, he is co-developer of the Advanced Communication Training program at URMC, which teaches serious illness conversation skills to interdisciplinary clinicians at all levels of training and experience. In 2023 he introduced ketamine-assisted psychotherapy research and treatment to URMC.

Certified Specialties

Hospice and Palliative Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine

Faculty Appointments

Professor - Department of Medicine, Palliative Care (SMD)

Georgia & Thomas Gosnell Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care - Department of Medicine, Palliative Care (SMD)

Professor - Department of Pediatrics (SMD) - Joint

Credentials

Residency & Fellowship

Residency, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center. 1994 - 1998

Internship, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center. 1993 - 1994

Education

MD | University of Rochester School of Medicine/Dentistry. 1993

Awards

Residency Teaching Honor Roll. 2023

U of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry Faculty Commencement Speaker. 2022

UR School of Medicine Faculty Commencement Speaker. 2017

Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. 2016

UR School of Medicine Faculty Commencement Speaker. 2016

Herbert W. Mapstone Prize for Excellence in Second Year Teaching. 2015

Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award URSMD nominee. 2014

Gilbert Forbes Dean's Teaching Fellowship. 2014 - 2016

Patient- and Family-Centered Care Top Performers Award. 2013

Mary Jane Taylor Award. 2009

Class of 1976 Prize. 1993

Bryce Collier Prize. 1993

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. 1993

Research

Dr. Horowitz's primary scholarly interests are palliative care education, the facilitation of serious illness conversations, and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for people with serious illness.

Publications

Journal Articles

Development and Acceptability of a Kidney Therapy Decision Aid for Patients Aged 75 Years and older: A Design-Based Research Involving Patients, Caregivers, and a Multidisciplinary Team

Saeed F: Dahl S; Horowitz RK; Duberstein PR; Epstein RM; Fiscella KA; Allen RJ.

Kidney medicine. 2023; 5(7).

Reversal of Advance Directives in Neurologic Emergencies

McHugh DC; George BP; Bender MT; Horowitz RK; Kaufman DC; Holloway RG; Roberts DE.

The Neurohospitalist. 2022; 0(0): 8-11.

Re-ACT: Remote Advanced Communication Training in a Time of Crisis.

Carroll T, Mooney C, Horowitz R

Journal of pain and symptom management.. 2020 September 5 Epub 09/05/2020.

MVP (Medical situation, Values and Plan): A memorable and useful model for all Serious Illness Conversations.

Horowitz RK, Hogan LA, Carroll T

Journal of pain and symptom management.. 2020 July 29 Epub 07/29/2020.

Symptom burden among individuals with Parkinson disease: A national survey.

Tarolli CG, Zimmerman GA, Auinger P, McIntosh S, Horowitz RK, Kluger BM, Dorsey ER, Holloway RG

Neurology. Clinical practice.. 2020 February 10 (1):65-72. Epub 11/18/2019.

An Integrated, Developmental Four-Year Medical School Curriculum in Palliative Care: A Longitudinal Content Evaluation Based on National Competency Standards.

Denney-Koelsch EM, Horowitz R, Quill T, Baldwin CD

Journal of palliative medicine.. 2018 September 21 (9):1221-1233. Epub 05/16/2018.

Compassion, the Heart of Medicine

Horowitz, R.

The Medical Student Press (http://themspress.org). 2016; 3: 1-4.

VSED Narratives: Exploring Complexity.

Horowitz R, Sussman B, Quill T

Narrative inquiry in bioethics.. 2016 6 (2):115-120. Epub 1900 01 01.

Palliative care education in U.S. medical schools.

Horowitz R, Gramling R, Quill T

Medical education.. 2014 January 48 (1):59-66. Epub 1900 01 01.

The rational use of opioids in cystic fibrosis: treating pain without feeding misuse, abuse, or addiction

Horowitz, R.

Pediatric Pulmonology. 2013; 48(Supplement 36): 166-67.

Books

Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking: A Compassionate, Widely Available Option for Hastening Death (2021)

Chapter: Mrs. H: How best to time VSED

Authors: Horowitz, RK

Publisher: Oxford Press 2021

Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking: A Compassionate, Widely Available Option for Hastening Death (2021)

Chapter: Mrs. H: Speculation about the challenge of waiting

Authors: Horowitz, RK

Publisher: Oxford Press 2021

The Art and Science of Palliative Medicine (2014)

Chapter: Chapter: Supportive and palliative care in dentistry and oral medicine.

Authors: Elad, S; Horowitz, R; Zadik, Y

Publisher: AME Publishing 2014