Jane Schell MD, MHS, is an assistant professor in nephrology and palliative care at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC Health System. She completed her medical school training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Subsequently, Dr. Schell completed a dual fellowship in nephrology and palliative medicine as well as a Masters in Health Sciences at Duke University. Since then, she has been on faculty at the University of Pittsburgh as a clinician-educator. Dr. Schell is recognized for expertise in subspecialty palliative care education within nephrology. She was awarded the William and Sandra Bennett Education Grant through the American Society of Nephrology to develop and leverage palliative care education in nephrology.
Dr. Schell developed a nationally recognized communication training for nephrology fellows called NephroTalk as well as a Train the Trainer workshop for nephrology educators. Dr. Schell’s current educational interests are creating palliative care communication education for interdisciplinary nephrology teams. Dr. Schell is active nationally as the Chair of the Kidney Forum through the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Clinically, Dr. Schell delivers kidney palliative care in a variety of settings including a nursing home-based dialysis unit and an outpatient kidney palliative care clinic. Outside of work, Dr. Schell enjoys playing the piano, playing tennis and spending time with her husband, Peter.