James Cleary’s current positions include: associate professor of medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; physician, Palliative Care Program, UW Health; director, Pain and Policy Studies Group, WHO Collaborating Center for Pain Policy in Palliative Care; and program leader, Non-Communicable Diseases, UW Global Health Institute.
After graduating from the University of Adelaide Medical School, South Australia, Cleary trained in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and then doing three years of opioid pharmacology research at the University of Adelaide. He moved to the UW-Madison in 1994, where he has developed a Palliative Care Clinic Program, from which he recently stepped aside as medical director.
He has global connections in cancer pain and palliative care, evidence by the releases of the recent Global Opioid Policy Initiative publications for Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America, India, and the Middle East. He was a faculty scholar of the Open Society Institute’s Project on Death in America and the 2004 president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He serves as a north American editor of Palliative Medicine, the Research Journal of the European Association of Palliative Care. He has served as program director of Cancer Control at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.
His current grant funding is from the National Cancer Institute’s Global Health Institute, the Open Society Institute and LIVESTRONG. He serves as the University of Wisconsin’s principal investigator for the National Institute of Nursing Research funded grant, Building a Palliative Care Research Network.
Areas of expertise
- Hospice and palliative care: practice and education
- Cancer pain relief
- Cancer communication: educating clinicians on the skills in sharing difficult news; Web-based communication in patient care
- Palliative care research in pain relief, nausea, fatigue, side effects of chemotherapy
- American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine: president, 2004; Distinguished Service Award, 2009
- Board member, International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care
- North American editor, Palliative Medicine (Research Journal of the European Association of Palliative Care)
- Grossman Award, Department of Medicine, for displaying the highest levels of professionalism and compassion in patient care, 2008
- American Society of Clinical Oncology: education committee; education chair, Patient Care and Survivorship Track, 2009 meeting
- Director of the Pain & Policy Studies Group, the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Pain Policy and Palliative Care. www.painpolicy.wisc.edu