Andrew Thurston is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and the Medical Director of the Supportive and Palliative Care service at UPMC Mercy Hospital. Board certified in Internal Medicine, as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Andrew has clinical interests spanning both Geriatrics and Palliative Care. His responsibilities include consulting on the inpatient palliative care service at UPMC Mercy, as well as outpatient palliative care services in the Mercy Supportive and Palliative Care Clinic imbedded within the Oncology Department. He is a co-director of the Area of Concentration in Humanities, Ethics, and Palliative Care in the School of Medicine where his education interests include empathetic communication skills training using standardized patients. He is a trained facilitator for simulated communications skills workshops and helps facilitate empathetic communication training for obstetrical anesthesiology residents at UPMC. Working toward the integration of medical humanities into the hospital setting, he frequently leads Reflective Reading exercises that use poetry/art/photography/short fiction as tools for reflecting on various issues in the medical field, and has had poetry and opinion pieces published in various online forums, as well as JAMA and the Annals of Internal Medicine.