Palliative Care Specialist Joins the Stephenson Cancer Center

Stefani D. Madison, M.D., a fellowship-trained palliative care specialist, has been named director of Palliative Care in the Supportive Care Clinic at the Stephenson Cancer Center. She has also been named an assistant professor in the department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

As a palliative care specialist, Madison helps patients improve quality of life and find relief from the stresses of a cancer diagnosis, regardless of the stage or prognosis of the cancer. She helps patients manage the physical symptoms of cancer treatments, including nausea, cancer pain and fatigue, and also focuses on the emotional, mental and spiritual effects of the patient’s cancer diagnosis.

“I believe we are mind, body and soul, and palliative care can be an important part of a patient’s cancer treatment plan,” said Madison. “Palliative care is an extra layer of support to ongoing cancer care. We can help clarify patient’s goals of care and work with their teams to individualize treatment plans and begin advance care planning.”

Madison works with a team of specialists in the Supportive Care Program to provide patient-centered care, including psychiatrists and psychologists, social workers, genetics counselors, dieticians and Native American patient navigators.

“Palliative care specialists are an important part of a patient’s cancer care team,” said Robert Mannel, M.D., director of the Stephenson Cancer Center. “I encourage all of my patients, regardless of their prognosis, to visit with our Supportive Care Clinic because it is focused on whole-body health. They can assist with health promotion, symptom management and prevention intervention.”

Madison is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine. She completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine with the department of Geriatrics in the OU College of Medicine, where she also completed her residency training. She earned her medical degree in allopathic medicine from Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica.

Madison sees patients in the Supportive Care Clinic at the Stephenson Cancer Center, 800 N.E. 10th Street. For more information about the Supportive Care Program, visit To make an appointment, please speak with your oncology care provider or call (405) 271-4385.