Alexis Barina, M.D.

Alexis Barina, M.D.

  • Internal Medicine - General Internal Medicine
  • Palliative Care


Alexis Barina, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in palliative care, communication in the intensive care unit, and patient and family communication regarding heated high-flow nasal cannula.

Dr. Barina completed all of her medical training at UT Southwestern, including her residency in internal medicine and fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2017.

Among her other roles, Dr. Barina is involved in several standing committees at UTSW, including the Ethics Committee, the End-of-Life workgroup, the Palliative Care workgroup, and the Palliative Care Medical Education workgroup. She also supervises palliative medicine fellows and oversees residents and medical students during their palliative care rotations.

Her research interests include palliative care delivery and communication in the intensive care unit. She has delivered national and regional invited lectures and published academic articles related to her areas of expertise.

In 2021, she was named Employee of the Year in the COVID-19 Heroes category by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council and received the 2021 UT Southwestern Program Development Award for the COVID ICU Communications team. She is also the recipient of the 2023 Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award for the Palliative Care Fellowship Program.

She is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American College of Physicians, among other professional organizations.

Personal Note

When she is not at work, Dr. Barina enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2016-2017), Hospice & Palliative Medicine
  • Medical School - UT Southwestern Medical School (2009-2013)
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2013-2016)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • American College of Physicians
Honors & Awards
  • Employee of the Year program, COVID-19 Heroes category 2021, Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council
  • Program Development Award for the COVID ICU Communications Team, Team Leader 2021, Leaders in Clinical Excellence annual awards at UT Southwestern
Books & Publications
  • Palliative care
  • Communication in the ICU

Clinical Focus

  • Palliative Care

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