Palliative Care Medicine

Konrad Fassbender

Assistant Professor
Scientific Director, Covenant Health Palliative Institute
Palliative Care Medicine
Room 329, Environmental Engineering Bldg
NW Corner of 112 Street and 87 Avenue
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G2
Tel: 780.492.3750


Brief Biography: Dr. Fassbender is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Palliative Care Medicine.  He holds cross-appointments as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, Fellow of the Institute of Public Economics at the University of Alberta, Inaugural Scientist for the Integrated Centre for Care Advancement through Research (iCARE, a joint venture of the University of Alberta and Capital Health, now Alberta Health Services) and Research Associate with the Sociobehavioural Research Centre (BC Cancer Agency). He supervises medical trainees, graduate students and teaches health economics, health finance and econometrics. Dr. Fassbender works with clinicians, administrators and policy makers to measure cost and performance associated with the financing and delivery of health care and social services. His program of research concentrates on the effects of health reform and technological change on health and economic outcomes of dying patients and their families.

Expertise: Health Economics, Economic Evaluation, Health Services Research, Large Administrative Datasets, Palliative & End of Life Care.



Denise N. Guerriere, Brandon Zagorski, Konrad Fassbender, Lisa Masucci, Lawrence Librach, Peter C. Coyte. Cost Variations in Ambulatory and Home-Based Palliative Care. Palliative Medicine in press.
Barbera L, Burge F, De P, Dumont S,  Fassbender K, Grunfeld E,  Johnston G, Lau F. Special Topic: Care at the End of Life for cancer patients in Canada. Canadian Cancer Society's Steering Committee: Canadian Cancer Statistics 2010. Toronto: Canadian Cancer Society, 2010.
Dumont S, Jacobs P, Fassbender K, Anderson D, Turcotte V, Harel F. Costs associated with resource utilization during the palliative phase of care: a Canadian perspective. Palliative Medicine. 23(8):708-717, 2009.
Fassbender K, Fainsinger R, Finegan B. Cost Trajectories at the End of Life: The Canadian Experience.  Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 38(1):75-80, 2009.