Alexia M. Torke, MD, MS

Dr. Torke is a Professor of Medicine and Section Chief of Palliative Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She is Director of the Evans Center at Indiana University Health, which conducts research and education on the role of religion and spirituality in medicine. She is also a Research Scientist with the Indiana University Center for Aging Research at the Regenstrief Institute. Dr. Torke received her undergraduate degree from Carleton College and her M.D. from Indiana University.  She completed residency in Primary Care-Internal Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and fellowship training at the University of Chicago from 2005-2007 in Primary Care Health Services Research and Ethics. Dr. Torke’s research focuses on spiritual, religious, ethical, and communication aspects of medical decision making for older adults. Her current research focuses on surrogate decision making for older adults with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment.  She has received funding from the NIH, the Greenwall Foundation and other foundation sources. She practices outpatient palliative care at IU Health Methodist Hospital.