Professor Fliss Murtagh


Professor in Palliative Care

Role at Hull York Medical School

Fliss is Professor of Palliative Care at Hull York Medical School, Director of the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre and an NIHR Senior Investigator. She is Research Lead for the Applied Health Research group within the Faculty of Health Sciences (the Academy of Primary Care, the Cancer Awareness, Screening and Diagnostic Pathways Research Group, and the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre).


Fliss qualified in medicine in the UK in 1986. She worked in General Practice for almost 10 years, and then undertook specialist training in palliative medicine. She worked at the Cicely Saunders Institute, King's College London from 2002 to 2017, where she completed her PhD, became Clinical Senior Lecturer, and then Reader in Palliative Medicine.

She is now a Professor of Palliative Care at Hull York Medical School, and Visiting Professor of Palliative Care at the Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London, UK.


Fliss' research interests include palliative and end-of-life care needs, outcomes, and resource use, especially for older people and those with non-cancer conditions, and particularly advanced kidney disease.

She has led work to develop a national case-mix-classification for palliative care, to improve understanding and addressing complex needs, and is also experienced in research methods: cohort and cross-sectional surveys, psychometrics, implementation and use of outcomes, especially the Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale.


Teaching includes:


All Fliss' publications are available on ORCID.

Postgraduate research supervision

PhD supervision (where relevant to my research interests)

Current PhD students:

  • Mary Kimani
  • Ugochinyere Nwulu
  • Sophie Pask
  • Su de Wolf Linder
  • Alex Wray

Current MSc students:

  • Stephanie Hill
  • Alessandro Recchioni