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Dan K. Partain, M.D.

  1. Internist
  2. Palliative Care Specialist


Specialty Groups


  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Daniel K. Partain, M.D. is a palliative care specialist with an interest in providing the best possible serious illness care for patients coming from religious/ethnic minority groups and international settings. His clinical focus includes:

  • Forming partnerships with patients throughout their experience with serious illness.
  • Helping patients live well with serious illness.
  • Empowering patients to thoughtfully consider and articulate their goals, preferences, and values.
  • Promoting healing through spiritual, emotional, social, and physical well-being.
  • Providing expertise and collaborative recommendations for optimal care of complex pain syndromes.

In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Partain is active in both research and teaching. He has authored several textbook chapters and has published multiple first author articles in high impact journals. He teaches residents and fellows with a particular interest in teaching communication skills, pain management, and cultural curiosity.

  1. Intensive care
  2. Pain management
  3. Palliative care
  • Healthcare disparities in palliative care
  • Serious illness care of international patients
  • Cultural curiosity in palliative care
  • Cancer pain management
  • Interventional pain management
  1. 2018
    Fellow - Hospice and Palliative MedicineHarvard Combined Fellowship Program
  2. 2017
    Resident - Internal MedicineMayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic in Rochester
  3. 2014
    MDUniversity of Alabama School of Medicine
  4. 2010
    BS - Molecular Biology, Religious StudiesUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison


  1. 2018
    Hospice & Palliative MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
  2. 2017
    Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine

Awards and honors

  1. 2020
    Excellence in Clinical TeachingDepartment of Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency Program
  2. 2019
    Excellence in Clinical TeachingDepartment of Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency Program
  3. 2019
    Teacher of the Year - Hospice and Palliative MedicineMayo Fellows Association, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  4. 2019
    Abstract Achievement AwardEuropean Association for Palliative Care
  5. 2017
    Senior Medical Resident Teacher AwardMayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
  6. 2017
    Joseph D. Messler Endowed Fellowship in Internal MedicineMayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
  7. 2015
    Abstract Achievement AwardAmerican Society of Hematology
  8. 2013
    William A. Curry Endowed Speaker AwardUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
  9. 2013
    Gold Humanism Honor SocietyUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
  10. 2010
    Honors in the Major of Molecular BiologyUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
  11. 2009
    Phi Beta Kappa Honor SocietyUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional memberships

  1. 2019 - present
    Super UserEPIC Super User Planning Committee, Department of Nursing, Unit Committees
  2. 2019 - 2022
    Advisory Group MemberClinical Pastoral Education Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  3. 2019 - present
    Subcommittee MemberPalliative Medicine Clinical Practice Committee, Palliative Medicine, General Internal Medicine
  4. 2019 - 2022
    Journal Club DirectorCenter for Palliative Medicine
  5. 2019 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Center for Palliative Medicine Wellness Committee
  6. 2017 - 2018
    MemberMassachusetts General Hospital Department of Medicine Fellowship Wellness Committee
  7. 2015 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  8. 2014 - present
    MemberAmerican College of Physicians
  9. 2014 - present
    MemberAmerican Medical Association