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Eva Katharina Masel
Eva Katharina Masel, MD, PhD, MSc

Department of Medicine I (Division of Palliative Medicine)
Position: Professor

ORCID: 0000-0001-6415-4488
T +43 1 40400 77800

Further Information


Advance Care Planning; Anxiety; Cachexia; Cancer Care Facilities; Depression; Dyspnea; Ethics; Humanities; Nausea; Pain; Palliative Care; Psychiatry; Vomiting

Research interests

My main research focus is symptom management in patients with incurable and progressive diseases. I am the head of the Division of Palliative Medicine, which is the leading study centre of the Austrian Palliative Care Study Group (AUPACS). I am a board member of the Austrian Association of Palliative Care. My research focuses on the palliative care of patients (mainly cancer patients) and families facing serious illness, especially the management of distressing symptoms such as cachexia, dyspnoea, pain, anorexia, nausea and vomiting, as well as psychiatric symptoms (anxiety, delirium, depression), psychosocial aspects, ethics and medical humanities. 


Selected publications

  1. Masel, E.K., Baer, J. and Wenzel, C. (2024) ‘Integrating Palliative Care Into the Management of Genitourinary Malignancies’, American Society of Clinical Oncology Educational Book, 44(3). Available at:
  2. Masel, E.K. et al., 2015. The PERS2ON score for systemic assessment of symptomatology in palliative care: a pilot study. European Journal of Cancer Care, 25(4), pp.544-550. Available at:
  3. Masel, E.K. et al., 2015. Using Medical Comics to highlight Medical Humanities. Medical Education, 2020 Nov;54(11):1049-1050. Available at:
  4. Masel, E.K. et al. (2016) ‘What Makes a Good Palliative Care Physician? A Qualitative Study about the Patient’s Expectations and Needs when Being Admitted to a Palliative Care Unit’, PLOS ONE. Edited by T. Hosoda, 11(7), p. e0158830. Available at:
  5. Masel, E.K., Schur, S. & Watzke, H.H., 2012. Life is Uncertain. Death is Certain. Buddhism and Palliative Care. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 44(2), pp.307-312. Available at: