Deborah M. Thorpe, PhD, APRN, ACHPN, AOCNS
Adjunct Associate Professor, College of Nursing
Deborah M. Thorpe, PhD, APRN, ACHPN, AOCNS, is an advanced practice nurse in the Pain Medicine and Palliative Care Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and is an adjunct associate professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Utah. She is certified as an advanced oncology clinical nurse specialist, and as an advanced hospice and palliative nurse.
Thorpe's research interests include opioid-related bowel dysfunction, pain and symptom clusters in oncology patients, and development of new opioid delivery systems and novel analgesics.
She received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Illinois Wesleyan University and graduate degrees from Boston University and Texas Woman's University. Before joining HCI, Thorpe was instrumental in establishing one of first multidisciplinary pain and palliative care programs in the country at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.