Deborah M. Thorpe, RN, PhD

Research Interests

  • Opioid Induced Constipation
  • Cancer Related Fatigue
  • Symptom Complexes in Advanced Cancer


  • English
  • French

Academic Information

  • Departments: Nursing - Adjunct Associate Professor

Board Certification

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

Academic Office Information

  • 801-585-0254
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute
    Pain Medicine and Palliative Care
    2000 Circle of Hope, Room: 2100
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

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.

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training Texas Woman's University
Graduate Training Boston University
Undergraduate Illinois Wesleyan University