Announcement from UW Medicine Online News: UW launches Palliative Care Center of Excellence
[October 2012] With its official launch Oct. 8, the UW Palliative Care Center of Excellence will be poised to become an international leader in advancing the science and the delivery of palliative and end-of-life care for patients with chronic and life-limiting illnesses.
The UW Palliative Care Center of Excellence will bring together individual leaders who are recognized for palliative care research, education and clinical care across the health sciences disciplines.
“We are fortunate that the UW has pockets of excellence in palliative care across the health sciences schools and UW Medicine clinical sites,” said J. Randall Curtis, UW professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine and director of the new UW Palliative Care Center of Excellence.
“However, there has not been a systematic coordination and integration of all these activities. The Center will be one of few academic palliative care institutions in the nation to comprehensively advance the science of palliative and end-of-life care by increasing interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborations in research, education and clinical care. Of course, the ultimate goal is to improve quality of care for patients and their families.”
Curtis, an international authority on critical, palliative and end-of-life care, was recently named the first holder of the A. Bruce Montgomery-American Lung Association Endowed Chair in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Curtis will co-direct the UW Palliative Care Center of Excellence with Anthony Back, professor of medicine in the Division of Oncology.
Other UW faculty assuming leadership roles in the new center are Stuart Farber, professor of family medicine; Darrell Owens, clinical assistant professor of medicine and director of outpatient palliative medicine servicesat Harborview Medical Center; Wayne McCormick, professor in geriatrics and gerontology and director of the palliative medicine fellowship; Elizabeth Loggers, assistant professor in medical oncology and director of palliative care at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; Ruth Engelberg, research associate professor in pulmonary and critical care medicine and associate director of end of life care program at Harborview Medical Center; and Helene Starks, associate professor of bioethics and humanities.
The new UW Palliative Care Center of Excellence will be officially launched with the center’s inaugural visiting lecture by Susan Block, professor of psychiatry and medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care (photo, left). Block is chair of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Block will give the lecture, Moving Conversations about the End of Life Upstream: The Serious Illness Communication Checklist, at 4 p.m., Monday, October 8, 2012 in Room T-625, Health Sciences Building. Block, an international leader in palliative care, has directed national and international faculty development programs for palliative care clinicians. She studies interventions to improve communication in the setting of serious illness, psychological issues in palliative care and medical education.
Curtis will be recognized for holding the first endowed chair in pulmonary and critical care medicine at a reception following Block’s lecture.
For more information, please visit the new Palliative Care Center for Excellence website: http://www.uwpalliativecarecenter.com/ .
Dr. Curtis Honored with Endowed Chair
[September 2012] J. Randall Curtis, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine, has been named as the first holder of the A. Bruce Montgomery-American Lung Association Endowed Chair in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Curtis is an Adjunct Professor in three departments; the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems in the School of Nursing, the Department of Health Services in the School of Public Health, and the Department of Bioethics and Humanities in the School of Medicine. Dr. Curtis is the Section Head for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Harborview Medical Center and the Director of the new UW Palliative Care Center of Excellence. Dr. Curtis’ research focuses on improving palliative and end-of-life care for patients with critical illness and their families and improving communication about palliative and end-of-life care for patients with chronic and life-limiting illnesses including COPD, heart failure, AIDS, and cancer. He has an active research program with over 15 years of continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health and is currently Principal Investigator for 3 grants from the National Institutes of Health including two R01 Awards and a K24 Award.
UW Establishes Palliative Care Center of Excellence
[April 2012] The University of Washington recognizes the importance of palliative care for patients with life-threatening illness and the value that it can bring to the lives of patients and their families. To enhance research, education and patient-centered care, the University of Washington has established a Palliative Care Center of Excellence. The Center will leverage its nationally recognized experts in these domains of palliative care to become a national leader. The goal of this Center is to enhance current research while providing increased opportunities to develop new research collaborations thereby increasing research funding and productivity. This Center will also integrate, coordinate and enhance education in palliative care across UW Health Science Schools with a focus on interprofessional education, further strengthening our health science education programs and making us a national leader in this area. Finally, the Center will integrate, coordinate, and augment the clinical palliative care provided throughout UW Medicine and in the region through key activities such as development and implementation of standards, program evaluation, and program development support. The Palliative Care Center of Excellence will be lead by J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH, professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and by Dr. Anthony L. Back, MD, professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology. Drs. Curtis and Back are national leaders in palliative care and were recently recognized by awards from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. In addition, the Center will incorporate leadership and membership from across all of the Health Science Schools and work toward increased interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborations.