Program Personnel

Director & Co-Founder 
J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Curtis is a pulmonary and critical care physician and has focused his research on measuring and improving end-of-life care for patients with acute and chronic illness.


Ruth A. Engelberg, PhD
Research Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Engelberg is an educational psychologist by training and an accomplished health services researcher with a focus on measurement and survey development.



Faculty Investigator & Co-Founder
Donald L. Patrick, PhD, MSPH
Professor of Health Services
Department of Health Services
Dr. Patrick focuses his research on outcomes in health policy, improving end-of-life care, health behavior and promotion, disability policy, community intervention, and resource allocation.


Faculty Investigators:

Anthony L. Back, MD
Professor of Medicine
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Dr. Back specializes in Oncology and Palliative Medicine and has focused his research on patient-doctor communication and palliative medicine.

William Lober, MD, MS
Associate Professor
Health Informatics
Dr. Lober is jointly appointed in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health and is the current Director of the UW Clinical Informatics Research group.


Research Investigators & Staff:

Lois Downey, MA: Data Analyst and Consultant


Ben Dunlap, MPH: Research Consultant


Mara Hobler, PhD: Research Lead


Elizabeth Nielsen, MPH: Research Coordinator


Sudiptho Paul: Research Coordinator


Patsy D. Treece, MN, RN: Research Nurse