David A. Gruenewald, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Associate Professor

Dr. David Gruenewald

Philosophy of care: Dr. Gruenewald is Medical Director of the Palliative Care and Hospice Service at VA Puget Sound Health Care System. He is Associate Director of the Palliative Medicine Fellowship and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. His interests in patient care near the end of life include the management of symptoms, especially difficult pain management problems; the establishment of appropriate care goals; and communication skills. His palliative care program development work includes project leadership for a Department of Veterans Affairs initiative to improve palliative care in intensive care units, with a focus on improving family meetings. His published work includes systematic reviews examining the illness experience of older adults near the end of life and the evaluation of quality of life in people severely affected by multiple sclerosis; reviews of aging and the endocrine system; and assessment of the merits of rationing health care based on age.

Special Interests: Palliative Care; Hospice Care

Education and Training:

College: 1978, Reed College, Portland, OR

Medical School: 1983, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

Residency: 1983-1987, University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals

Fellowship: 1987-1991, University of Washington at Seattle VA Medical Center

Publications: Go to PubMed.

Clinic Information: VAPSHCS

General Information: Email Dr. Gruenewald.