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J. Randall Curtis

Adjunct Professor, Health Services
Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (primary appt.)
Adjunct Professor, Bioethics and Humanities
Adjunct Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences


MPH   University of Washington, 1994   (Epidemiology)
MD   Johns Hopkins University, 1988
BA   Hampshire College   (Biochemistry)

Contact Info


Harborview Medical Center
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
325 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

campus box:   359762
voice:   206-744-3356
fax:   206-744-8584

End-of-life care; critical care; pulmonary diseases

Khandelwal N, Kross EK, Engelberg RA, Coe NB, Long AC, Curtis JR. Estimating the effect of palliative care interventions and advance care planning on ICU utilization: a systematic review. Crit Care Med. 2015 May;43(5):1102-11. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000000852. Review.  PMID: 25574794    PMCID: PMC4499326

Khandelwal N, Engelberg RA, Benkeser DC, Coe NB, Curtis JR. End-of-life expenditure in the ICU and perceived quality of dying. Chest. 2014 Dec;146(6):1594-603. doi: 10.1378/chest.14-0182.  PMID: 25451349    PMCID: PMC4251619

Lewis-Newby M, Curtis JR, Martin DP, Engelberg RA. Measuring family satisfaction with care and quality of dying in the intensive care unit: does patient age matter? J Palliat Med. 2011 Dec;14(12):1284-90. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2011.0138. Epub 2011 Nov 22.  PMID: 22107108    PMCID: PMC3263487

Downey L, Engelberg RA, Curtis JR, Lafferty WE, Patrick DL. Shared priorities for the end-of-life period. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2009 Feb;37(2):175-88. Epub 2008 Aug 22.  PMID: 18722084    PMCID: PMC2746763

Goitein L, Shanafelt TD, Nathens AB, Curtis JR. Effects of resident work hour limitations on faculty professional lives. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Jul;23(7):1077-83.  PMID: 18612748    PMCID: PMC2517910

Member, thesis committee for Elizabeth Wagner
The influence of multimorbidity on hospital intensive care, and emergency department use at the end of life for patients with chronic conditions

Member, thesis committee for Michael Meldahl
Palliative care indicators associated with nurse-rated quality of dying in the intensive care unit

Member, thesis committee for Christopher Dale
Association between hospital volume and network membership and an analgesia, sedation and delirium order set quality score

Member, thesis committee for Abigail Howell
Staff perception of a family communication facilitator intervention in the ICU: A qualitative study