Upcoming 2018 PNW Palliative Care Conference
*Save the Date -- April 23-24*

"Transforming Moral Distress into Professional Resiliency:  A Toolkit for Frontline Clinicians"

Keynote Speaker: Corey L. Kennard, MACM
Corey is the Manager of Spiritual Care at
St. John’s Providence Health System,  APPEAL Faculty at Duke Institute on Care at End of Life  and a contributing columnist for the New York Times.

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Questions? Email pallcntr@uw.edu

Dr Barak Gaster's "Advanced Directive" featured in New York Times article and on NPR Program


       "A Living Will For Alzheimer's"

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Program guests:

  • Dr. Barak Gaster, professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Darby Morhardt, professor at the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Reisa Sperling, director of the Center for Alzheimer's Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.


Dr. Gaster also co-authored an article in JAMA with the Cambia PCCE Director, J Randall Curtis and Eric B Larson.:
"Advance Directives for Dementia, Meeting a Unique Challenge". Barak Gaster, MD; Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH; J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH

JAMA. 2017;318(22):2175-2176. doi:10.1001jama.2017.16473


Dr. Jim Fausto

Receives UWMC's Fall 2017 Cares Award

Congratulations to James Fausto, Associate Director, Palliative Care,

UWMC Fall 2017 UW Medicine Cares Award recipient. The UW Medicine Cares Award is based on UW Medicine’s Service Culture Guidelines, which are: respect privacy and confidentiality; communicate effectively; conduct myself professionally; be accountable; be committed to my colleagues and to UW Medicine.

Cambia PCCE Leaders named
Visionaries in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Dr. J. Randall Curtis, Director and Dr Anthony Back,  Co-Director of CPCCE have been named top visionaries in hospice and palliative medicine in a recent poll conducted by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. With more than 6500 votes cast, they were 2 of 30 selected in recognition of contributions to advancing hospice and palliative medicine.

Anthony Back, professor (Medical Oncology) received the inaugural Walther Cancer Foundation Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Endowed Award and Lecture from the  American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Founder of the first pediatric palliative care home in the country Anthony Back, professor (Medical Oncology) has received the inaugural Walther Cancer Foundation Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Endowed Award and Lecture from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). This award and lecture recognizes a distinguished lecturer and leader with multiple, significant, and enduring contributions to palliative and supportive care in oncology through the prevention, assessment, and management of cancer- and treatment-related suffering.




News and Events


Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence








The Palliative Care Center of Excellence at the University of Washington was launched in 2012 with the goal of giving every patient with serious illness access to high-quality palliative care focused on relieving symptoms, maximizing quality of life and ensuring care that concentrates on patients’ goals. Interprofessional teams of nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists and doctors must work together to meet the complex medical, emotional and spiritual needs of seriously ill patients and their loved ones, and these teams need support and resources. The goal of the newly renamed Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, directed by J. Randall Curtis, M.D., MPH, is to see that palliative care has an integral and prominent role in healthcare — regionally, nationally and internationally — for seriously ill patients and their families.


About Cambia Health Foundation


Based in Portland, Ore., Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate Foundation of Cambia Health Solutions, a total health solutions company dedicated to transforming the way people experience health care. Founded in 2007, Cambia Health Foundation awards grants in three program areas: Palliative Care, Transforming Health Care and Children’s Health. The Foundation has funded just over $29 million in grants to support these causes. Cambia Health Foundation’s investments in palliative care advance patient- and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering.
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What is Palliative Care?


  • Palliative (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness — whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and their family.
  • Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.
  • Palliative care addresses a patient's physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and facilitates patient autonomy, access to information and choice.
  • There is a significant need to increase, enhance and support the palliative care workforce on a national level. Today, there is approximately one palliative care medical professional for every 1,200 people facing serious illness. And, as the baby boomer population ages, there will be a greatly increased need for palliative care both for patients and their families.



What Will the Cambia Palliative Care
Center of Excellence Do?


VIDEO: UW Medicine Palliative Care

Drs. Randy Curtis, Tony Back and Caroline Hurd describe palliative care and how it has transformed the lives of patients at UW Medicine Clinical Sites.


The mission of the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence is to improve the palliative care received by patients with serious illness and their families and to provide support to clinicians caring for these patients. The center will help ensure that all patients and families are treated in a compassionate, respectful, individualized way by focusing on three interrelated areas:

  • Enhancing the palliative care programs at UW Medicine hospitals and providing tools and support to other institutions building palliative care programs;
  • Educating physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other clinicians, as well as students, in the art and science of providing thoughtful, expert palliative care; and
  • Conducting research and innovative pilot projects to improve our understanding of high-quality palliative care and how to deliver it to every patient with serious illness every time.


About the Cambia
Palliative Care Center of Excellence

Dr. Randy Curtis speaks about the progress of

Cambia  Palliative Care Center of Excellence

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