News and Events

J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH


Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence

A. Bruce Montgomery –
American Lung Association

Endowed Chair in
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine



KUOW Features Series on Palliative Care

KUOW reporter Ruby de Luna has developed a series of reports focused on having difficult discussions with patients and the growth of palliative care.  To read more and listen to the stories,



We are sad to report that Dr. Stuart Farber died on February 27th.  Stu was the founder of the palliative care services at UW Medical Center and Chair of the Clinical Operations of the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence.  Under Stu’s outstanding leadership, the UW Medical Center’s inpatient palliative care service achieved Advanced Certification in Palliative Care by the Joint Commission: it is the only hospital in Washington State to have received this certification in palliative care and one of only 56 certified hospitals in the United States.


Recently, the Department of Family Medicine announced the Stuart J. Farber MD and Annalu Farber Endowed Professorship in Palliative Care Education that will honor Dr. Farber’s remarkable contributions to palliative care.  Additional donations to this important professorship are welcome:  please contact Caroline Anderson ( or 206-221-2899.


Stu will be greatly missed and his legacy will be long lasting.  The leadership of the Cambia PCCE was truly fortunate to have worked with Stu, and we were blessed to be under his leadership and mentorship.  His passionate work in palliative care helped form the foundation of our Center and will continue to inspire future leaders in our field for years to come.




J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH

Director, Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence






April 27-28, 2015

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Please click on image below for printable version of  the
Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence 2014 report








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?


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.


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