Focus and Strategy

The Palliative Care Center of Excellence integrates, coordinates and strengthens education in palliative care across the UW Health Science Schools with a focus on interprofessional education.



Education Division Goals

• Support development of interprofessional curricula in palliative care

• Support QI and research activities for palliative medicine fellowship and other clinical training programs.



Education Operations Co-Chair



Caroline J. Hurd, MD

Acting Clinical Instructor

Palliative Medicine & Hospitalist Services


Harborview Medical Center

325 9th Avenue, Box 359755

Seattle, WA 98104-2499

206-744-7086 (ph)




Caroline J. Hurd, MD, is a Clinical Instructor of Palliative Care and Internal Medicine at the University of Washington in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.


She obtained her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed an internal medicine residency and palliative medicine fellowship at the University of Washington.


She works primarily as an attending physician and coordinating services for the inpatient palliative care consultative team at Harborview Medical Center.  She has a passion for medical education across all levels of training and disciplines.


Education Operations Co-Chair



Sarah Shannon, PhD, RN

Associate Professor

Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems


Box 357266

University of Washington

Seattle, WA 98195-7266





Dr. Shannon's area of scholarship is health care ethics, specifically end-of-life decisions. Research studies have used both qualitative and quantitative methods and include family's experiences with surrogate decision-making for dying loved ones, organizational patterns of dying in critical care, improving communication between the health care team and families around end-of-life decision-making.


Dr. Shannon is a long time member of several local hospital ethics committees. She is a regular faculty member of the annual Summer Seminar in Health Care Ethics course and the annual Ethics of Research with Humans course, and is a frequent speaker locally on issues in bioethics.


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