Melissa Bender, MD
Acting Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Attending Physician
Palliative Care

Biographical Profile

Dr. Bender is an attending physician on the Palliative Care Service at University of Washington Medical Center and an acting assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine.

She is also the director of the Palliative Care track of the Chronic Care Clerkship for 4th year medical students at UWSOM.

Dr. Bender earned a bachelor's degree from Hanover College and her M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine. She did her residency training in family medicine at The Christ Hospital-based residency program with the University of Cincinnati, where she was chief resident. She completed her fellowship in Palliative Care at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

She is board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.

Teaching Interests & Roles

Director of the Palliative Care track of the Chronic Care Clerkship

Education & Training



Degree or Credential



Montefiore Medical Center Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship 2011
Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics Certificate in Bioethics 2011
The Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency 2010
Indiana University School of Medicine M.D. 2007

Published Articles





Missed opportunities in providing palliative care for the urban poor: a case discussion. Bender MA, Clarke E, Guilbe RM, Selwyn PA J Palliat Med 2013