Elizabeth K. Vig, M.D., M.P.H.


Associate Professor

Chair of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System's Ethics Consultation Service



Philosophy of care: Dr. Vig is a board certified geriatrician and palliative care specialist who cares for older and seriously ill patients at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS).  She has a long-standing interest in medical ethics, is one the VA’s National Ethics Fellows and is Chair of the VAPSHCS’s Ethics Consultation Service.  Dr. Vig enjoys teaching the principles of geriatrics, palliative care, and ethics across medical disciplines. She is interested in clinician wellness, and runs a monthly professional development seminar for geriatrics and palliative care fellows.


Research Interests: Dr. Vig’s research focuses on end of life decision-making. She has studied the preferences of terminally ill patients; surrogates’ perspectives on making decisions for loved ones; the reasons why eligible patients decline hospice services; how patients and their loved ones balance prognostic information and hope; and how a patient navigator could help older patients make decisions about cancer management. She is currently involved with a project to learn more about advance care planning in patients with advanced kidney disease.


Education and Training:

College: 1987, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

Medical School: 1993, New York University School of Medicine

Residency: 1993-1996, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Master of Public Health: 2000, University of Washington School of Public Health

Fellowship: 1996-2001, University of Washington


Bibliography: Link to NCBI Collections


Clinic Information: VAPSHCS


General Information:

Seattle VA Puget Sound Health Care System

1660 South Columbian Way

Box 358280 VAPSHCS GRECC S-182-B

Seattle, WA 98108

Phone Number: (206)277-4361

email: vigster@u.washington.edu