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Congratulations to Dr. Erin Kross,

the new co-director of the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence (CPCCE).

Since 2016, she has been the Director of Research Training at CPCCE, and, along with Drs. Curtis and Rosenberg, she directs a T32 award from NHBLI for post-doctoral research training in palliative care.

Dr. Kross has developed active research and quality improvement programs which focus on improving palliative care for patients with serious illness and their families, with current funding from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the National Institute of Aging, and the American Lung Association.




2021 Virtual Palliative Care Summer Lecture Series

Fridays -  July and August


Our goal with the summer lecture series is to revive our efforts to bring together those who are on the forefront of serious illness to give talks that will foster learning, inspiration, and hope – and provoke conversations that matter. All lecture events are free.


View and Download List of Lectures

Please register for EACH event you would like to attend HERE.




Apply for Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care Training


The Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care training is a Interprofessional curriculum, designed for practicing healthcare professionals from nursing, medicine, social work, spiritual care, and other disciplines seeking specialty training in palliative care.

The 9-month graduate certificate includes three 5-credit courses taken sequentially in the Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters.

Learn more ...


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Kidney Palliative Care: Improving quality of life


Dr. Dan Lam, Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Nephrology is the Palliative Care Medical Advisor for Northwest Kidney Centers. In the Article Kidney Palliative Care: Improving quality of life, he talks about his work improving quality of life for the NW Kidney Centers' patients.  Dr. Lam, is also the Medical Director for Harborview Medical Center Palliative Care Services.




Welcome: CPCCE Program Manager



The addition of a Program Manager is an important step as we continue to increase our programmatic footprint across palliative care research, education, and clinical leadership at UW. In the coming year, we plan to launch a new 5 year strategic vision. It is our aim to engage you, our members, in our ongoing work and seek to increase our impact in promoting palliative care. We look forward to sharing more in the future.




2020 NPCRC Grantee Award


Congratulations to Dr. Jill Steiner, Grantee of

a National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) award, providing career development, allowing junior faculty to have the protected time required to develop and conduct the pilot research necessary to be competitive for larger, extramurally-funded awards.


Dr. Steiner's will use the award funding in "Assessing and Promoting Resilience in Patients with Adult Congenital Heart Disease"


Learn more about the NCPCRC and 2020 Award Grantees














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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Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence

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