About Us




The Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence is supported by the University of Washington and directed by Drs. J. Randall Curtis and Anthony L. Back. The Center enhances research, education and patient-centered care for patients with severe illness and their families. In addition the Center integrates, coordinates, and augments the clinical palliative care provided throughout UW Medicine and in the region through key activities such as development and implementation of standards, program evaluation, and program development support.


The Center offers education and training in palliative care across the UW Health Science Schools focusing on interprofessional education and developing programs. Leadership, Mentorship  and Membership is incorporated across all of the Health Science Schools contributing to  increased interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborations. The Center’s nationally recognized experts will partner and collaborate with nationally recognized palliative care experts from other institutions.


Directors J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Dr. Anthony L. Back, MD, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology are national leaders in palliative care. Both Dr. Curtis and Dr. Back have been recognized by awards from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


















  Director - J Randall Curtis, MD, MPH



   Co-Director - Anthony Back, MD

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