Palliative care, also known as palliative medicine, is specialized medical care for people living with serious illness. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of palliative care 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 or life prolonging treatment.Patient Care Research Education
Explore Palliative Care
The mission of the inpatient Palliative Care Service is to improve the quality of care and hospital experience for UWMC patients and families living with serious illness by educating and collaborating with health care professionals to provide the best possible patient and family centered care to the patients we serve.
Philosophy & Education
Our palliative care program uses a narrative approach, believing that patient values and needs are best understood after eliciting the patient story and clarifying the patient’s understanding of their illness and situation, asking what is most important and worrisome to them, and how we can be most helpful to them in navigating their medical, emotional and spiritual journey, together with their families and important others in their lives.
- Fellows: Palliative Care and Geriatrics
- Residents: Medical and Clinical Pastoral Education
- Students: Medical, Advance Nurse Practitioner, Social Work, Pharmacy, and Physician Assistant
- We mentor learners on both our team and the primary team.
- Support for learners through Life and Death Rounds
Recent Palliative Care news
Palliative Care Team Members in Montreal
Dr. Lu Marchand, Phil Myers, ARNP, Meegan Wolczyk, ARNP and Sharon Whyte, RN attended the 2018 International Congress on Palliative Care in Montreal. Twenty-five different languages were represented, and the presentations covered a wide range of topics of interest to the palliative care community with a special emphasis on the needs and challenges associated with delivering [...]Read more
Welcome new DFM team members to TRUST, CUSP, and the Osher Center
Iman Majd, MD We would like to introduce new faculty member, Dr. Iman Majd, who recently joined the DFM in July 2018 as clinical assistant professor, and clinic director of our new Osher Clinic for Integrative Medicine currently at the UWNC Ballard Neighborhood Clinic. As part of the Osher team at Ballard, Dr. Majd will [...]Read more
Dr. Lucille Marchand to be Osher Center for Integrative Medicine’s inaugural executive director
With a $5.5 million grant from the San Francisco-based Bernard Osher Foundation, UW Medicine is strengthening its work in integrative medicine. The new Ballard clinic will offer acupuncture and integrative medicine consultation in conjunction with its family medicine practice, and it’s a harbinger of things to come: bringing integrative medicine even more fully into the [...]Read more