Lucille Marchand
Palliative Care


Lucille (Lu) Marchand, MD, BSN, FAAHPM, joined the faculty at the University of Washington in 2014 as professor and section chief of palliative care in the department of family medicine, and director of the UW Medical Centers Palliative Care Program.
Lu received a BA in sociology from Brown University and did qualitative research. She obtained a BS in nursing from the Creighton University Accelerated Nursing Program in Omaha, Nebraska. During her seven years as a coronary care nurse and emergency department nurse in Oakland, CA, she completed pre-medical studies at the University of California-Berkeley. She received her MD degree from the University of California- San Francisco in 1987 and completed her family practice residency at the University of Connecticut in 1990 and a fellowship in 1991 at the University of Connecticut in faculty development. Her fellowship included training in family therapy with Jeri Hepworth, PhD, and qualitative research with William Miller, MD, and Ben Crabtree, PhD.
Following fellowship, she joined the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine in November 1991. She was a faculty physician and clinic director at UW HEalth Belleville Clinic, a rural residency site, for 14 years, was the clinical director of integrative oncology at the UW Paul P Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center for 7 years, a hospice medical director for 6 years, and a physician consultant with the UW Integrative Medicine Program for 10 years. She created the St Mary's Palliative Care Service in 2011, the training site for the UW Department of Family Medicine. She did mixed methods research on primary care, palliative care, curriculum development, and behavioral issues, and taught family medicine residents and medical students. She has mentored medical students in doing qualitative research. Her interests include family systems, the doctor-patient relationship, narrative medicine, integrative and palliative care, spirituality, ethics, health professional well-being, and humanities in medicine. She writes prose and poetry and encourages others to write for self-reflection and publication. She has been the editor of the 'Art of Caring' column in the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Quarterly since 2004. She is board certified in family medicine, palliative medicine and integrative holistic medicine. Her most recent research interests are in life review and social networking as a therapeutic tool for patients with advanced cancer.
Her administrative role at UW includes clinical work, teaching, research. Goals for the palliative care section in the DFM include education of diverse health science learners in palliative care and narrative medicine, system wide integration of outpatient and inpatient palliative care providing excellence in patient care, system wide education about primary palliative care, and contributing to the University of WA as major leader nationally in palliative care through the Cambia (UW Medicine) Palliative Care Center of Excellence.
She has 2 children: Noah and Sarah. Both live in Madison, WI. She enjoys dancing, yoga, hiking, skiing, kayaking, biking, writing, cooking, and singing.