Caroline J. Hurd M.D.

Caroline J. Hurd M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Geriatric Care, Internal Medicine, Palliative Care


English, Spanish


Primary Location

Palliative Care Services at Harborview

325 9th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.744.9102|Map It 


Dr. Hurd is board certified in palliative care and internal medicine. She is a UW clinical assistant professor and is the director of education operations for the UW Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence.

She earned her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle where she also completed a fellowship in palliative medicine. She has a special interest in improving curriculum for communication for all healthcare professionals and increasing access to high quality medical care for our most vulnerable patients.

Dr. Hurd was voted one of Seattle Magazines “Top Doctors” in 2015 for palliative care and is the recipient of the Cambia Health Foundations national Sojourns Scholars Leadership Award.

Patient Care Philosophy

For me, the field of palliative care is at the heart of what it means to be a doctor. In palliative care, it is the practitioner’s job to get to know the patient as a person, beyond their illness, and understand their family and life at home. I try to learn about what matters most to people and then try to develop a shared plan of healthcare that will accomplish their goals and reflect their personal values. Having a serious illness is stressful enough and I want to help support people along their journey to make the load they carry just a little lighter. I also believe that it is my duty to be an advocate for my patients and their families, who do not always have a voice to ensure that all of my patients, from all backgrounds, get the same excellent medical care.

Personal Interests

When I am not working, I try to get outside with my husband and our two kids whenever possible, including hiking, biking, skiing, camping and traveling to different parts of the world.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Hurd is passionate about improving palliative care education and compassionate communication training for all healthcare professionals using innovative strategies to teach learners how to discuss serious illness with patients and their families.

Research Interests

Curriculum development for communication training in discussing serious illness.


UW - Hospice & Palliative MedicineFellowshipPalliative Care2011
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineResidencyInternal Medicine2010
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineInternshipInternal Medicine2008
Univ. of Calif. San FranciscoMedical education2007


Board Certifications

American Board of Internal MedicineHospice and Palliative Medicine2012
American Board of Internal MedicineInternal Medicine2010
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