J. Randall Curtis M.D., M.P.H.

J. Randall Curtis M.D., M.P.H.

Specialties and Expertise

Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurocritical Care, Palliative Care, Pulmonary Disease

Services

Lung Care and Lung Transplantation Services

Languages

English

Locations

Primary Location

Chest Clinic at Harborview

410 9th Ave., 7th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.520.5000|Map It 

Bio

Dr. Curtis is the director of the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence at UW Medicine. He is also the A. Bruce Montgomery-American Lung Association endowed chair in pulmonary and critical care medicine and UW professor of medicine. He is an expert in critical care, palliative care, and pulmonary medicine.

Dr. Curtis earned his bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College and his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He first cam to the UW as an intern and resident and also completed his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine. During his fellowship, he also completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and earned an M.P.H. from the UW School of Public Health.

He is listed in “The Best Doctors in America.”

Dr. Curtis was elected to the leadership of the American Thoracic Society and served as President in 2009-2010. He has has received a number of awards and honors from professional societies, including the American Academy Hospice and Palliative Medicine Excellence in Research Award, Roger C. Bone Award for Advances in End-of-Life Care from the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and the Grenvik Family Award for Ethics from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

Patient Care Philosophy

At the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, we strive to reduce the symptoms and distress associated with serious illness for patients and their families. Our focus is on maximizing quality of life and providing support for patients, family members and other clinicians.

The focus of my research and my clinical care is to match the care that we offer with the care that patients and their families wish to receive. I focus my attention on finding out who my patients are and what is important to them. My goal is to deliver the care that patients and their families truly want, after they are fully informed about the options and alternative approaches.

Personal Interests

Bicycling, kayaking, skiing and stand-up paddle-boarding.

Clinical Interests

Clinical research in palliative care; patient-clinician and family-clinician communication; critical care.

Teaching Interests

Caring for critically ill patients and their families, including communication with them. Also caring for patients with chronic lung diseases.

Scope of Care

He works in the intensive care units caring for patients with critical illness and their families. He also sees patients in the Chest Clinic for problems related to lung disease.

Research Interests

Research in palliative care; patient-clinician and family-clinician communication; critical care.

Affiliations

InstitutionCredentialSpecialtyYear
Johns Hopkins School of MedicineMedical education1988
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineInternshipInternal Medicine
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineResidencyInternal Medicine
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineResidency
UW - Division of Pulmonary/Critical CareFellowship
UW - Robert Wood Johnson ScholarsFellowshipInternal Medicine

DegreeDescriptionYear
MD1988

Board Certifications

CertificationSpecialtyYear
American Board of Internal MedicineCritical Care Medicine1997
American Board of Internal MedicinePulmonary Disease1996
American Board of Internal MedicineInternal Medicine1992
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