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

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

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…

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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.

Research Interests

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

Education

InstitutionCredentialYear
Johns Hopkins School of MedicineMedical education1988
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineInternship
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineResidency
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineResidency
UW - Division of Pulmonary/Critical CareFellowship
UW - Robert Wood Johnson ScholarsFellowship

DegreeDescriptionYear
MD1988

Board Certifications

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

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