Lianne A. Hirano M.D.

Lianne A. Hirano M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Geriatric Care, Palliative Care


Palliative Care Services





"Dr. Hirano is a UW acting instructor for the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. She is an attending physician at Harborview Medical Center in geriatrics, palliative care and internal medicine. She also cares for patients as an attending physician and medical director at Seattle Keiro Rehabilitation and Care Center through the University of Washington Long Term Care Service.

Dr. Hirano earned her bachelor's degree in English and biochemistry from Bowdoin College in Maine and her M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine. She first came to the UW as an intern and resident in internal medicine and stayed on to complete her clinical fellowship in geriatric medicine. She also continued her geriatric fellowship at the Seattle VA with research into osteoporosis evaluation and treatment in veterans at high risk for osteoporosis.

Dr. Hirano currently enjoys being involved in a number of educational activities for UW medical students, residents and fellows in the areas of both palliative care and geriatric medicine. "

Patient Care Philosophy

As a palliative care provider and geriatrician, I have learned that it is important to take a more holistic approach to medical care. In medicine, the details are very important, but so is the big picture. We are not just caring for patients; we are caring for people.

Personal Interests

Poetry, jewelry-making, hiking, sailing, shopping, spending time with family and friends.

Clinical Interests

Palliative care, geriatric medicine, grief and bereavement and complementary therapies.

Research Interests

Osteoporosis and delirium.


UW - Division of Gerontology & Geriatric MedicineFellowshipGeriatric Medicine2010
Veteran's Affairs Medical CenterFellowshipGeriatric Medicine2010
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineResidencyInternal Medicine2008
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineInternshipInternal Medicine2006
Yale University School of MedicineMedical education2005


Board Certifications

American Board of Internal MedicineHospice and Palliative Medicine2012
American Board of Internal MedicineGeriatric Medicine (Int. Med.)2009
American Board of Internal MedicineInternal Medicine2008
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