Melissa A. Bender M.D.

Melissa A. Bender M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Family Medicine - Primary Care, Palliative Care


Palliative Care Services




Dr. Bender is an attending physician on the Palliative Care Service at University of Washington Medical Center and an acting assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine.

She is also the director of the palliative care track of the Chronic Care Clerkship for 4th year medical students at UWSOM.

Dr. Bender earned a bachelor's degree from Hanover College and her M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine. She did her residency training in family medicine at The Christ Hospital-based residency program with the University of Cincinnati, where she was chief resident. She completed her fellowship in palliative care at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

She is board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.

Patient Care Philosophy

I especially like to find out what is important to patients and their families and help determine how to incorporate this into their medical care. The Palliative Care Service at UWMC aims to provide extra support to patients with serious illness and to the family members and providers taking care of them.

Personal Interests

Spending time with family and going on day hikes.

Clinical Interests

Pain and symptom management.


Indiana Univ. School of MedicineMedical education2007
Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical CenterFellowshipHospice and Palliative Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical CenterTeaching Appointment
University of Cincinnati/The Christ HospitalResidencyFamily Medicine


Board Certifications

American Board of Family MedicineHospice and Palliative Medicine2012
American Board of Family MedicineFamily Medicine2010
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