Stuart J. Farber M.D.

 Stuart  J. Farber M.D.


Stuart Farber M.D., UW professor, Department of Family Medicine and adjunct professor, Department of Bioethics and Humanities. He is the founding director…

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Patient Care Philosophy

I have devoted my academic career to caring for patients and families with serious illness. My goal is to understand each person's unique narrative (story) and the values and meaning their story creates for them. I then act as a guide to assure each patient and family receives care that is respectful and consistent with their values and provides the best quality of life consistent with the clinical situation. This approach is often called "narrative medicine" or "whole patient care."

Personal Interests

Spending time with my wife, children, and grandchildren, music, reading and being in nature.

Clinical Interests

Palliative care; end-of-life care; geriatrics; symptom management; narrative medicine.

Research Interests

Developing and measuring the outcomes of system-wide palliative care programs; developing and measuring the effectiveness of palliative care educational programs for student clinicians and practicing clinicians.


Univ. of Washington, School of MedicineMedical education1974
Medical College of Wisconsin Medical CenterInternship
Medical College of Wisconsin Medical CenterResidency


Board Certifications

American Board of Family MedicineHospice and Palliative Medicine2008
American Board of Family MedicineFamily Medicine1977
Stuart Farber M.D., UW professor, Department of Family Medicine and adjunct professor, Department of Bioethics and Humanities. He is the founding director of the Palliative Care Service at UWMC, first chief of clinical operations for the Palliative Care Center of Excellence and founding instructor for the palliative care track of the required fourth year medical student course in chronic illness (Conjoint 690). He was a scholar for the Project on Death in America, was a hospice medical director for over twenty years and has extensive experience in long-term care.

After 17 years of practicing family medicine in an urban community and learning many valuable lessons from the families he served, Stu returned to academic medicine 19 years ago to pursue education and research in end-of-life care and has many publications in this area. His past projects include qualitative research to better understand end-of-life issues from the perspectives of healthcare professionals, patients and families; developing courses in palliative care, hospice and spirituality for health science students; and improving pain management, communication and collaborative decision-making among patients, families and clinicians dealing with life-threatening illness. Current projects include developing a regional palliative care training center to meet the growing work force needs in Washington state as well as other innovative interdisciplinary training of the next generation of clinicians to provide superb palliative care to their seriously ill patients.