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Palliative care, Primary care - family medicine




Melissa A. Bender, M.D. 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 is board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.

Dr. Bender's clinical interests include pain and symptom management.

Dr. Bender especially likes to find out what is important to patients and their families and help determine how to incorporate this into their medical care.

Personal Interests

Dr. Bender enjoys spending time with family and going on day hikes.

Inpatient Palliative Care Services at UW Medical Center

1959 NE Pacific St. Seattle, WA 98195


Hospital Inpatient Palliative Care

Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center

Teaching Appointment, 2012

Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center

Fellowship, 2011, Hospice and Palliative Medicine

University of Cincinnati/The Christ Hospital

Residency, 2010, Family Medicine

Indiana Univ. School of Medicine

Medical education, 2007


Board Certifications
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2012, American Board of Family Medicine
  • Family Medicine, 2010, American Board of Family Medicine