Melissa A. Bender M.D.

 Melissa  A. Bender M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Palliative Care, Primary Care - Family Medicine


Palliative Care Services




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.


Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical CenterTeaching Appointment2012
Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical CenterFellowshipHospice and Palliative Medicine2011
University of Cincinnati/The Christ HospitalResidencyFamily Medicine2010
Indiana Univ. School of MedicineMedical education2007


Board Certifications

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