Caroline J. Hurd M.D.

Caroline J. Hurd M.D.
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  • English
  • Spanish


  • Geriatric Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Palliative Care


Dr. Hurd is board certified in palliative care and internal medicine. She is a UW clinical assistant professor and is the director of education operations for the UW Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence.

She earned her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle where she also completed a fellowship in palliative medicine. She has a special interest in improving curriculum for communication for all healthcare professionals and increasing access to high quality medical care for our most vulnerable patients.

Dr. Hurd was voted one of Seattle Magazines “Top Doctors” in 2015 for palliative care and is the recipient of the Cambia Health Foundations national Sojourns Scholars Leadership Award.

Patient Care Philosophy

For me, the field of palliative care is at the heart of what it means to be a doctor. In palliative care, it is the practitioner’s job to get to know the patient as a person, beyond their illness, and understand their family and life at home. I try to learn about what matters most to people and then try to develop a shared plan of healthcare that will accomplish their goals and reflect their personal values. Having a serious illness is stressful enough and I want to help support people along their journey to make the load they carry just a little lighter. I also believe that it is my duty to be an advocate for my patients and their families, who do not always have a voice to ensure that all of my patients, from all backgrounds, get the same excellent medical care.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Hurd is passionate about improving palliative care education and compassionate communication training for all healthcare professionals using innovative strategies to teach learners how to discuss serious illness with patients and their families.

Research Interests

Curriculum development for communication training in discussing serious illness.


Institution Credential Year
UW - Division of General Internal Medicine Internship 2008
UW - Division of General Internal Medicine Residency 2010
UW - Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship 2011
Univ. of Calif. San Francisco Medical education 2007
Degree Institution Year
MD Univ. of Calif. San Francisco 2007

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Internal Medicine Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2012
American Board of Internal Medicine Internal Medicine 2010