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.
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.
Curriculum development for communication training in discussing serious illness.
|UW - Division of General Internal Medicine||Internship|
|UW - Division of General Internal Medicine||Residency|
|UW - Hospice & Palliative Medicine||Fellowship|
|Univ. of Calif. San Francisco||Medical education||2007|
|MD||Univ. of Calif. San Francisco||2007|
|American Board of Internal Medicine||Hospice and Palliative Medicine||2012|
|American Board of Internal Medicine||Internal Medicine||2010|