Darrell A. Owens D.N.P., A.R.N.P.

Darrell A. Owens D.N.P., A.R.N.P.
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  • English


  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pain Medicine
  • Palliative Care


Dr. Owens is the clinic chief and director of the UW Outpatient Primary, Palliative and Supportive Care Program. He has been in practice for over 24 years, the last 12 of which have been with UW Medicine. He is board certified in adult health/primary care, geriatrics/gerontology primary care, and hospice and palliative medicine. He is a UW clinical assistant professor of medicine and nursing.

Dr. Owens earned his master of science degree from St. Mary's College of California, his master's of science in nursing from Seattle Pacific University, and a his doctor of nursing practice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care Faculty Scholar Program in Palliative Care in 2001.

 Dr. Owens is the founder of the inpatient and outpatient palliative care services at UW Medicine Harborview and Northwest Hospital. In 2012, he was the first nurse practitioner to receive the Cambia Foundation's Sojourn Award for pioneering work in palliative care. He has been selected as a Seattle Met Top Doctor and Nurse for the past three years. He is a former member of the Commission for the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (appointed by Governor Gregoire), where he chaired the Advance Practice Subcommittee.

In additional to general geriatric primary care, Dr. Owens is an international expert in palliative and supportive care. In addition to publishing numerous book chapters related to palliative care symptom management, Dr. Owens has published over 20 articles in peer reviewed journals. He has lectured on palliative care and suffering in China and Vietnam.

Patient Care Philosophy

I am passionate about working with people with chronic or life-limiting illnesses. As a nurse practitioner, I believe people matter until the last moment of their life.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Owens’ clinical interests include dementia, as well as emergency department utilization and hospitalization rates for people with life-limiting illness.

Research Interests

Reduction of emergency department utilization and hospital admission rates for patients followed in a primary palliative care clinic.


Institution Credential Year
Univ. of Alabama Medical education 2010
Seattle Pacific University-School of Health Sciences Medical education 2005
Seattle Pacific University-School of Health Sciences Medical education 2007
Degree Institution Year
ARNP Seattle Pacific University 2007

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Nurses Credentialing Center Adult Health Nurse Practitioner 2007
American Nurses Credentialing Center Gerontological Nurse Practitioner 2008
National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2005