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Stanford Palliative Care Center of Excellence

Division of Primary Care and Population Health, Department of Medicine

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness.
It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.
This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Palliative care is provided by a specially trained team of palliative care physicians, nurses, and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support.


What is the Palliative Care Center of Excellence?

Transforming Palliative Care

Stanford’s palliative care program has grown tremendously over the last 12 years. Capitalizing on early momentum from continued investments by Stanford Health Care and School of Medicine, the new Palliative Care Center of Excellence was established to:

(1) further expand the delivery of palliative care across the health system

(2) build a pioneering research program equipped to provide leadership in learning how to lessen suffering

(3) create and refine curriculae to teach our evidence-based practices and

(4) disseminate our learnings across the nation.

Our vision includes equipping Bay Area communities to plan more effectively for aging and to activate volunteers and community resources to support patients and families more effectively at home.

Leveraging Stanford’s entrepreneurial ethos and well-established strengths in information technology, population health, design thinking, implementation science, biomedical ethics, and technological innovation, the Palliative Care Center of Excellence will create a new model through clinical excellence, research, education, and dissemination of knowledge.

Request a FREE Education Session From Our Team

 As a relatively new field of medicine, we know there is a lot of confusion about palliative care, and people want more information.  Stanford Palliative Care has a unique collaboration with Stanford Health Care's Patient Experience/ Health Education, Engagement, and Promotion program, to offer free educational services to our Stanford community and beyond.  We provide these services to both the public and clinicians.

To receive additional education and information about palliative care, which we will design with you to meet the unique needs of your group/organization, please click the button below to submit a request.  We can provide interpreters and translated materials as well.