Our Story

IPCI was born from years of clinical experience and program development in integrative oncology and other palliative care settings, as well as NIH- and VA-sponsored research in integrative health care. The institute was launched with the help of research funding from the National Cancer Institute to develop the first outcome-tested program of online CE/CME for health professionals on Integrative Palliative Care.

Our vision for IPCI is to serve as a leading resource for transforming the global culture of palliative care for the benefit of patients, families, providers, organizations and society. Our mission is to advance the paradigm of Integrative Palliative Care through evidence-informed education and resources for multidisciplinary professionals as well as patients and family members.



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Leila Kozak, PhD


Leila Kozak, PhD is a teacher, researcher, consultant and practitioner in the field of integrative health care, and serves on the Clinical Faculty, Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. She is former Clinical Champion for the Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation and the Integrative Health Coordinating Center at the Veterans Administration Central Office (VACO). She was an Associate Health Fellow in Evaluation of Complementary & Integrative Medicine, Center of Excellence in Outcomes Research in Older Adults, VA Puget Sound Health Care System.

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William Collinge, PhD, MPH

Associate Director

William Collinge, PhD, MPH is a researcher, teacher, practitioner and consultant in the field of integrative health care. He has been principal investigator on twelve NIH-funded studies including development of the CE/CME program "Integrative Approaches in Palliative Care: Provider-Driven Online Continuing Education" sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. His other research has focused on integrative approaches in cancer caregiving, HIV/AIDS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, dementia caregiving, community mental health and Veterans' post-deployment reintegration.

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Guest Faculty

Harold Bob, MD

Harold Bob, MD, CMD
Augsburg Lutheran Home, and FiveStar Physician Services, Owings Mills, MD

Dr. Bob serves as Medical Director for several acute and long-term care facilities in the mid-Atlantic states through Five Star Physician Services and the Communicare network of homes. He has practiced Reiki as part of an integrative approach to symptom management in hospice care, and serves on the Board of the Center for Reiki Research.


Gary Deng, MD, PhD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Dr. Deng is Medical Director, Integrative Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, where he leads a multidisciplinary team providing supportive cancer care. A member of MSKCC’s Research Council, he was President of the Society for Integrative Oncology and has led numerous studies in acupuncture and other integrative therapies in palliative care. He has authored review articles and medical textbook chapters on integrative medicine, and heads the integrative medicine physician training program, supervising medical students, residents and fellows.


Patricia Dewey-Lambert, PhD
Arts in Healthcare Program, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Dr. Dewey-Lambert directs the Arts in Healthcare Management program at the University of Oregon. She is author of Managing Arts Programs in Healthcare (Routledge), and was lead author of the National Organization for Arts in Health’s seminal white paper, Arts, Health, and Well-Being in America. She is also a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner with the International Harp Therapy Program for practice in hospice and palliative care settings.

Candace Chaney, RN, PhD

Candace Hammer Chaney, PhD, RN
LHC Group, Lafayette, LA

Dr. Hammer Chaney is Director of Complementary-Integrative Health Services, and Director of Volunteer Services, at LHC Group, a national network of hospices, long-term acute care facilities, home health and community-based services, with 30,000 employees across the US. As a nurse educator she provides training in best practices for use of integrative therapies in hospice and palliative care settings.


Daniel Hinshaw, MD
Veterans Health Administration and University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Hinshaw is Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan School of Medicine and consultant in palliative medicine at the UM Geriatrics Center. He was founding director of the Palliative Care Consultation Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Ann Arbor, where he also served as chief of surgery and chief of medical staff.


Caroline Hurd, MD
University of Washington, Cambia Center of Excellence, Seattle, WA

Dr. Hurd is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Palliative Medicine and a palliative care physician at the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She co-directs the Palliative Care Training Center as part of the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, where she trains interprofessional clinicians in palliative care skills.


Sue Kristiniak, MSN, DHA, RN
Department of Complementary and Integrative Health, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions

Dr. Kristiniak is a certified nurse aromatherapist who has been integrating aromatherapy practices into nursing care since 2004. She is Vice President of Clinical Design and Performance Improvement at RVH Solutions, Adjunct Faculty at Birchtree Center for Health Transformation, and Adjunct Faculty and Chair of the Aromatherapy and Phytotherapy sequence in the Master’s program in Complementary and Integrative Health at Drexel University. She also serves on the Research and Clinical boards for the Alliance of International Aromatherapists.

Gayle MacDonald, MEd, LMT

Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT
Massage Education Associates, and Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR

Ms. MacDonald is founder of Oncology Massage Education Associates in Portland, OR, and was a founding member of the Society for Oncology Massage, the leading professional association in the field. She created the oncology massage program at Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health and Sciences University, and has taught in the United States, Scotland, Australia, Ireland, Sweden, and Holland. Her books include Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer, (Findhorn Press) and Massage for the Hospital Patient and Medically Frail Client (Lippincott Williams and Wilkin).


Lucille Marchand, MD, RN
Palliative Care Service, Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle

Dr. Marchand is Executive Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle; and Farber Endowed Professor for Palliative Care Education in the UW Department of Family Medicine. She is former director of the University of Washington Medical Center Palliative Care Program. Dr. Marchand was the 2017 recipient of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Humanities Award, and the 2018 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Gold Humanism Award.

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David Zucker, MD, PhD
Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle, WA

Dr. Zucker is founding Medical Director and Program Leader of Cancer Rehabilitation Services, Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle. A physiatrist and rehabilitation physician, he is a pioneer in developing cancer rehabilitation medicine nationally. He is founding and emeritus Chair of the Cancer Rehabilitation Physician Consortium (CRPC), a group of American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physiatrists dedicated to improving functional health for cancer patients.