David Wu

David S. Wu, MD

David S. Wu, MD

Palliative Care
Director, Palliative Care Program
Associate Professor of Medicine

The recipe for a truly special GIM division: warm collegiality + passion for education + culture of creativity.


Passionate about the power of stories, I have designed a narrative approach to goals of care conversations, the 3-Act Model, and love teaching the “art of conversation” to clinicians of all stripes. As a leader, I aim to continue building a dynamic palliative care program, one which prioritizes clinical excellence, teaching, and a culture of thriving. I am thankful to work with a truly wonderful team. I’m also grateful to be a 2019 Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar and a 2018 Hearst American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leadership Scholar.

I enjoy the great outdoors, music that’s rough around the edges, and books that delve deep.



  • Degrees
    • B.A. / Yale University 1994

    • M.D. / Baylor College of Medicine 2001

  • Residencies
    • Medicine Residency / University of Washington 2004

  • Fellowships
    • Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship / University of Washington 2013

  • Board Certifications
    • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine, 2004

    • American Board of Medical Specialties / Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2014

Selected Publications
  • Wu DS. A glimpse backstage. JAMA. 2006;295:1979-1980.

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  • Wu D. Beyond the numbers. JAMA. 2009;301:1860.

  • Wu D. Virtual grief. JAMA. 2012;308:2095-2096.

  • Wu DS, Kern DE, Dy SM, Wright SM. Narrative approach to goals of care discussions: a novel curriculum. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019;58(6):1033-1039.e1. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2019.08.023

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  • Roberts B, Wright SM, Dy SM, Wu DS. Narrative approach to goals of care discussions: assessing use of the 3-Act Model in the clinical setting [published online June 26, 2020]. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.06.017

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