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VitalTalk specializes in developing and facilitating advanced communication skills and faculty training courses focused on balancing honesty with empathy when discussing serious illness and end-of-life care, teaching clinicians to communicate compassionately with seriously ill patients and their families.

Team Members

Anthony Back MD

Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Robert Arnold MD

director of Palliative Care at the University of Pittsburgh and Leo H. Creip Professor of Medicine

Kelly Edwards PhD

Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington, and Assistant Dean of The Graduate School

James Tulsky MD

Professor of Medicine and Nursing at Duke University, and director of Palliative Care