Anthony Back

Anthony Back, MD

University of Washington Center for Excellence in Palliative Care

Anthony Back, M.D., is a board certified physician at Colorectal Services at UW Medical Center, co-director of the UW Center for Excellence in Palliative Care and a UW professor of Oncology and Medicine and an adjunct professor of Bioethics and Humanities.

Dr. Back studies patient-clinician communication and interventions to make clinicians more effective. His goal is to incorporate science and humanism in a practice of healing.

Dr. Back earned his M.D. at Harvard. He is triple board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Medical Oncology and General Internal Medicine. He was the principal investigator for the Oncotalk interventions, co-wrote Mastering Communication with Seriously Ill Patients, released the first iPhone app for clinician communication skills and is a Contemplative Studies Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute. His clinical and research interests include patient-physician communication and quality of life Palliative care.


Plenary IV – Assessing How We Talk About Advanced Illness Care

Presented by Anthony Back, MD, Peggy Maguire at 9:15 AM on Friday, October 11th.

So much of driving change on advanced illness care can be traced back to the stories we tell. In order to deliver a clear and effective message, it is imperative that we use language that reflects our goals and aligns with our mission to support people with advanced illness and their loved ones. This session…