Christina M Puchalski, MD, MS, FACP, FAAHPM
Christina M Puchalski, MD, MS, FACP, FAAHPM, is a pioneer and international leader in the movement to integrate spirituality into healthcare in both the clinical setting and in medical education.
As founder and director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish) in Washington, DC, she continues to break new ground in the understanding and integration of spiritual care in a broad spectrum of healthcare environments. The spiritual assessment tool called FICA, which she developed, is used widely in clinical settings around the world. Medical education has been impacted in this country by GWish run awards program in Spirituality and Health. Christina is Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She is an active board certified clinician in Internal Medicine and Palliative Care. She founded and co-directs the Medical Faculty Associates George Washington University Outpatient Supportive and Palliative Clinic. She has received numerous awards including the George Washington University Distinguished Alumni Award, the Outstanding Colleague Award from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Professional Chaplains, and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Humanities Award in recognition of her scholarship and leadership. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Christina is widely published in journals with work ranging from biochemistry research to issues in ethics, culture, and spirituality and healthcare. She authored Time for Listening and Caring: Spirituality and the Care of the Seriously Ill and Dying (Oxford University Press, 2006) and co-authored Making Health Care Whole: Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care (Templeton Press, 2010). Most recently, she is co-editor of an international textbook on spirituality and health published by Oxford University Press. Christina is first and foremost a clinician. The cornerstone of her practice in internal medicine, geriatrics, and palliative care is integrating patients’ spiritual beliefs into their care, addressing sensitive medical issues facing seriously ill patients and supporting healthcare professionals in their provision of compassionate care. Christina’s work in the field of spirituality and medicine encompasses the clinical, the academic, and the pastoral application of her research and insights.