Promoting Research Literacy for Improved Patient Outcomes

Tim Ford, MA, MS

Tim Ford, MA, MS


Tim Ford, MA, MS (Cohort 1)

Tim is a faculty researcher and instructor in professional spiritual care for the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, Virginia.

As the first full-time Palliative Care Chaplain in the nation, he spent 10 years with the Thomas Palliative Care team at the Massey Cancer Center. Tim is also a lay-ordained Kagyu Buddhist and is often called upon to be an interfaith voice in community discussions of spirituality, healthcare, and multiculturalism. As part of the Honoring Choices Virginia project, Tim is now trained as an advanced care planning facilitator and instructor. Tim is attending Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine where he will earn an MPH in Epidemiology. He plans to concentrate his research on the public health outcomes of advanced care planning. For more about his interests in patient outcomes, see page 7 of VCU’s The Spirit Newsletter July 2016.

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