IPCI was formed with the help of funding from the National Cancer Institute to develop the first research-tested program of online CE/CME for health professionals on transforming the culture of care. In exciting findings soon to be published, a randomized controlled trial found the program to significantly increase key practice behaviors that advance the delivery of integrative care. Our work is also informed by our years of other NIH-sponsored research, program development in the Veterans Health Administration system and other organizations, and clinical experience in integrative oncology and other palliative care settings. Our education offerings for professionals and the public include collaborations with expert guest faculty and leaders in the field.


The vision of IPCI is to serve as a leading resource for transforming the global culture of palliative care for the benefit of patients, families, providers, organizations and society.


Our mission is to advance the paradigm of Integrative Palliative Care through evidence-based education and resources for service planning and delivery.



Leila Kozak, PhD

Leila Kozak, PhD is a teacher, researcher, consultant and practitioner in the field of integrative health care. She serves as Clinical Champion for the Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation and the Integrative Health Coordinating Center at the Veterans Administration Central Office (VACO). She was an Associate Health Fellow in Evaluation of Complementary & Integrative Medicine, Center of Excellence in Outcomes Research in Older Adults, VA Puget Sound Health Care System. She has served on the faculties of the University of Washington School of Medicine and School of Public Health, Bastyr University, and Saybrook University, teaching in the areas of patient-centered care, integrative palliative care, mind-body medicine, and spirituality and medicine. She has led eight NIH- and VA-funded projects in integrative oncology, palliative care and geriatrics, including the NCI-sponsored project “Integrative Approaches in Palliative Care: Provider-Driven Online Continuing Education.” Dr. Kozak has evaluated hundreds of patient-centered and integrative health care projects, served as a subject matter expert in numerous task forces and committees, and developed numerous CME programs, webinars, medical education videos and toolkits. She has facilitated cultural transformation and implementation of integrative patient-driven care (“Whole Health”) in the VA system at local, regional and national levels. A native of Argentina, she is also Director for Integrative Palliative Care for Paliativos Sin Fronteras, an NGO providing education and program development for palliative care programs in Latin American countries. (Vitae)

William Collinge, PhD, MPH

Associate Director
William Collinge, PhD, MPH is a researcher, teacher, practitioner and consultant in the field of integrative health care. He has been principal investigator on eight NIH-funded studies including development of the CE/CME program “Integrative Approaches in Palliative Care: Provider-Driven Online Continuing Education” sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. His other research has focused on integrative approaches in cancer caregiving, HIV/AIDS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, community mental health and Veterans’ post-deployment reintegration. William has served as a Scientific Review Administrator and frequent review panelist for NIH as well as the Congressionally-Directed Medical Research Program, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. He has taught at several universities and presented CE/CME programs in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. He has a private practice of behavioral medicine and is a provider for the VA’s Patient Centered Community Care (PC3) program. William led development of the award-winning Touch, Caring and Cancer program, now available in six languages and featured on the National Cancer Institute’s Research-Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs) website. He has authored four books in integrative health: Partners in Healing, Subtle Energy, The American Holistic Health Association Complete Guide to Alternative Medicine, and Recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. (Vitae)

Guest Faculty

Harold Bob, MD, CMD, Augsburg Lutheran Home, and FiveStar Physician Services, Owings Mills, MD

Gary Deng, MD, PhD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Patricia Dewey-Lambert, PhD, Arts in Healthcare Program, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Candace Hammer Chaney, PhD, RN, LHC Group, Lafayette, LA

Caroline Hurd, MD, University of Washington, Cambia Center of Excellence, Seattle, WA

Daniel Hinshaw, MD, Veterans Health Administration and University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI

Sue Kristiniak, MSN, DHA, RN, Department of Complementary and Integrative Health, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions

Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT, Massage Education Associates, and Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR

Lucille Marchand, MD, RN, Palliative Care Service, Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle

Eleanor Oyston, Founder, Oncology Massage Global, Canberra, Australia

David Zucker, MD, PhD, Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle, WA