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Division of Palliative Care


The Division of Palliative Care in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University is an interprofessional academic division whose mandate is to support the academic mission of the Department of Family Medicine and its partners, as well as the entire Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and the broader university, in the area of palliative and end-of-life care.

It carries out its mandate through scholarship, including education and teaching, research and quality improvement (QI).

The Division has over 60 members from different professions, including medicine, nursing, social work, spiritual care and research. Our members are distributed across many different sites in southern Ontario, including the Hamilton, Niagara, Brantford, Burlington, Brampton and Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge regions.

Most of the members are clinicians who work in different care settings – including hospitals, palliative care units, hospices, long term care and the community – and in different roles, from consultation and shared care support to most responsible clinician. This clinical diversity and experience allows the Division to be firmly connected to clinical care, to provide health systems leadership and advance palliative care across several fronts.

While most members have their primary appointments in the Department of Family Medicine, we have several members whose primary appointment are in other departments, such as the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics.



  • In Education – Every learner able to apply a palliative approach
  • In Research – Great questions. Useful answers
  • In Leadership – People equipped and connected to promote palliative care for all



  • Compassion to each other and compassionate leadership
  • Partnerships
  • Equity and diversity


Learn more about our Division

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McMaster University Department of Family MedicineMichael G. DeGroote School of Medicine