Susan Hedlund, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C


Adjunct faculty, SOM, OHSU; Adjunct faculty, Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University


Radiation Medicine


Oncology Social Work


Manager: Patient/Family Support Services, Knight Cancer Institute


Bachelors of Science, University of California, Davis, CA.
Masters in Social Work, Portland State University, Portland, OR


Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Oncology Social Work Certification


Quality of Life Award; American Cancer Society, 2009
Leadership in Oncology Social Work Award; Association of Oncology Social Work, 1999
Social Worker of the Year; Oregon Chapter of Hospital Social Work Directors 1992

Interest and Accomplishments:

Has been an oncology social worker for thirty years and specializes in the development and provision of psychosocial support services for people with cancer and their loved ones. Currently supervise adult oncology social workers at OHSU and coordinate wellness offerings of yoga, mindfulness-based stress reduction, exercise, massage, and retreats for people with cancer.

Previously directed the cancer counseling program at Cancer Care Resources ( a program of the NW Cancer Specialists), and also directed the Palliative Care Program at Hospice and Palliative Care of Washington County.

Has spoken and written extensively about the impact of cancer on individuals and families, and on palliative and end of life care. Is a Senior Scholar for the Center for Ethics at OHSU. Is a past-president of the Association of Oncology Social Work.


Hedlund, SC, “Oncology Social Work and Palliative Care: An Overview” in Social Work in Health Care, Spitzer and Pearson (eds), in press.

Walsh, K and Hedlund, SC, “Mental Health Risk in Palliative Care: the Social Work Role” in Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care Social Work; Altilio and Otis Green, (eds); Ch. 17, 2011

Miller, PJ, Hedlund, SC, Soule, AB, “Conversations at the End of Life: The Challenge to Support Patients Who Consider Death with Dignity in Oregon”, Jnl. of Social Work in End of Life & Palliative Care, Vol. 2, NO. 2, 2006, pp. 25-43.

Hedlund, SC, "Hope and Communication in Cancer Care, Cancer and Ethics, De Angelo, ed., 2006"

Hedlund, SC and PJ Miller, "End of Life Decision Making, Teaching Resources for End of Life and Palliative Care Courses", Csikai and Jones, eds., 2007

Altilio,T, Otis-Green, S., Hedlund, SC, Fineberg, I. "Issues in Palliative Care, Handbook of Health Care Social Work", 2005, 2nd ed. 2011.

Miller, PJ and Hedlund, SC, “We Just Happen to Live Here: Two Social Workers Share Their Stories About Oregon’s Death With Dignity Law.” Jnl. of Social Work in End of Life & Palliative Care, Vol. 1, 2005