Shigeko (Seiko) Izumi, Ph.D., RN, FPCN

  • Associate Professor, School of Nursing


My research interests include palliative care, interprofessional collaboration, implementaion science, and nursing/professional ethics. In prior studies, I have studied integration of primary palliative care (e.g., advance care planning, care coordination) into nursing practice and interprofessional team care, looked at the end-of-life decision making process over illness trajectories of older adults, descriptions of quality nursing care for hospitalized patients with advance illness, and ethical practice by nurses in end-of-life care. My current project uses pragmatic trials and  implementation science approach to examine implementation of advance care planning in primary care practice. The goal of my program of research is to improve quality of care and reduce health inequity for patients and their families living with serious illness and complext care needds across health care settings.

Education and training

    • B.S.N., 1988, Chiba University
    • M.S.N., 1992, The Catholic University of America School of Nursing
    • Ph.D., 2003, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing
  • Fellowship

    • 2009 Post-doctoral fellowship (F32), Oregon Health & Science University, School of Nursing
    • 2006 Post-doctoral fellowship (T32), Oregon Health & Science University, School of Nursing

Areas of interest

  • palliative care, patient-centered value-based care, implementation science, qualitative and mixed methods research

Honors and awards

  • Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing
  • 2016 AAHPM/HPNA annual assembly Best Research Poster Award
  • 2010, 2012 Western Institution for Nursing Best Poster Finalist
  • 2011 Sigma Theta Tau Delta Chi Chapter-at-Large Nurse Excellence in Research Award
  • 2000 Sigma Theta Tau International member
  • 2019 American Geriatric Society Presidential Poster Award
  • 2020 OHSU School of Nursing Graduate Faculty Excellent in Teaching Award
  • 2015 Cambia Health Foundation Palliative Care Leadership Fellow
  • 2022 Fellow in Western Academy of Nursing



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