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Tyler Tate, M.D., M.A.

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  • Miles J. Edwards Chair in Professionalism and Comfort Care
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine


  • Pediatrics

Special focus

  • Palliative Care

About me

Dr. Tate specializes in caring for children and adults with serious medical conditions. He has advanced training in palliative medicine, a field committed to providing excellent symptom management and facilitating clear and thoughtful communication among patients, families, and medical teams. Dr. Tate’s favorite thing about palliative medicine is that he often gets to sit down with patients and their families and listen to their stories. He deeply values the relationships that he is able to build through his work.

From a scholarly perspective, his research lies at the intersection of philosophy, religion, literature and medical practice. As a practicing palliative care physician, Dr. Tate is interested in identifying and analyzing the conceptual foundations of palliative care with a special focus of suffering, flourishing and love, as well as language and metaphor use in the medical encounter. In addition, he is interested in the moral formation of clinicians and in how medical education can better cultivate compassionate and humanistic medical care.

Languages spoken

  • Spanish (some)

Education and training

    • M.D., 2012, University of Alabama
    • M.A., 2017, University of Washington
  • Residency

    • Pediatrics, University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA, 2015
  • Fellowship

    • Clinical Ethics, University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle, WA, 2017
    • Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2018
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Pediatrics, 2015
    • American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2018

Memberships and associations:

  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Society of Christian Ethics
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