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Palliative Medicine

The Palliative Care Service at Virginia Hospital Center began in 2004 as the first hospital-based palliative care program in Northern Virginia. Palliative Care is dedicated to relieving suffering and improving quality of life for patients with severe illnesses. Palliative Care supports patients throughout all stages of their illness and treatment. We offer expertise in treating symptoms such as pain, fatigue, breathing difficulty, and anxiety. In addition to treating distressing physical symptoms, our interdisciplinary team, made up of doctors, nurses, social workers, and chaplains, addresses the psychosocial and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

We know that it is important for you to better understand your diagnosis and choices for care. By choosing Palliative Care, you can still receive curative treatments and continue to work with your primary doctor.


The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval®

The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™The Palliative Care Program at Virginia Hospital Center has achieved Joint Commission certification for advanced Palliative Care. This 2-year certification is bestowed on organizations that have achieved a standard of care that reflects continuous safe, high-quality care, services and treatment.

Our Medical Team

Michelle Erli, DNP, RN, ACNPC-AG

Palliative Medicine
Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Delaware where she graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors in 2011. She went on to earn a Doctor’s...

James Shear, MD

Palliative Medicine
Board certified in Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, Critical Care, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. James M. Shear completed his training at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital St. Louis, after graduating from the...

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