Christina M. Puchalski, M.D.
Dr. Puchalski is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Health Care Sciences at The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of The George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish), a center that develops educational, clinical, and research programs for physicians and other healthcare professionals regarding the role of spirituality and health in medicine. Dr. Puchalski is an internationally known leader in the field of spirituality and health and a recognized pioneer in the field, especially in curriculum development for Spirituality and Health. Her curriculum has received honors and has been the model for innovative curricula throughout the country. Through her efforts, over 75% of medical schools today teach courses in spirituality and health.
As a result of her background as a basic scientist at NIH, Dr. Puchalski is able to bridge the art and science of medicine in her work. She is published widely in journals on work ranging from basic research in biochemistry to issues in ethics, culture and spirituality, and healthcare. She has also authored numerous chapters in books and edited a book published by Oxford University Press titled, A Time for Listening and Caring: Spirituality and the Care of the Chronically Ill and Dying. Dr. Puchalski has chaired and co-chaired numerous conferences and participated in many consensus conferences on issues related to spirituality and health, as well as palliative care. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, as well as in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Washington Times.