Professor of Palliative Care

As an ICU and oncology nurse early in her career, Mary Ersek saw the need for better palliative and end-of-life care firsthand. When Dr. Ersek began conducting research, she realized that people living in nursing homes who have dementia were especially in need of palliative care.

“I am committed to enhancing the quality of care for persons with serious illness, especially older adults who are cared for in nursing homes, those with dementia, and veterans.”


  • PhD , University of Washington, 1991
  • MN, University of Washington, 1987
  • BS, Georgetown University, 1980