David Shih Wu, M.D.

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  • Director of Palliative Care, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Associate Professor of Medicine

Background

Dr. David S. Wu is an associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Wu serves as the director of Johns Hopkins Bayview Palliative Care. His academic interests include goals of care conversation, integration of arts in healthcare, community codesign, clinical excellence, and quality improvement. He led his team in designing the 3-Act Model, a narrative approach to goals of care training that has been incorporated in multiple programs and units at Johns Hopkins and beyond. 

After graduating from Yale with a B.A. in English, he earned his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed internal medicine residency and palliative medicine fellowship at the University of Washington.

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Titles

  • Director of Palliative Care, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Associate Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Education

Degrees

  • MD; Baylor College of Medicine (2001)

Residencies

  • Internal Medicine; University of Washington School of Medicine (2004)

Fellowships

  • Palliative Medicine; University of Washington School of Medicine (2013)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Hospice and Palliative Care) (2014)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (2004)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Wu DS, Kern DE, Dy SM, Wright SM. Narrative approach to goals of care discussions: a novel curriculum. J Pain Symptom Manage. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2019.08.023

Roberts B, Wright SM, Dy SM, Wu DS. Narrative approach to goals of care discussions: assessing use of the 3-Act Model in the clinical setting [published online June 26, 2020]. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020

Chatterjee S, Roberts B, Ahluwalia AK, Wright S, Wu DS. Integrating narrative goals of care in the MICU: impact on educational and clinical outcomes [published online August 22, 2022]. ATS Scholar. DOI: 10.34197/ats-scholar.2022-0003IN

Wu DS, Mehta AK, Brewer CB, Sloan D, Dy SM, McPherson ML, Dahlin C. Defining clinical excellence in palliative care: a concept whose time has come [published online: Jan 19, 2022]. Am J Hospice Palliat Med. https://doi.org/10.1177/10499091211073968

Wu DS, Harding CD, Lombard FM. Window Treatment—Bringing Art and Joy to Hospital Rooms [published online January 25, 2024]. JAMA.  doi:10.1001/jama.2023.28102

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Hearst American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leadership Scholar, 2018
  • Armstrong Institute Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Academy, 2018
  • Fellow, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2018
  • Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar, 2019
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Department of Medicine Award, 2021
  • Outstanding Educational Program Award for the 3-Act Model curriculum, Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education, 2022
  • Innovations in Clinical Care, Johns Hopkins Medicine / Johns Hopkins Bayview, 2022
  • Circle of Life Award, American Hospital Association, 2023
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