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Casey Shillam is Professor of Nursing and Dean of the University of Portland School of Nursing & Health Innovations. She holds clinical practice, health policy and administrative experience in palliative care, innovation, curriculum development, and executive leadership. Her contributions to nursing include launching a nursing program at a state university, founding a Palliative Care Institute in partnership with hospitals and non-profit organizations to provide community-based palliative care and interprofessional clinician training, and developing health policy in palliative and end-of-life care and family caregiving at the local, state, and national levels.

Dr. Shillam is a veteran of the United States Air Force. She is a fellow of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Executive Nurse Fellows Program, served two terms on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Health Policy Advisory Council, and served on the AACN Essentials Task Force revising academic standards for nursing education. She is currently co-chair of the US Department of Health & Human Services Family Caregiving Advisory Council.

Dr. Shillam holds a bachelor of arts and letters from Portland State University, a bachelor of science, master of science, and PhD in nursing all from Oregon Health & Science University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of California at Davis.


Casey Shillam


Professor & Dean, School of Nursing & Health Innovations

University of Portland


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