Exploring Spirituality and Health

On this week’s episode of CMDA Matters, Dr. Mike Chupp and Dr. Bill Griffin talk with Dr. Andre Cipta about an important research project he’s been leading that dives deep into the importance of incorporating spiritual care into patient care.





Meet Our Guest


Dr. Andre Cipta serves as the Program Director of the Kaiser Permanente (KP) Palliative Medicine Fellowship, Founding Director of the Palliative Medicine Mid-Career Fellowship Track and the Inaugural Palliative Medicine Clerkship Director at the KP Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. He also holds positions as the Associate Medical Director of the KP Los Angeles Hospice Agency and the Site Director for the City of Hope Palliative Medicine Fellowship. He is board-certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative Medicine. He is a recipient of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) Leadership Scholar Award and a Fellow of the Academy. His commitment to serving those in need led him to study social welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, devote a year to seminary studies at the Master’s Seminary and complete a palliative medicine fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a palliative medicine physician, Dr. Cipta is dedicated to caring for those with serious illness and training the next generation of clinicians. His specific interests lie in medical education innovation and studying the relationship between spirituality and health. He is the inaugural recipient of the CMDA Christian Academic Physicians and Scientists Research Fellowship Award.

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