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Dr. Susan Bauer-Wu

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, well-recognized for her work in mindfulness and integrative medicine, is a meditation practitioner and teacher, clinician, researcher, and educator, whose work focuses on stress resiliency and the cultivation of mindfulness, compassion and other prosocial qualities in the context of health care and higher education. She is the Kluge Professor in Contemplative End-of-Life Care and director of the Compassionate Care Initiative at the University of Virginia (UVa) School of Nursing, with secondary appointment in the UVa Department of Religious Studies. Informed by a solid clinical foundation in oncology, psychiatric, and hospice nursing, her current work focuses on the use of mind-body and integrative approaches to bolster well-being and health. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow, senior fellow of the Mind & Life Institute, Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, past-president of the Society for Integrative Oncology, on the Board of Advisors of Mindful magazine, among other significant service and honors. Besides her academic scholarship, Susan has authored a book for the lay public,  Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion, & Connectedness (New Harbinger Publications, 2011).

Susan facilitates retreats, workshops, and resiliency training programs throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Susan is nourished by nature and animals and particularly enjoys hiking and gardening. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband, John, and their two dogs, Keiko and Riku.


Susan Bauer-Wu's Faculty Page at University of Virginia