Tim Ford, M.S., CT (ADEC)

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  • Instructor, Faculty Chaplain, VCU Medical Center
  • Email: trford@vcu.edu

Tim Ford serves as the Palliative Care chaplain for the Thomas Palliative Care Unit at the VCU Health System. He received his Bachelor of Arts from St. John's College, a Master of Arts in Religious Studies with a concentration in Engaged Buddhism from Naropa University, and a Master of Sciences in Patient Counseling from VCU.

Mr. Ford's clinical experience had been primarily in hospice, bereavement, and end of life care. He was named the first full-time palliative care chaplain in the nation and as such, leads many local, regional and national discussions on spirituality at the end of life. Mr. Ford is also a lay-ordained Kagyu Buddhist and is often called upon to be an interfaith voice in community discussions of spirituality, health care, and multiculturalism.

In 2015, he received the "Best Teacher" award from the VCU School of Medicine. In 2016, Mr. Ford was one of seven selected nationwide for the first cohort of the Chaplain Research Fellowship program as a part of a John Templeton Foundation's Transforming Chaplaincy: Promoting Research Literacy for Improved Patient Outcome grant.

Recently Tim was featured on Interfaith Voices, the nation’s leading religion news magazine on public radio in a segment called “Mindfulness in Medicine,” which was a part of an hour-long broadcast:   Chaplains Part II:  Contemplative Care.