Dr. Daniel B. Hinshaw

Dr. Daniel B. Hinshaw

Professor of Pallative Care

Daniel B. Hinshaw is a professor of surgery at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. The founding director of the Palliative Care Consultation Service at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he formerly served as chief of surgery then as chief of the medical staff at the VAMC. His clinical research interests are focused on care at the end of life, spiritual distress in advanced illness, and the use of complementary medicine in the relief of pain. Basic research interests have included the toxicology of mustard gas and the role of the microfilament system in coordinating the events of programmed cell death (apoptosis).

Educational Background

Dr. Hinshaw was educated at Loma Linda University (LLU) and earned his M.D. at the LLU School of Medicine in 1978. After a surgical residency at LLU Medical Center, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Immunology at the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, California. He became an assistant professor of surgery at the Medical College of Virginia in 1985, an appointment he held for two years while he also was a staff surgeon at the McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center in Richmond. Joining the University of Michigan medical faculty as an assistant professor of surgery in 1987, he was named to his present position in 1999. Dr. Hinshaw took a clinical fellowship in palliative medicine at the Cleveland Clinic during a sabbatical two years later.

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

Hinshaw, Daniel B. and Carnahan-Hinshaw, Jane:  A Christian Ending to Our Life.  St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 44(1): 61-82, 2000.

Easson, AM, Hinshaw, DB, and Johnson, DL.  The Role of Tube Feeding and Total Parenteral Nutrition in Advanced Illness (with Invited Commentary). J Am Coll Surg 194: 225-229, 2002.

Piotrowski, MM and Hinshaw, DB. The Safety Checklist Program: Creating a Culture of Safety in Intensive Care Units. Joint Comm. J Qual. Improv. 28: 306-315, 2002.

Piotrowski, MM, Saint, S, and Hinshaw, DB. The Safety Case Management Committee: Expanding the Avenues for Addressing Patient Safety.  Joint Comm. J Qual. Improv. 28: 296-305, 2002.

Hinshaw, DB, Carnahan, JM, and Johnson, DL. Depression, Anxiety, and Asthenia in Advanced Illness (with Invited Commentary). J Am Coll Surg. 195: 271-278, 2002

Hinshaw, DB. The Spiritual Needs of the Dying Patient (with Invited Commentary). J Am Coll Surg. 195: 565-569, 2002

Hinshaw, DB, Pawlik, T, Mosenthal, AC, Civetta, JM, and Hallenbeck, J. When Do We Stop, and How Do We Do It? Medical Futility and Withdrawal of Care. J Am Coll Surg. 196: 621-651, 2003.

Piotrowski, MM, Paterson, C, Mitchinson, A, Kim, HM, Kirsh, M, Hinshaw, DB. Massage as Adjuvant Therapy in the Management of Acute Postoperative Pain: A Preliminary Study in Men. J Am Coll Surg. 197: 1037-1046, 2003

Lee, KF, Purcell, GP, Hinshaw, DB, Krouse, RS, and Baluss, M. Clinical Palliative Care for Surgeons: Part 1. J Am Coll Surg. 198: 303-319, 2004.

Lee, KF, Johnson, D, Purcell, GP, Hinshaw, DB, Krouse, RS, and Baluss, M. Clinical Palliative Care for Surgeons: Part 2. J Am Coll Surg. 198: 477-491, 2004.

Hinshaw, DB. Spiritual Issues at the End of Life. Clin in Family Pract, 6(2): 423-440, 2004.

Hinshaw, DB. Spiritual Issues in Surgical Palliative Care. Surg Clin N Am, 85:257-272, 2005.

Mitchinson, AM, Kim, HM, Rosenberg, JM, Geisser, M, Kirsh, M, Cikrit, D, and Hinshaw, DB. Acute post-operative pain management using massage as adjuvant therapy:  A randomized trial. Arch Surg, 142(2):1158-1167, 2007.

Mitchinson, AM, Kim, HM, Geisser, ME, Rosenberg, JM, Hinshaw, DB. Social Connectedness and Patient Recovery after Major Operations. J. Am. Coll. Surg. 206(2):292-300, 2008.

Hinshaw, DB. Ethical Issues in End-of-Life Care. J. Med. Liban. 56(2):122-128, 2008.

Woll, M, Hinshaw, DB, and Pawlik, TM. Spirituality and Religion in the Care of Surgical 

Oncology  Patients with Life-Threatening or Advanced Illnesses. Ann. Surg. Oncol. 15(11): 3048-3057, 2008.

Hinshaw, DB and Dunn, GP. Special Issue on Palliative Surgery: Guest Editorial. Prog. Pall. Care 17(5): 235-6, 2009. 

Hinshaw, DB, Carnahan, JM, Breck, JR, Mosoiu, N, and Mosoiu, D. Spiritual Issues in Suffering: Creating a Dialogue Between Clergy and Palliative Care Providers. Prog. Pall. Care, 19(1): 7-14, 2011. 

Mitchinson, A, Fletcher, C, Kim, M, Montagnini, M, and Hinshaw, DB. Integrating     massage therapy within the palliative care of veterans with advanced illnesses:  An outcome study.  Am. J. Hosp. Pall. Care, published on line 18 February, 2013; DOI:   10.1177/1049909113476568.

Hinshaw, DB, and Carnahan Hinshaw, J. Addiction at the End of Life: ‘Total Pain’ and the Passions, European Journal of Science and Theology, February 2013, Vol. 9, Supplement 1, 51-60.  

Chapters in Books

Davis, MP and Hinshaw, DB. Management of Visceral Pain Due to Cancer-Related Intestinal Obstruction (Chapter 38) pages 481-495, 2006. In Cancer Pain: Pharmacologic, Interventionaland Palliative Care Approaches, ed. De Leon-Casasola, OA., Elsevier Science, Philadelphia PA.

Hinshaw, DB. Management of the Older Surgical Patient (Chapter 5g) pages 69-74, 2006. In Current Surgical Diagnosis and Treatment, 12th edition; Editor: Doherty, G., McGraw-Hill, NY, NY.

Hall, DE, Angelos, P, Dunn, GP, Hinshaw, DB, and Pawlik, TM. Chapter 48, The Moral Foundations of Surgery: Ethics, Palliative Care and Care at the End of Life in Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery, 9th ed., McGraw Hill, NY, NY, 2009.

Hinshaw, DB and Dunn, GP. Chapter 19 (pages 227-240): Care During the Final Days of Life in Surgical Palliative Care: A Resident’s Guide. GP Dunn, Editor-in-Chief, Martensen, R, and Weissman, D, Associate Editors. American College of Surgeons & Cuniff-Dixon Foundation. Essex, CT. 2009

Dunn, GP, Hinshaw, DB, and Pawlik, TM. Chapter 37 (pages 390-397): Palliative Care and Surgery in Supportive Oncology. Eds. Davis MP, Feyer, PC, Ortner, P, and Zimmermann, C. Elsevier, Saunders, Philadelphia, PA, 2011. 

Hinshaw, DB, Jacobson, PD, and Weisel, MP. Chapter 5: Individual and Social Callousness towards Human Suffering in Suffering in Bioethics; Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK in press, 2014.

Hinshaw, DB. Kenosis of the Dying: An Invitation to Healing, chapter in press in The Role of Life in Death, eds. Cunningham, C and Behr, J., Wipf and Stock Publishers 2014

Manuals/Educational Texts

Mosoiu, D, Hinshaw, J, Hinshaw, D, Burlacu, G, Horeica, R, Ancuta, C, and Mitrea, N. Manualul Formatorului in Ingrijirea Paliativa [Training Manual in Palliative Care] (for undergraduate nursing training in palliative care). Fundatia Hospice Casa Sperantei, Brasov Romania, 2010. 


Hinshaw, DB. Suffering and the Nature of Healing; St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, Yonkers, New York 2013.