Dr. Daniel B. Hinshaw

Dr. Daniel B. Hinshaw

Professor of Palliative Care

Daniel B. Hinshaw, M.D. is professor emeritus of surgery at the University of Michigan School of Medicine and consultant in palliative medicine at the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center. The founding director of the Palliative Care Consultation Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he formerly served as chief of surgery then as chief of the medical staff at the VAMC and assistant dean for Veterans Affairs. His clinical research interests are focused on care at the end of life, spiritual distress in advanced illness, and the use of massage in the relief of pain and suffering. His basic research interests were focused on mechanisms of cell injury and death. 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 joined the University of Michigan medical faculty in 1987. Dr. Hinshaw took a clinical fellowship in palliative medicine at the Cleveland Clinic during a sabbatical in 2001. He has provided volunteer services in hospice programs in Uganda and Ethiopia, as well as in Romania where he has been a visiting professor at Transilvania University in Brasov and worked with local faculty to create master’s level courses in palliative care. He has also served as a visiting professor at the University of Belgrade in the Republic of Serbia. Dr. Hinshaw currently serves as professor of palliative care at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) and visiting professor at Balamand University in Lebanon. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Committee on Surgical Palliative Care of the American College of Surgeons.

In addition to more than eighty papers published in scientific journals and in volumes of collected works, he is the author of Suffering and the Nature of Healing, published in 2013, and Touch and the Healing of the World, published in 2017, both by St. Vladimir’s Seminary (SVS) Press. For the fall semester of 2018, he was a visiting professor and residential fellow at the Notre Dame University Institute for Advanced Studies, where he has been working on his third book, Thriving in the Face of Mortality: Kenosis and the Mystery of Life

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 joined the University of Michigan medical faculty in 1987. Dr. Hinshaw took a clinical fellowship in palliative medicine at the Cleveland Clinic during a sabbatical in 2001.

Teaching Interests

He currently teaches a course entitled, "Ministry to the Sick and Dying," in the Pastoral Theology curriculum to masters and doctoral level students at SVOTS.

Current Projects and Research Interests

Dr. Hinshaw’s most recent scholarly book was initiated during a fellowship at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies during the Fall Semester of Academic Year 2018-2019, and is entitled, Thriving in the Face of Mortality: Kenosis and the Mystery of Life. It has been submitted for publication and is currently under review at the University of Notre Dame Press.

Recent Courses Taught at SVOTS

PT320/520 Ministry to the Sick and Dying

Selected Publications

Some recent publications that are relevant to his service as sessional professor of palliative care at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary include:

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, 2014; 31 (1): 6-12. (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 9, Supplement 1: 51-60, February 2013.
  • Pawlik, TM, Devon, KM, Fields, CA, and Hinshaw, DB, “What are patients’ expectations about the effects of chemotherapy for advanced cancer?” J Am Coll Surg 219.3: 588-590, 2014.

Chapters in Books:

  • Davis, MP and Hinshaw, DB, “Management of Visceral Pain Due to Cancer-Related Intestinal Obstruction (Chapter 38),” Cancer Pain: Pharmacologic, Interventional, and Palliative Care Approaches: 481-495;ed. De Leon-Casasola, OA., Elsevier Science, Philadelphia PA, 2006.
    Hinshaw, DB, “Management of the Older Surgical Patient (Chapter 5g), Current Surgical Diagnosis and Treatment, 12th edition: 69-74; Ed. Doherty, G., McGraw-Hill, NY, NY, 2006.
    Hinshaw, DB and Dunn, GP, Chapter 19, Care During the Final Days of Life in Surgical Palliative Care: A Resident’s Guide,” 227-240; 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, Palliative Care and Surgery in Supportive Oncology, 390-397; Eds. Davis MP, Feyer, PC, Ortner, P, and Zimmermann, C. Elsevier, Saunders; Philadelphia, PA, 2011.
    Hinshaw, DB, Jacobson, PD, and Weisel, MP, Chapter 8, Individual and Social Callousness towards Human Suffering in Suffering and Bioethics, 157-181; Eds., Green, RM and Palpant, NJ; Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2014.
    Hall, DE, Angelos, P, Dunn, GP, Hinshaw, DB, and Pawlik, TM, Chapter 48, Ethics, Palliative Care and Care at the End of Life in Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery 10th Ed., 1941-1954; Brunicardi, F.C., Editor-in-Chief;  McGraw Hill, NY, NY, 2015.
    Hinshaw, DB, “Kenosis of the Dying: An Invitation to Healing,” The Role of Death in Life: A Multidisciplinary Examination of the Relationship between Life and Death, 155-163; eds. Cunningham, C and Behr, J.; Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2015.
  • Hinshaw, DB, Chapter 5, Spirituality and Surgery in Surgical Palliative Care; Eds. Dunn, G & Mosenthal, A; Oxford University Press, forthcoming (2019).

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.

Books:

  • Hinshaw, DB, Suffering and the Nature of Healing; St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, Yonkers, New York, 2013.
  • Hinshaw, DB, Touch and the Healing of the World; St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, Yonkers, New York 2017
  • Hinshaw, DB, Thriving in the Face of Mortality: Kenosis and the Mystery of Life; Submitted for publication and under review, 2019.

Recent Conference Presentations and Activities

Invited participant and presenter in the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Antioch on Family, Balamand, Lebanon, 4-8 October 2019.

Recent Awards

Fellowship in the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, Fall Semester 2018