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Spiritual Care Service
Cancer Care Chaplains
Taqwa Surapati, GCIC
Cancer Care Chaplain - Palo Alto
Taqwa completed her chaplain residency at Stanford Health Care, before going to Hartford Seminary in Connecticut for a Graduate Certification in Islamic Chaplaincy in 2014. Prior to that, Taqwa served for a decade as a Spiritual Care volunteer at Stanford and other local hospitals in the San Jose area. Currently finishing her Master of Art in Islamic Studies from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Taqwa’s interests include oncology chaplaincy, how people of faith think of end-of-life situations and advance health care planning. Taqwa came to the US in 1998 from Jakarta, Indonesia.
Ven. Zhiyun Cai. PhD, BCC-PCHAC
Oncology and ICU Chaplain
Ven. Zhiyun Cai is a Board-Certified Chaplain with Palliative Care and Hospice Advanced Certification through the Association of Professional Chaplains. She is a certified grief counselor, ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1993 in the Zen Buddhist tradition. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, trained as a chaplain resident and palliative care fellow at Stanford Health Care from 2015 to 2017. Before transitioning to the current position, she was a chaplain at Cancer Center South Bay and the Emergency Department at Stanford Health Care. She conducts clinical chaplaincy research with several academic medical centers. Her research includes mindfulness training for Palliative Care patients, Competency Cultural Education, and Asian Perceptive on Death and Dying. Ven. Zhiyun Cai has traveled extensively in the United States and overseas to provide spiritual care courses and chaplaincy training.