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Allison Kestenbaum, a board-certified chaplain (NAJC and APC) and certified pastoral educator (ACPE), is the Supervisor of Spiritual Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at UC San Diego Health.

Allison holds advanced certification as a hospice and palliative care chaplain and works with the Doris A. Howell Palliative Care Service at UCSDH. She conducts research about spiritual palliative care education and was the first chaplain to receive a Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholars Palliative Care Leadership Award (2018).

Prior to working at UC San Diego Health, Allison served as Director of Programs at the Center for Pastoral Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC. She completed her chaplaincy training and worked as a Chaplain Supervisor at UC San Francisco Health. She earned her MA in Judaic Studies and MPA in Non-profit Management and Public Policy from New York University.

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