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Sunil Kumar Aggarwal

Integrative Rehabilitation and Palliative Care physician


Aggarwal is a hospice and palliative medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation physician and medical geographer. His primary clinical work is as an Integrative Pain, Palliative Care, and Rehabilitation physician in private practice at AIMS Institute in Seattle, and as an on-call MultiCare Palliative Physician and Associate Medical Director of MultiCare Hospice in Tacoma. He previously ran the palliative care medicine consultation service at the MultiCare Auburn hospital and regional cancer center. His medical geographic scholarship interests are in geographies of access, delivery, and development of cannabinologic and psychedelic integrative medicine, especially as they pertain to development in pain management, hospice and palliative medicine, and rehabilitation services. Aggarwal is also interested in global health equity, social medicine, and health and human rights, and uses a political ecology of health and disease approach to understand psychoactive biotic commons enclosures, seed sovereignty reclamation, depathologization movements, and related therapeutic landscape formations.

Scheduled Appearances


Psychedelics and Our Mental Health

Crosscut Festival 2023
Sat May 6, 2023 | 11:30am

Psychedelics, like Ketamine, LSD and Psilocybin, have been shown to be effective in treating many mental health conditions. Ketamine was approved by the FDA, and it's likely that more psychedelics will be legalized in the coming years. While they may offer new hope for people who have not responded to traditional treatments, there are many concerns about safety and a lot of questions to ask.

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Featuring: Nathan Sackett, Sunil Kumar Aggarwal, Carl Zimmer

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About the Festival

The Crosscut Ideas Festival is a celebration of big ideas and a gathering for bold thinkers. Newsmakers, changemakers and innovators come together to take a fresh look at the biggest issues of our time. Over one week, the Crosscut Ideas Festival hosts fireside conversations and panels, meetups, art installations, workshops, and interactive experiences.

headliners gala

Celebrate the best of PNW community and culture while supporting public media. Enjoy a night of entertainment with a culinary tour of the region curated by premier chefs and restaurateurs, Hear from The Daily host Michael Barbaro, and bid on a unique items in a PBS and Northwest-themed auction.