Karin Van Vlack

Titles and Roles

Spiritual Health Clinician and Fellow
Emory Proton Therapy Center
Spiritual Health Provider
Adrenal Cancer
Anal Cancer
Appendix Cancer
Bladder Cancer
Brain and Spine Tumors
Breast Cancer
Cervical Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Esophageal Cancer
Gallbladder Cancer
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor
Head and Neck Cancer
Kidney Cancer
Liver Cancer
Lung Cancer
Multiple Myeloma
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Ocular Melanoma
Ovarian Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer
Penile Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Skin Cancer
Stomach Cancer
Testicular Cancer
Thyroid Cancer
Uterine Cancer


Rev. Karin Van Vlack is a Spiritual Health Clinician and Fellow for Winship Cancer Institute at the Emory Proton Therapy Center. Karin provides spiritual and emotional support to patients with cancer treated with proton therapy. Additionally, Karin supports patients receiving palliative care at the Emory Outpatient Supportive Care Clinic. She enjoys helping to cultivate conditions for patients and their care partners to reflect on the relationships and practices that are most supportive and meaningful in their living.


Karin is a graduate of the Zen Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program at Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The following year, she was ordained as a lay minister by Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD. She finished additional coursework at the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Starr King School for the Ministry. Karin completed clinical pastoral education internships at Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) hospitals before going on to completed a residency at CHI Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care. She holds a certificate in end-of-life doula care.

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