Instructional Assistant Professor
Borchardt conducts research and teaches courses on palliative and end-of-life care, spirituality and faith in medicine, and medical ethics.
He also serves co-director of practice of Medicine 3, a course for second-year medical students. He led the effort to include and expand palliative care content in the College of Medicine curriculum.
Also known as comfort care, palliative care helps relieve symptoms associated with a chronic illness, such as cancer, cardiac disease or Alzheimer’s. Palliative care teams—which may include specially trained physicians, nurses, social workers and others—provide an extra layer of care for people facing serious health issues. The ultimate goal is to surround patients and their families with resources needed to assist with decision-making, and keep patients home and out of the hospital, while maintaining quality of life.
Borchardt is president and chief executive officer of Hospice Brazos Valley, a nonprofit, community owned, organization providing hospice and palliative care in 17 counties in central Texas. He has been involved in the hospice and palliative care movement for over 30 years and currently serves as the past chair of the Texas Non-Profit Hospice Alliance, a consortium of 20 nonprofit hospices dedicated to expanding the nonprofit hospice model throughout Texas.
He is an assistant professor in Department of Humanities in Medicine at the Texas A&M College of Medicine and a faculty advisor for the John Montgomery Chapter of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Society.
Borchardt completed his undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and received his doctorate degree from Texas A&M in 1996. He holds additional graduate degrees from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa; and Loyola University, New Orleans.