Harvard Medical SchoolCenter for Palliative Care

Our Mission

The Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care (HMS CPC) aims to ease suffering and enhance the quality of care for patients and their families dealing with life-threatening and/or serious illness, through fostering leadership and supporting outstanding educational programs in palliative care. By educating future generations of physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals, the Center serves as a national and international resource for the best practices in palliative care education and practice.

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Janet AbrahmJanet L. Abrahm, MD

Former Chief, Division of Adult Palliative Care, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

 

Educational and Professional Experience

1966-1969

University of California, Berkeley

1970

B.S. University of California, San Francisco Medical School

1973

M.D. University of California, San Francisco Medical School

1973-1974

Straight Medical Intern, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

1974-76

Medical Resident and Fellowship in Hematology, Massachusetts General Hospital

1976-1977

Chief Medical Resident, Moffitt Hospital, UCSF

1977-1980

Fellow in Hematology/Oncology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

1980-2000

Staff Physician, HUP and Philadelphia VA Medical Center

1994-1996

Chief, Medical Service, Philadelphia VA Medical Center

1996-1997

Associate Chief of Staff, Primary Care and Consultative Medicine, Philadelphia VA Medical Center

1997-2000

Fellowship Director, Palliative Care Fellowship, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

1998-2000

Director, Education and Research and Medical Director, Wissahickon Hospice of the University of Pennsylvania Health System

2001-

Staff Physician at DFCI and BWH

2001-2007

Director, Pain and Palliative Care Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

2001-2008

Director, Pain and Palliative Care Service, DFCI/BWH

2001-2011

Associate Professor, Medicine Harvard Medical School

2008-2013

Division Chief, Adult Palliative Care, DFCI/BWH

2011-

Professor, Medicine Harvard Medical School

Current Teaching and Research Interests

Janet Abrahm’s, M.D. teaching and research concentration within palliative care is pain and symptom management of patients with cancer. The third edition of her book, A Physician’s Guide to Pain and Symptom Management in Cancer Patients, will be published in 2014 by Johns Hopkins University Press. Janet is currently a co-investigator of R01 and PCORI-funded studies designed to improve oncologists’ ability to provide better symptom control for their cancer patients and to enhance patient self-management of symptoms. She also teaches about difficult conversations, and has a great deal of experience in palliative care program development.