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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J. Andrew BillingsJ. Andrew Billings, MD

Former Director, Palliative Care Service, Massachusetts General Hospital

Co-Investigator, Serious Illness Care Program, Ariadne Labs

Co-Director, Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

 

Educational and Professional Experience

1967

BA Amherst College

1972

MD Harvard Medical School

1972-1973

Straight Medical Intern, San Francisco General Hospital

1973-75

Medical Resident and Elective Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine, University of California, San Francisco Hospitals

1975-1977

Fellow in Adult Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

1975-1995

Staff Physician, MGH Chelsea Memorial Health Center

1977-2010

Staff Physician at MGH

1995-2010

Director, Palliative Care Service, MGH

1999-

Co-Director, HMS Center for Palliative Care

Current Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Billings began practicing medicine as a primary care physician at a neighborhood health center and at MGH. His special interests were in psychosocial aspects of medicine and in teaching the clinical interview. He soon started a home care program, which led him to hospice at the local and national level. In 1995, Dr. Billings started the Palliative Care Service at MGH. His teachings focus on end-of-life care and especially on communication issues. After piloting a series of Palliative Care Role Model programs under a NIH grant, he and Dr. Block created the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care with the sponsorship of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. They now give an annual faculty development course, Palliative Care Education and Practice; and two annual review courses, Practical Aspects of Palliative Care and Palliative Care for Hospitalists and Intensivists, and will initiate the Serious Illness Communication course in 2015. Special projects at MGH have included integrating palliative care with intensive care and early integration of palliative care into treatment of advanced lung cancer.