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.

Faculty

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Susan D. BlockSusan D. Block, MD

Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital

Director, Serious Illness Care Program, Ariadne Labs

Co-Director, Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care

Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Harvard Medical School

 

Educational and Professional Experience

1972

AB Stanford University

1977

MD Case Western Reserve University

1977-1982

Internship and Residencies in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston

1982-1985

Medical Director, Hospice of Cambridge

1983-1988

Assistant Director, The New Pathway Project in General Medicine Education

1988-1993

Associate Director of Training and Education, Massachusetts Mental Health Center

1992-1998

Director of Medical Education Evaluation Research, Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Harvard Medical School

1995-2000

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Ambulatory Care and Prevention

1998-2008

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

1999-

Co-Director, HMS Center for Palliative Care

2000-2006

Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Medicine)

2006-

Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine

2008-

Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care

Current Teaching and Research Interests

Susan D. Block, MD is the founding Chair of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Co-Director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care, and Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is also the Director of the Serious Illness Car Program at Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health care innovation at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Block received her AB from Stanford University, her MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and completed residencies in both internal medicine and psychiatry at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. She is board-certified in both fields. Dr. Block has been a national leader in the development of the field of palliative medicine, has led major innovative educational and quality improvement projects in a variety of areas, is known internationally as an expert in medical education and faculty development, and has contributed to research in medical education, palliative care, psychooncology, and health system change. She is the author of over 150 publications and has won numerous awards for education, research, and leadership. She is married to Andy Billings. They have two grown children. And a dog, Waldo.