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

Co-Director, Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care

Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Harvard Medical School

 

Educational and Professional Experience

1972

A.B. Stanford University

1977

M.D. 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

Throughout her career, Dr. Block has had a strong interest in improving care of patients with life-threatening illness. Dr. Block has been a national leader in the development of the field of palliative medicine, has led major innovative educational 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 has devoted much of her effort in the past twenty years to faculty development. As the conceptualizer, founder, and National Program Director of the Project on Death in America (PDIA) Faculty Scholars Program, she mentored and provided support to eighty-seven outstanding physicians and nurses who led the development of the field of palliative care. This program is viewed as a primary force in the development of palliative medicine as a discipline within the United States. She is currently the leader of the Palliative Care Research Team at Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health care innovation at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health. She is the author of over 150 publications and has won numerous awards for education, research and leadership. She is the founding chair of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is married to J. Andrew Billings, MD.