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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Eva H. ChittendenEva H. Chittenden, MD, FACP, FAAHPM

Associate Physician and Director of Educational Programs, Palliative Care Service, Massachusetts General Hospital

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School


Educational and Professional Experience


B.A., Yale College, Summa cum laude


M.D., Harvard Medical School


Medicine Intern and Resident, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston


Physician, Tuba City Indian Medical Center, Indian Health Service


Attending physician, Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland, CA


Hospitalist and palliative care physician, Moffitt-Long Hospital


Co-Director, Foundations of Patient Care and Director, Transitional Clerkship, UCSF


Acting Director, UCSF Palliative Care Service


Director of Educational Programs, MGH Palliative Care Service


Associate Director, MGH Palliative Care Service

Current Teaching and Research Interests

Eva H. Chittenden, MD is a clinician educator at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she sees patients in the palliative care clinic. As Director of Educational Programs, Eva advocates for primary palliative care. She develops and nurtures educational programs for medical students, residents, and non-hospice and palliative medicine fellows in basic palliative care competencies. She co-directs two CME courses at the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care: Practical Aspects of Palliative Care (PAPC) and Palliative Care for Hospitalists and Intensivists (PCFHI.) Eva was a member of the AAHPM Fellowship Competencies Workgroup, which defined fellowship competencies, measurable outcomes, and evaluation tools. With Dr. Kristen Schaefer and colleagues, she developed and validated palliative care competencies for medical students and residents, which were published in Academic Medicine. Eva has a particular interest in best practices in resuscitation discussions and advance care planning and speaks widely on this topic. She is married and has three children under the age of 12.