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

Assistant 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

In addition to her outpatient and inpatient clinical responsibilities, Eva Chittenden, M.D. collaborates with her leadership team to set strategic priorities, develop programs and policies, and mentor junior faculty. As Director of Educational Programs, Dr. Chittenden develops and grows educational programs for medical students, residents, and non-hospice and palliative medicine fellows in all aspects of palliative care on her inpatient and outpatient services. An important priority of hers is working with colleagues at Dana-Farber to increase palliative care teaching in the Harvard Medical School curriculum. Nationally, Eva was a member of the AAHPM Fellowship Competencies Workgroup which has defined fellowship competencies, measurable outcomes, and evaluation tools. She currently co-leads the AAHPM Medical Student and Resident competencies project. Eva has a particular interest in best practices in resuscitation discussions and advance care planning and speaks widely on this topic.