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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Eva H. ChittendenEva H. Chittenden, MD, FACP

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

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

 

Educational and Professional Experience

1988

B.A., Yale College, Summa cum laude

1995

M.D., Harvard Medical School

1995-1998

Medicine Intern and Resident, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston

1998-2000

Physician, Tuba City Indian Medical Center, Indian Health Service

2001-2002

Attending physician, Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland, CA

2002-2008

Hospitalist and palliative care physician, Moffitt-Long Hospital

2006-2008

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

2007-2008

Acting Director, UCSF Palliative Care Service

2008-

Director of Educational Programs, MGH Palliative Care Service

2009-

Associate Director, MGH Palliative Care Service

Current Teaching and Research Interests

In addition to her outpatient and inpatient clinical responsibilities, Dr. Chittenden collaborates with her leadership team to set strategic priorities, develop programs and policies, and mentor junior faculty. As Director of Educational Programs, she 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 Cancer Institute to increase palliative care teaching in the Harvard Medical School curriculum. Nationally, she 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. She has a particular interest in best practices in resuscitation discussions and advance care planning and speaks widely on this topic.