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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Marshall ForsteinMarshall Forstein, MD

Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


Educational and Professional Experience


B.A., Middlebury College


M.D., College of Medicine, University of Vermont


Internship, Presbyterian Hospital, Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco


Residency In Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital


Staff psychiatrist, Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, MA


Director, HIV Services, Cambridge Hospital


Director, Adult Psychiatric Residency Training

Current Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Forstein has taught in the patient-doctor course, and in the "Living with Life Threatening Illness Course" at Harvard Medical School. He was asked to participate as core faculty in the program in Palliative Care Education and Practice directed by Susan Block and Andy Billings. He teaches nationally and internationally on HIV and AIDS, and on sexual orientation and gender identity formation, training mental health providers, primary care providers, and residents. He was a co-PI on a federal HIV training grant and continues to do teaching and training through the American Psychiatric Association's SAMHSA HIV Training Grant. Current research interests include developing a brief neuropsychiatric screening tool for cognitive impairment in HIV. Assessing how cognitive impairments affect adherence to treatment and the processing of information about end-of-life care are two of his interests. He served on the Robert Wood Johnson Workgroup on HIV Palliative Care and is currently the Chair of the Steering Committee on HIV Education and Training of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Forstein was a member of an Institute of Medicine Committee on Data Collection for HIV Services initiated by the Office of National AIDS Policy out of the White House. His current position is Training Director for the Adult Psychiatry Residency Program at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. He is currently serving on the Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, reviewing residency training programs throughout the United States. In addition to the wonderful chance to prepare the next generation of psychiatrists, he is working with a multidisciplinary advisory group to develop palliative care at the Cambridge Health Alliance, and inserting teaching about end-of-life care into the psychiatric curriculum.