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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Todd HultmanTodd Hultman, PhD, ACNP, ACHPN

Nurse Practitioner and Co-Director, Inpatient Palliative Care Consultation Service, Massachusetts General Hospital


Educational and Professional Experience


B.A. College of William and Mary


Ph.D. Psychology, UNC-Chapel Hill


M.S.N. Acute Care, MGH Institute of Health Professions


Nurse Practitioner, Hospice of the North Shore


Assistant Professor of Nursing, UMass Lowell


Nurse Practitioner, MGH Palliative Care Service


President, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

Current Teaching and Research Interests

Mr. Hultman began his professional career in the field of child and family services as a psychologist/ psychotherapist. From this beginning he developed a deep appreciation for the resiliency of families facing chaos. At midlife, Todd made a decision to change careers, entering the field of advanced practice nursing. During this transition, he developed an interest in palliative care, as it represented to him the very foundation of nursing practice with its focus on holism and care of the patient in relation to family. During his nursing career, Todd has developed and taught curriculum focusing on palliative nursing and its contribution to palliative care, with an emphasis on psychosocial issues and care of families facing serious illness. He has recently begun a line of research in sleep in the acute care setting, given the prevalence of insomnia in patients with advanced illness.