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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Vicki A. JacksonVicki A. Jackson, MD, MPH

Chief, Palliative Care Division, Massachusetts General Hospital

Co-Director, Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

 

Educational and Professional Experience

1990

B.S. Psychology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

1995

M.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

1995-1998

Medical Resident, The Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, MA

1998-1999

Chief Resident in Medicine, The Cambridge Hospital

1999-2001

Harvard General Medicine, Research Fellow

2001

M.P.H Harvard School of Public Health-Concentration in Clinical Effectiveness

2001-2002

Pain and Palliative Care, Clinical Fellow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital

2002-2004

Program in Cancer Outcomes Research Training, Research Fellow

2004-2006

Director, Palliative Care Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

2006-2010

Director, Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship

2009-2010

Acting Chief, Palliative Care Service, Massachusetts General Hospital

2010-

Chief, Palliative Service, Massachusetts General Hospital

2015-

Co-Director, Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care

Current Teaching and Research Interests

Since completing her clinical training in Internal Medicine at The Cambridge Hospital, Palliative Care at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Hospital, as well as her research training through the Harvard Medical School General Medicine Fellowship and the Harvard University School of Public Health, Dr. Jackson has focused her effort as a clinician, educator, and leader in palliative medicine locally and nationally. In the clinical arena, she spearheaded the development of a novel outpatient palliative care clinic in the MGH Cancer Center and is the palliative care lead for an NIH study to further evaluate the benefits of this delivery model. As an educator, Dr. Jackson received extensive training in medical education through several fellowships. Her scholarly work focused on the development and evaluation of communication curricula for palliative care fellows and attending physicians caring for seriously ill patients. In her role as Chief of Palliative Care for Massachusetts General Hospital, she oversees all clinical, educational, and research initiatives related to Palliative Care.

She has a great husband Philip Knapp who is an endocrinologist at Boston Medical Center. His favorite gland is the adrenal. They also have 2 terrific children Hannah and Sam and a fluffy, loveable golden retriever, Doris, who also happens to be the MGH Palliative Care dog. Dr. Jackson is also a Midwesterner and Green Bay Packer fan.