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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Katie FitzgeraldKatie Fitzgerald Jones, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN

Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Nursing Director and Nursing Fellowship Director, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital


Educational and Professional Experience


Simmons College Bachelors of Science in Nursing


Registered Nurse, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Medical Intermediate Unit


Simmons College Masters of Science in Nursing in Adult and Geriatric Primary Care


Breast Oncology Nurse Practitioner, South Shore Hospital (in affiliation with Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital)


Palliative care Nurse Practitioner, Dana Farber Cancer Institute/ Brigham and Women's Hospital


Palliative Care Nursing Director

Current Teaching and Research Interests

Katie Fitzgerald, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN is a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at Brigham and Women's Hospital who provides consultation to oncology and non-oncology patients who are facing life-limiting illnesses. She received her nursing education from Simmons College where her interest was in chronic diseases and geriatric populations. After building a strong advanced practice nurse foundation in primary care treating frail elders and those suffering from critical illness she sought out new opportunities to further her communication skills and deepen her oncology knowledge. During her work in oncology she was struck by the barriers to advance care planning and patient centered care sparking her interested in palliative care. Since embarking on her career in palliative nursing, Katie has developed a strong commitment to the education and training of advance practice nurses in the field. She has also been instrumental in the growth of advance practice nurses on the palliative care service at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Katie was promoted to Nurse Director of Palliative Care in 2011, a title that recognizes the unique expertise of nursing with structured leadership. In this new role she has developed a framework that hopes to improve nursing retention and decrease burnout as well as address staffing and hiring deficits. With her colleagues at DFCI and BWH she has also recently received funding to start a palliative care nurse practitioner fellowship, which is one of four such programs in the country. The goal of the fellowship is to improve the training of nurse practitioners through an organized educational and clinical program with structured mentorship.

Katie has recently spoken nationally at the AAHPM/ HPNA annual assembly on the challenges to treating pain and addiction in the critically ill patient. She continues to work on quality improvement initiatives and to advance interdisciplinary collaborations such as standardizing procedures and templates of patients transitioning from pediatric palliative care and the care of cardiology patients considering advance therapies. She speaks annually at ELNEC and is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care. Katie was a recipient of 2012 HPNA Annual Assembly HPNF scholarship.