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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Mihir M. Kamdar, MDMihir M. Kamdar, MD

Associate Director, Division of Palliative Care and Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Director, Cancer Pain Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital

Attending, Palliative Care and Anesthesia Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School


Educational and Professional Experience


Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine


Internal Medicine Residency: Brigham & Women’s Hospital


Fellowship: Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship


Fellowship: MGH Anesthesia Pain Medicine Fellowship


Staff Attending, Palliative Care and Anesthesia Pain Medicine, Mass General
Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Current Teaching and Research Interests

Education is an incredibly important aspect of Dr. Kamdar's work, and one that he values and enjoys greatly. On a daily basis, he supervises fellows in both Palliative Care and Anesthesia Pain Medicine in both outpatient and inpatient settings. He has helped to develop palliative care curricula for the MGH Gynecology-Oncology department, the MGH Pain Fellowship, as well as a curriculum for mid-tier countries who are developing Palliative Care. Dr. Kamdar is the Chair of the Clinical Competency Committee for the MGH Anesthesia Pain Fellowship, and also serves on the MGH Pain Fellowship Selection Committee. He also serves as a mentor for the Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship, and co-facilitates the journal club for its fellows. Beyond direct trainee education, he has been fortunate to lecture locally, regionally, and nationally at both Palliative Care and Anesthesia Pain Medicine conferences.

Dr. Kamdar's research interests center on the management of refractory cancer pain and the advancement of the field of palliative care. His research has involved the development of smartphone application to better manage outpatient cancer pain, early palliative care integration, and trials of novel pharmacologics and procedures for refractory cancer pain. Lastly, Dr. Kamdar also has an interest in exploring strategies to optimize cancer pain management in developing countries.