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.

Faculty

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Eric KrakauerEric L. Krakauer, MD, PhD

Associate Physician, Palliative Care Service, Massachusetts General Hospital

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Instructor in Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Director of International Programs, Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care

Educational and Professional Experience

1979

B.A., Columbia University

1981

Middle Exam in Philosophy, Free University, Berlin, Germany

1991

Ph.D. in Philosophy, Yale University Graduate School

1992

M.D., Yale University School of Medicine

1992-1995

Intern and Resident in Internal Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital

1995-1998

Fellowships in General Internal Medicine and Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School

1997-2009

Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

1998-2011

Instructor in Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

1998-2002

Director, Fellowship Program in Palliative Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

1998-2003

Associate Director, Palliative Care Service, Massachusetts General Hospital

1998-present

Attending Physician, Dept of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

2001-2006

Director, Vietnam-CDC-Harvard Medical School AIDS Partnership

2005-present

Director of International Programs, Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care

2008-present

Co-Chair, Edwin Cassem Optimum Care Committee (clinical ethics committee), Massachusetts General Hospital

2009-2013

Associate Faculty Member, Institute of Palliative Medicine, San Diego, CA

2009-present

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

2011-present

Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Current Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Krakauer has been teaching in Vietnam since 2001 when he founded the Vietnam-CDC-Harvard Medical School AIDS Partnership (VCHAP) to provide training and technical assistance in HIV/AIDS treatment to Vietnam's physicians and nurses in partnership with the Ministry of Health and thereby to help enable introduction and scale-up of anti-retroviral therapy. As Director of International Programs at the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care since 2005, Dr. Krakauer has assisted Vietnam's Ministry of Health and major cancer centers and general hospitals to integrate pain relief and palliative care into the country's healthcare system. He and his team have trained hundreds of Vietnamese clinicians in pain relief and palliative care and provided technical assistance with palliative care policy development, accessibility of morphine and other essential palliative medicines, and implementation of clinical programs. The curricula in palliative medicine that he created for developing countries have been translated into Vietnamese and Russian and adapted for use in East Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union. As a faculty member of the International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative, he is mentoring emerging leaders in palliative care in Vietnam and Bangladesh, and he also mentors colleagues in Bangladesh and Nepal to improve access to pain relief. In addition, he works with Partners In Health (PIH), a charitable organization based in Boston, to integrate pain relief and palliative care into PIH's pioneering cancer treatment programs for the rural poor in Rwanda, Malawi, and Haiti. His current research focuses on clinical and policy aspects of palliative care for poor and medically underserved populations around the world, clinical and ethical issues in end-of-life care, and clinical education in Vietnam.