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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Maureen LynchMaureen Lynch, MS, ANP-BC, ACHPN, AOCN, FPCN

Nurse Practitioner, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


Educational and Professional Experience


Bachelor of Science, College of Nursing, Northeastern University, Boston, MA


Staff Nurse, Glover Memorial Hospital, Needham, MA


Staff Nurse, West Roxbury V. A. Hospital West Roxbury, MA


Master of Science, School of Nursing, Boston, College, Chestnut Hill, MA


Instructor and Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Northeastern University, Boston, MA


Instructor, School of Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA


Clinical and administrative oncology nursing positions, New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA


CAGS, Primary Care Nursing, Simmons College, Boston, MA


Nurse Practitioner, EverCare, Waltham, MA


Nurse Practitioner, Adult Palliative Care, Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

Current Teaching and Research Interests

Ms. Lynch has an extensive clinical background in oncology and palliative nursing. She has written numerous articles and presented national and locally on related topics. She assisted in establishing the outpatient palliative care program and DFCI and in the development of the Palliative Nursing Fellowship at DFCI/BWH. She serves on National faculty for the End-of-Life Nursing Education Curriculum (ELNEC) project and is Co-director of the Art & Science of Palliative Nursing course. Recent projects have included co-editor and author for HPNA Core Curriculum for Advance Practice Nurses; faculty for Oncology Nursing Society regional pain; education projects and development of communication educational module for oncology nurses. She holds national certification as a nurse practitioner, an advance practice oncology nurse, and an advance practice palliative nurse. She is recognized by the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Society as a Fellow of Palliative Care Nursing.