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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Anna C. “Nina” Muriel, MD, MPHAnna C. "Nina" Muriel, MD, MPH

Chief, Division of Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


Educational and Professional Experience


BA, Brown University


MD/MPH, Tufts University School of Medicine


Internship in Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital


Resident in Adult Psychiatry, Massachusetts General and McLean Hospitals


Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Massachusetts General and McLean Hospitals


Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


Clinical Assistant in Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital


Staff Psychiatrist, MGH Pediatric Consultation Service and MGH Cancer Center Parenting Program


Associate Psychiatrist, Dana-Farber Cancer Center and Boston Children’s Hospital

Current Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Muriel has been active in the care of palliative care patients and in the training of palliative care clinicians since 2002. Her work was initially in the care of adults with advanced cancer, to clinically address and do research about their concerns about parenting dependent children. She collaborated with palliative care clinicians and taught adult palliative care fellows in didactic talks about mental health issues, and in individual supervision. Since 2008, Dr. Muriel's focus has been in pediatric oncology, caring for patients throughout the disease trajectory and into end of life, collaborating with the Pediatric Advanced Care Team, and teaching Pediatric Palliative Care Fellows in both didactic and reflective seminars. As a Division Chief in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, she thinks about the overlap in the fields and implements strategies for collaboration and service delivery without redundancy. She has written chapters and teaching modules in palliative care textbooks and online resources on topics of supporting children during parental end of life and bereavement, as well as the psychological care of children with life-limiting illness. She is co-author of "Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child when a Parent is Sick," co-editor of "Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology: A Textbook for Multidisciplinary Care," and a recent JPM paper on the pediatric palliative care and child psychiatry.