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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Barbara Reville, DNP, NP, ACHPNBarbara Reville, DNP, CNP, ACHPN

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

Director, Advanced Practice Palliative Nursing Fellowship, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


Educational and Professional Experience


BSN, University of Vermont


MS, Oncology Nursing, University of California, San Francisco


Nurse Practitioner Certificate, Adult Oncology, University of Pennsylvania


Post-Masters Certificate in Teaching, University of Pennsylvania


Faculty Scholar, Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care


Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of Maryland, Baltimore


Clinical Instructor, Jefferson School of Nursing


Assistant Director, Palliative Care Service, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital


Clinical Associate, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing


Co-Director, Palliative Care Program, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Current Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Reville is an oncology nurse practitioner with advanced certification in Hospice and Palliative Nursing. Her clinical experience includes 10 years providing inpatient palliative care consultation and an extensive oncology nursing background. She has been a member of the leadership team for 2 inpatient palliative care services at academic teaching hospitals. She has taught clinicians at the bedside and in the classroom throughout her career, and currently directs the Palliative Nursing Fellowship at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Scholarly interests include nursing communication with patients and families in the palliative care setting and educational competencies for advanced practice nurses. Attending PCEP in 2006 was a turning point in her career.