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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Todd Rinehart, LICSW, ACHP-SWTodd Rinehart, LICSW, ACHP-SW

Clinical Social Worker, Division of Palliative Care and Geriatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital


Educational and Professional Experience


MSW, New York University

Current Teaching and Research Interests

Todd Rinehart's interest in end-of-life care began as a volunteer with the Gay Men's Health Crisis in NYC during the height of the AIDS epidemic. That experience changed the direction of his life and led him to earning his Master of Social Work. Since 2000 he has spent his social work career working in HIV/AIDS, hospice and palliative care. His primary role is that of assessing and addressing the biopsychosocial needs of patients with serious illness and their families.

Todd has been a member of the PCEP faculty since 2008, as well as other courses offered through the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care. He is a clinical supervisor for social work interns through the MGH Social Service Department. Todd is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network and the Association for Death Education and Counseling.

Todd also serves as the Bereavement Coordinator for the Palliative Care Division and offers group and one-on-one supportive services to those impacted by the death of a loved one. He volunteers as a counselor for Comfort Zone Camp, a bereavement camp for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or guardian, and established a partnership between MGH and CZC offering a one-day bereavement program for children and their families.

Todd is a theater enthusiast and in his "younger days" was a professional dancer. Several years ago he rediscovered his "creative side" and became involved in community theatre. He is excited to be choreographing Promises, Promises in April 2017.