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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Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPHJoanne Wolfe, MD, MPH

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

Director, Pediatric Palliative Care, Boston Children's Hospital

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School


Educational and Professional Experience


BS, McGill University


MD, Harvard Medical School


MPH, Harvard School of Public Health


Intern in Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston


Resident, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston


Fellow in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children's Hospital, Boston


Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Services Research, Children's Hospital


Fellow in Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School


Attending Physician, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children's Hospital, Boston


Director, Pediatric Palliative Care, DFCI and Boston Children's Hospital


Chief, Division of Pediatric Palliative Care, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, DFCI

Current Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Wolfe's research program is aimed at easing suffering and enhancing wellbeing in children with advanced cancer and their families. She completed a multi-centered randomized controlled trial aimed at evaluating the impact of routine provider and family child-reported feedback of symptom distress and quality of life scores in pediatric advanced cancer, using a handheld computer system, PediQUEST. She is currently conducting formative research to develop the next intervention, PediQUEST Response. Dr. Wolfe also co-leads the Pediatric Palliative Care Research Network. She mentors several junior investigators in pediatric palliative care research. From an education perspective, Dr. Wolfe co-directs the pediatric track of the program in Palliative Care Education and Practice and is a co-investigator on the EPEC-Pediatrics project.