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.

Faculty

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Joanne WolfeJoanne 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

1985

B.S. McGill University

1990

M.D. Harvard Medical School

1998

M.P.H. Harvard School of Public Health

1990-1991

Intern in Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston

1993-1994

Resident, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston

1994-1997

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

1996-1998

Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Services Research, Children's Hospital

1998-1999

Fellow in Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School

1997-

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

1997-

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

2008-

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 Champion. 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.