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Juliet Christine Jacobsen, MD

  • Fellowship Director of the Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship


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Palliative Care


Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

Medical Education
  • MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Residency, New York Presbyterian Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Internal Medicine
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group

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Juliet is the Director of the Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship. She joined the Palliative Care Service in 2006 after completing an internal medicine residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and a palliative care fellowship at MGH. She is involved in academic research and writing on the subjects of patient grief and demoralization, inpatient advanced care planning, and outpatient palliative care practice.

I enjoy dealing with families and knowing the personal histories of my patients. From each meeting, I hope to gain some wisdom and experience so that I can better guide my patients through the process of serious illnessN


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Research & Publications


Jacobsen, J and Jackson V. A Communication Approach for Oncologists: Understanding Patient Coping and Communicating About Bad News, Palliative Care, and Hospice. JNCCN. 2009 7(4).

Jacobsen J, et al. Patient Grief Distinguishing Symptoms of Grief and Depression in a Cohort of Advanced Cancer Patients. Death Studies. 2010. 34(3).

Jacobsen J, Jackson VA, Dahlin C, Perez-Cruz P, Billings JA, Temel, J. Components of early outpatient palliative care consultation in patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. Journal of Palliative Medicine. Accepted for publication.

Jacobsen, J, et al.  Development of a Cognitive Model for Advance Care Planning Discussions: Results from a Quality Improvement Initiative. Journal of Palliative Medicine. Accepted for publication.

Jacobsen J, Blinderman C. Lymphcentesis for Palliative Treatment of Severe, Refractory, Lymphedema. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, accepted for publication.

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Palliative Care Service
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-724-9197
Fax: 617-724-8693

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