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Juliet Christine Jacobsen, MD

Fellowship Director of the Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship

  • Phone: 617-724-9197
Palliative Care
Department of Medicine


  • Cancer Center
  • Palliative Care
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Residency, New York Presbyterian Hospital
Board Certifications
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


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



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.

Palliative Care Service
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-724-9197
Fax: 617-724-8693