Palliative Care Grand Rounds covers a wide range of biomedical, psychosocial, spiritual, and ethical topics. The goal of this conference is to offer clinicians an opportunity to review and learn state-of-the art palliative care.

Palliative Care Grand Rounds are held Wednesday mornings from 8 am to 9 am, in the MGH Ether Dome (Bullfinch 4), September through June.  Continuing medical education credits are awarded. The presentation is video-conferenced to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Room 2001A.  Selected Grand Rounds are recorded and are available for website viewing below.

2015/16 Schedule

2014/15 Schedule

2013/14 Schedule

2012/13 Schedule

Limited Selection of Previous Grand Rounds 

June 9th, 2010: Providing Spiritual Care at the End of Life: Whose Responsibility Is It? Andrea Phelps, MD, Fellow, MGH/DFCI Palliative Care, Boston, MA

June 2nd, 2010: Lidocaine, an Underutilized Therapy for Refractory Pain at the End of Life, Eve Block, MD, Fellow, MGH/DFCI Palliative Care, Boston, MA

May 26th, 2010: Where the Sidewalk Ends? Helping Yound Adults with sickle Cell Disease Transition to Adult Care, Andrea Dimond, MD, Fellow, MGH/DFCI Palliative Care, Boston, MA

May 19th, 2010: Integration of palliative Care in the Liver Transplant Population: Paradox or Possibility? Jamie Potosek, MD, Fellow, MGH/DFCI Palliative Care, Boston, MA

May 12th, 2010: Care of the Self and the Other: Mindfulness in Practice in Palliative Care, Randall H. Paulsen, MD, Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Boston, MA

May 5th, 2010: Reflections in Action: Mindfulness in the Palliative Care Clinician, Heidi Blake, MD, Fellow, MGH/DFCI Palliative Care, Boston, MA

April 14th, 2010: Deciding when CPR is not Beneficial: Challenges for Providers, Patients and Families, James Willett, MD, MBE, Fellow, MGH/DFCI Palliative Care, Boston, MA

April 7th, 2010: Tailoring End of Life Discussions to Patient's State of Grief, Holly Prigerson, PhD, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

March 31st, 2010: Death of a Child in the ED: Where Angels Fear to Tread, Patricia O'Malley, MD, Director, MGH Pediatric Palliative Care, Boston, MA

March 24th, 2010: Psychodynamics and Psychotherapy at the End of Life, David Doolittle, Psy.D, MGH Psychiatry, Boston, MA

March 17th, 2010: Improving Quality at the End of Life with Videos: Dementia, Cancer and Heart Disease, Angelo Volandes, MD, MGH Medicine, Boston, MA

March 10th, 2010: Palliative Care Begins at Diagnosis: A Focus on the Humanistic Aspect, Teresa A. Gilewski, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

February 17th, 2010: "Integrating Palliative and Oncology Care in Advanced Lung Cancer", Jennifer Temel, MD, MGH Hematology/Oncology, Boston, MA

February 10th, 2010: "The End-of-Life Experience of Children Undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: Parent and Provider Perspecrives and Patterns of Care", Christina K. Ullrich, MD, MPH-Pediatrics, DFCI/Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

February 3rd, 2010: "Developmentally Disabled Adults: the Role and Challenges of Palliative Care", Julie M. Hauer, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

January 27th, 2010:  "Promoting Professionalism: Can We Walk the Walk?", Jo Shapiro, MD, Chief, Division of Otolaryngology, Center for Professionalism and Peer Support, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

January 20th, 2010: "Fostering Faculty Development and Diversity: A University Perspective", Judith D. Singher, PhD, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, Harvard University, Boston, MA

January 13th, 2010: "Integrating Palliative Care into HIV/AIDS & Cancer Care in Developing Countries: The Case of Vietnam", Eric Krakauer, MD, PhD, MGH Palliative Care, Boston, MA

January 6th, 2010: "Narrative Intervention: What? When? And with Whom?", Laurie Rosenblatt, MD, Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

December 16th, 2009: "Spiritual Care at the End of Life", Traci Balboni, MD, DFCI/BWH Radiation Oncology, Boston, MA

December 9, 2009, 2009: "Trauma and Medical Illness", Glenn N. Saxe, MD, Associate Chief of Psychiatry for Research and Development, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

December 2, 2009: "Black-White Disparities in the Effects of Communication on Medical Care Received near Death", Jennifer Mack, MD, MPH, Pediatric Oncologist, DFCI/Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

November, 18, 2009: "Clinical Transistions and Palliative Care", Terrance O'Malley, MD, Medical Director for Non Acute Care Servcies, North End Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Boston, MA

October 28, 2009: "Professional Development in Medical Education", David H. Roberts, MD, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

October 14, 2009: "My Inherited Cancer Syndrome, a physician's experience", John Halporn, MD, PCHI, Boston, MA

October 7, 2009: "Chronic Critical Illness: Triumph of Technology or Failure of Communication", Zara Cooper, MD, Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

September 30, 2009: "The Caregiver: Implications of Family Caregiving for Clinicians: A Personal Odyssey", Arthur M. Kleinman, MD, HMS Dept. of Social Medicine, Boston, MA


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