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11/15/2013: WGBH Boston's "You're Not Alone" Special

Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, was recently featured on WGBH Boston's "You're Not Alone" news special.

07/16/2013: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

06/04/2012: Palliative Care hospital based programs are growing at a rapid pace

Palliative Care programs help with pain, symptom management and coordinating care

01/13/2012: Training Teaches Nurses How to Discuss Emotional Issues with Patients and Families

Taking the time to listen to families was one of the lessons involves in a Mass General nursing residency program focuses on palliative and geropalliative care.

01/12/2012: Seizing the Moment

The Palliative Care team at Mass General helps patients and their families understand the long-range prognosis of serious and life-threatening diseases so they can seize the moments when they are well.

11/10/2011: From Protestation to Presentation

Changing the understanding of Palliative Care, a patient's story

03/25/2011: New chief of Palliative Care

MGH Hotline 03.25.11 VICKI JACKSON, MD, MPH, has been appointed chief of the MGH Palliative Care Unit.

01/28/2011: MGHfC hosts "Remembering Together" for bereaved families

MGH Hotline 1.28.11 The loss of a child is one of the most devastating experiences a person can endure.

08/27/2010: Palliative care

MGH Hotline 08.27.10 Integrating palliative care early in the treatment of advanced lung cancer not only improved patients' mood and quality of life, but also extended their lives.

08/18/2010: Lung cancer patients receiving palliative care had improved quality of life, extended survival

Integrating palliative care early in the treatment of patients with advanced lung cancer not only improved their mood and quality of life, it also extended their lives. In the August 19 New England Journal of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators report that patients with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who received early palliative care along with standard treatment lived more than two months longer than patients receiving standard care only.

07/30/2010: White 9 wedding offers comforting last moments

MGH Hotline 07.23.10 Wedding bells were ringing through the hallways of White 9 on June 24 when Susan Wollison and Richard Porter exchanged their vows in the inpatient room of Susan’s mother, Marcia Labourene.

08/18/2010: Palliative Care Can Extend Life, Reduce Depression

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A new study by doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cancer Center has shown that in lung cancer patients, the addition of palliative care measures at the time of diagnosis can significantly extend a patient’s life.


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Mind/Body Medicine for Cancer Patients

March 18, 2009 Palliative Care grand rounds presentation by Ann Webster PhD, Benson-Henry Institute, Mass General.

How do I know my patient is getting better?

March 11, 2009 Palliative Care ground rounds presentation by Eric Cassell MD, New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center.

The Emerging Role of the Palliative Care Social Worker

March 4, 2009 Palliative Care grand rounds presentation by Todd Rinehart LICSW, MGH Palliative Care Service.

Easing Suffering in Children with Advanced Cancer

Feb. 25, 2009 Palliative Care ground rounds presentation by Joanne Wolfe MD, Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital.

Biographical Impact of Teenage and Adolescent Cancer: Research Findings from the UK

Jan. 28, 2009 Palliative Care grand rounds presentation by Anne Grinyer, PhD.

Providers and Variations in End-of-Life Care for Cancer Patients

Dec. 3, 2008 Palliative Care grand rounds presentation by Nancy Keating MD, MWH General Medicine and Primary Care.

Teaching as a Performing Art

Dec. 10, 2008 Palliative Care grand rounds presentation by Charles Hatem MD, HMS Professor of Medicine, Mount Auburn Hospital.

Medical Futility: Philosophy and Practice

Dec. 17, 2008 Palliative Care grand rounds presentation by Robert L. Fine MD, Director, Palliative Care Service, Baylor University Medical Center.

Jewish Law and End of Life Decision Making

Jan. 28, 2009 Palliative Care grand rounds presentation by Craig Blinderman MD, Mass General Palliative Care Service.

Palliative Care in Situations of Conflict: Lessons from Jerusalem

Feb. 18, 2009 Palliative Care grand rounds presentation by Nathan Cherny MBBS FRACP FRCP, Ben Gurion University, Jerusalem, Israel.

Isn't there anything else we can do?

April 8, 2009: Isn't there anything else we can do?: The Role of Interventional Pain Techniques in the Palliative Care Patient", Mihir Kamdar, MD, Palliative Care Fellow, MGH/DFCI

Palliating the Body's Largest Organ: Skin Issues in Palliative Care"

April 15, 2009, Palliative Care Grand rounds presentation by Lindy Landzaat, DO, Palliative Care Fellow, MGH/DFCI, Boston, MA

Hospice Medicare Policy: Change is on the Horizon

April 29, 2009 Palliative Care Grand Rounds presentation by Melissa Wachterman, MD, Palliative Care Fellow, MGH/DFCI, Boston, MA

Spirituality and Palliative Care

May 13, 2009 Palliative Care Grand Rounds presentation by James Marroquin, MD, Palliative Care Fellow, MGH/DFCI, Boston, MA

Palliative Radiation in Children and Adults

June 6, 2009 Palliative Care Grand Rounds Presentation by Vern, DO, Pedatric Palliative Care Fellow, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

Best Interest of a Child: Revisited

June 17, 2009 Palliative Care Grand Rounds presentation by Arden O'Donnell, MPH, MSW, LCSW and Ashley Atkins, CPNP, Children's Hospital, Boson, MA

“The Caregiver: Implications of Family Caregiving for Clinicians. A Personal Odyssey”

September 30, 2009 Grand Rounds presentation by Arthur M. Kleinman, MD HMS Dept of Social Medicine

“Chronic Critical Illness: Triumph of technology of failure of communication”

October 7 2009 Grand Rounds presentation by Zara Cooper, MD Brigham & Women’s Hospital Surgery Dept.

Trauma and Medical Illness (title TBA)

December 2 2009 Grand Rounds presented by Glenn N. Saxe, MD Associate Chief of Psychiatry for Research and Development Children’s Hospital

My Inherited cancer syndrome, a physician’s experience

October 14 2009 Palliative Care Grand Rounds presented by John Halporn, MD, Partners Community Healthcare, Inc

Professional Development in Medical Education

October 28 2009 Palliative Care Grand Rounds presented by David H. Roberts, MD Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center – Div of Pulmonary and Critical Care

Developing Community Based Palliative Care in Africa

November 4 2009 Palliative Care Grand Rounds presented by David Lee, MD Lamb Pain Foundation

Clinical Transitions and Palliative Care

November 18 2009 Palliative Care Grand Rounds presented by Terrance O’Malley, MD Medical Director for Non Acute Care Services, North End Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

Spiritual Care at the End of Life

December 16 2009 Grand Rounds presented by Traci Balboni, MD, DFCI/BWH Radiation Oncology

Narrative Intervention: What? When? And with Whom?

January 6th Grand Rounds presentation by Laurie Rosenblatt, MD, Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Fostering Faculty Development and Diversity: A University Perspective

January 20 Grand Rounds presentation by Judith D. Singer, PhD, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, Harvard University

Promoting Professionalism: Can We Walk the Walk?

January 27 Grand Rounds by Jo Shapiro, MD, Chief, Division of Otolaryngology, Center for Professionalism and Peer Support, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Developmentally Disabled Adults: the Role and Challenges of Palliative Care

February 3rd 2010, Grand Rounds presented by Julie M. Hauer, MD, Dana Farber Cancer Institute

The End-of-Life Experience of Children Undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: Parent and Provider Perspecrives and Patterns of Care

February 10, 2010 Grand Rounds presented by Christina K. Ullrich, MD, MPH-Pediatrics, DFCI/Children’s

Communicating in the MICU: Implementing and Studying a Family Meeting Practice Change

February 17, 2010 Paul Currier, MD, MGH, Pulmonary and Critical Care Unit

Integrating Palliative and Oncology Care in Advanced Lung Cancer

February 24, 2009 Grand Rounds presented by Jennifer Temel, MD, Hematology/Oncology, MGH

Palliative Care Begins at Diagnosis: A Focus on the Humanistic Aspect

March 10, 2010 Grand Rounds presented by Teresa A. Gilewski, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY

Improving Quality at the End of Life with Videos:

March 17, 2010 Grand Rounds presented by Angelo Volandes, MD, MGH Medicine, Boston

Psychodynamics and Psychotherapy

March 24, 2010 Grand Rounds presented by David Doolittle, Psy.D, MGH Psychiatry, Boston

“Death of a Child in the ED: Where Angels Fear to Tread"

March 31, 2010 Grand Rounds presented by Patricia O’Malley, MD, MGH - Director, Pediatric Palliative Care, Boston

Tailoring End of Life Discussions to Patient’s State of Grief

April 7, 2010 Grand Rounds presented by Holly Prigerson, PhD, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston

Deciding when CPR is not beneficial: Challenges for providers, patients, and families

April 14, 2010 Palliative Care Grand Rounds presented by James Willett, MD, MBE, MGH/DFCI, Palliative Care, Boston

Reflection in Action:Mindfulness in the Palliative Care Clinician

May 5 2010 Grand Rounds presented by Heidi Blake, MD, Fellow, MGH/DFCI Palliative Care

Care of the Self and the Other: Mindfulness Practice in Palliative Care

May 12, 2010 Grand Rounds presented by Randall H. Paulsen, MD, Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

Integration of Palliative Care in the Liver Transplant Population: Paradox or Possibility?

May 19, 2010 Grand Rounds presented by Jamie Potosek, MD, Fellow, MGH/DFCI Palliative Care

Where the Sidewalk Ends? Helping Young Adults with Sickle Cell Disease Transition to Adult Care

May 26, 2010 Grand Rounds presented by Andrea Dimond, MD, Fellow, MGH/DFCI Palliative Care

Lidocaine, an Underutilized Therapy for Refractory Pain at the End of Life

June 2, 2010 Grand Rounds presented by Eve Block, MD, Fellow, MGH/DFCI Palliative Care

Providing Spiritual Care at the End of Life: Whose Responsibility Is It?

June 9 2010 Grand Rounds presented by Andrea Phelps, MD, Fellow, MGH/DFCI Palliative Care, Boston

Palliative Care 2020: Matching Care to Our Patient’s Needs

Grand Rounds, January 30th 2013 presented by Diane Meier, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care, Vice Chair for Public Policy, Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Professor, Geriatrics and Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.