About Anne Fiore, DNP

Anne Fiore began her nursing career at Mass General Hospital in 1978. She began as a staff nurse and held various nursing positions through subsequent years, including Clinical Teacher and Clinical Nurse Specialist. She joined the Department of Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Oncology Surgery, in 1992. Her passion through the years has been patient education: preparing patients and their families for surgical management of their tumors. She is the consistent source of psychosocial support for these patients and their families.

Anne obtained her Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a research focus on the impact of complex pelvic and spine tumor surgeries on patients’ daily living and quality of life. Her clinical practice involves a biopsychosocial model of care.

Anne had the privilege of caring for Mr. Stephan Harris. At the time of his diagnosis, management of chordoma was primarily surgery. Now, treatment has dramatically improved, involving a multidisciplinary team approach, all focused on chordoma care, including musculoskeletal pathologists and radiologists, oncology surgeons (ortho, neuro, ENT, general), medical and radiation oncologists, nurse practitioners and nurses specializing in surgical/medical oncology.

Anne established the first Chordoma Clinic in the newly established Stephan L. Harris Center for Chordoma Care on April 2, 2009. Watching patients interact with each other and supporting each other gave her great pleasure, since the goal of the Center, according to Mrs. Harris is “to help other people with this disease and to create a place where they know there will be doctors and nurses, as well as other families, who understand what they are going through”.

We all know how supportive the presence of a loved one/family member is to the overall care of a patient. Anne recalls that Mr. Harris was never alone - his wife was by his side at all times. Anne’s doctoral research confirmed this - the importance of family support following these complex tumor surgeries. It is the Center’s goal to care for family members of the patients since the impact of these surgeries affect them as well. Another finding of Anne’s research confirmed the need for intense preparation for the surgical experience (hospital stay and rehab) and coping with discharge to home and their new normal.

In 2010, the creation of the Stephen L. Harris Chordoma Center was honored by the Cancer Center’s the One Hundred. Each year, they honor 100 Everyday Amazing individuals and groups — caregivers, researchers, philanthropists, advocates and volunteers from around the globe — whose commitment to the fight against cancer inspires us all to take action. In 2017, Anne was honored as an individual caregiver by the One Hundred.

In addition, Anne has received four Partners in Excellence awards. In 2004, she received the Durante Award for Exemplary Care and Service with Cancer Patients. Then in 2016, at the Mass General Clinical Research Day, Anne’s doctoral research earned the Orthopedic Clinical Research Award. And in 2017, the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare recognized Anne for her dedication to strengthening relationships between patients and their healthcare providers.

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Education

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Simmons College
  • Undergraduate and Graduate degrees: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA