About Juliet Jacobsen, MD, Dphil

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 illness.

Email: jjacobsen@partners.org

Departments, Centers, & Programs:



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

Medical Education

  • Lakenheath Air Base
  • Osan Air Base
  • MD, University of Chicago
  • MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Residency, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Residency, Malcolm Grow Medical Center
  • Residency, New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Pallative Care, (No Board)

Accepted Insurance Plans

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  • 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.