The Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital offers a wide range of clinical expertise including inpatient services, outpatient programs and home based programs. Our palliative care clinicians provide relief from pain and symptoms during a serious illness, while our geriatricians provide multidisciplinary care to patients that are 65 and older.

A Team Approach

Established in 1996, the Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine, part of the Department of Medicine, comprises:
  • Nineteen board-certified physicians
  • Ten board-certified nurse practitioners
  • Six adult physician fellows, two pediatric physician fellows and two nurse practitioner fellows
  • Three clinical social workers, a triage nurse and administrative support staff
We work closely with the patient's primary care physician and hospital specialists, nurses, chaplains, psychiatrists and pharmacists to help meet the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients and their families. We work with more than 2,000 inpatients and outpatients and their families every year. 

Palliative Care

Palliative Care provides specialized, multidisciplinary medical care for people with serious illnesses. It is focused on improving quality of life for both the patient and the family—providing relief from the symptoms, pain and stresses of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis.

Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Medicine delivers a multidisciplinary clinical care program for seniors emphasizing continuity of care across multiple sites of health care delivery. Our services emphasize wellness promotion and improvement in daily functioning.

A Foundation of Advocacy & Awareness

The Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine is committed to strengthening institutional support for students and fellow clinicians and establishing standards of clinical excellence in the field. We participate in research and promote operational changes to improve palliative-care practice and geriatric medicine throughout Mass General and beyond.