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Physician MD, Academic Palliative Medicine

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Job Description

Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Onsite:Up to 1 day remote/wk


Academic Palliative Medicine Physician
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care and Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH) Division of Palliative Medicine seek a full-time Adult Palliative Medicine physician to join our interprofessional team. This position offers an exciting career opportunity within a vibrant clinical and academic environment, where faculty can focus on clinical innovation, education, or research.

Faculty appointment is anticipated at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and clinical privileges at both DFCI and BWH. To be considered, you must be board certified/eligible in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Palliative Medicine Fellowship training is preferred.

Why you should join us

Our department houses broad innovation, education, and research efforts. We seek candidates who wish to pursue academic interests in relevant palliative care areas such as communication education, symptom management, substance abuse disorder, or equitable access and quality of palliative care to underserved populations. Our department is deeply committed to high-quality mentorship and sponsorship of new faculty in a number of academic pursuits and provides numerous opportunities for mentorship of learners at all levels. A broad pool of academic opportunities and mentorship are also available throughout the DFCI, BWH and the HMS communities. The Boston and Harvard community offers unparalleled opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration and mentorship with world-class academicians.

Ready to join us? Here’s what you’ll do
• Work closely with our interprofessional teams of nurses, physician assistants, social workers, pharmacists, and psychosocial oncology colleagues to provide state-of-the-art palliative care to seriously ill patients within both our outpatient and inpatient clinical services.
• Participate in extensive formal and informal teaching activities at BWH, DFCI, and the HMS Center for Palliative Care. Trainees include fellows in palliative care, pain/anesthesia, psychiatry, geriatrics, and gynecologic and surgical oncology; residents; physician assistants; medical students; and other clinicians rotating on the Palliative Care Service.
Salary, benefits and compensation
Salary, benefits and compensation will be commensurate with experience and hospital policies. We offer a wide range of choices and programs that support the diverse range in family structure and life stages of our staff, including but not limited to:
• Health well-being – Nutrition classes, discounted gym memberships, and vision & mammography mobile vans
• Whole well-being – Professional development opportunities and adoption assistance
• Financial well-being – Tuition reimbursement, financial seminars, individual retirement consultations
• Community well-being – Employee resource groups, volunteer opportunities, and staff recognition & awards
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law. The Department is keenly interested in diversifying its faculty and encourages applications from a diverse set of candidates, including from women and underrepresented groups. Our organization is committed to supporting the work-life balance of our faculty.
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job function, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

If interested, please send a cover letter detailing your clinical, educational, and academic interests along with your CV to: James Tulsky, MD, Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, DFCI, 450 Brookline Ave, D2016A, Boston, MA 02215
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Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

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