Presenter: James A. Tulsky, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard University
Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Chief, Division of Palliative Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
James A. Tulsky, MD is Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Chief, Division of Palliative Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tulsky has a longstanding interest in doctor-patient communication and quality of life in serious illness, and has published widely in these areas. His current research focuses on the evaluation and enhancement of communication between oncologists and patients with advanced cancer, and evaluating the role of palliative care in congestive heart failure. His work has been recognized with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2002), the Award for Research Excellence from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2006), and the American Cancer Society Pathfinder in Palliative Care award (2014). He is a Founding Director of VitalTalk (www.vitaltalk.org), a non-profit devoted to nurturing healthier connections between clinicians and patients through communication skills teaching.