Julia Ragland, MD

Julia Ragland, MD

Director, Pain and Palliative Care Service, Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine 

Educational and professional experience

1983        BS, University of Vermont

1989        MD, New York University School of Medicine

1989-1992    Internship and Residency, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA

1992-1993    AIDS Fellow, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA

1993-1994    Primary Care Chief Resident, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA

1994-1998    Primary care physician, Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital

2000-2002    Hospitalist physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital

2002-2016    Hospitalist physician, Newton-Wellesley Hospital

2005-2009    Chief of the Hospitalist Service, Newton-Wellesley Hospital

2009-2017    Founding Director, Palliative Care Service, Newton-Wellesley Hospital

2012        Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

2017- Present    Director of Palliative Care Education, Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Current teaching and research interests

Julia Ragland, MD, is a palliative care physician and Director of Palliative Care Education at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Her clinical experience includes 4 years in primary care medicine followed by 16 years as a hospitalist overlapping with 9 years as an inpatient palliative care physician. Dr. Ragland served as the Chief of the Hospitalist Service at Newton-Wellesley Hospital for 4 years before developing and then leading the Palliative Care Service for 8 years. In 2017 she transitioned to a new role as Director of Palliative Care Education. 

Dr. Ragland’s teaching activities include: overseeing the palliative care elective for medical interns at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and for medical students from Tufts University School of Medicine; speaking about palliative care, code status and prognostication in multiple settings both locally and nationally (Annual Society of Hospital Medicine meetings); leading monthly Serious Illness Conversation training sessions with role playing at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. In addition, she has been trained in the Vital Talk Faculty Development Course and has used her skills as a Vital Talk Junior Faculty Member at multiple local Vital Talk sessions. Her primary academic interests include: communication in serious illness and promotion of primary palliative care.