Rachelle Bernacki, MD, MS

Rachelle Bernacki, MD, MS

Director of Quality Initiatives, Division of Adult Palliative Care, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital

Associate Director, Serious Illness Care Program, Ariadne Labs

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Current teaching and research interests

Rachelle E. Bernacki, MD, MS is engaged in the Serious Illness Care Program, which proposes to develop, implement, and evaluate a standardized approach to guiding physicians and other healthcare professionals in conducting discussions of end-of-life values and goals with seriously ill patients and their families. Prior to this project, she successfully led a program to expand access to palliative care services for patients with advanced chronic illness.

Dr. Bernacki is also the recipient of two Geriatric Academic Career Awards  from Health Resources and Service Administration. She was selected for the American Association of Medical Colleges Early Career Woman Faculty Professional Development Seminar as well as the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in the Healthcare Professions.

Dr. Bernacki is board certified in palliative medicine, geriatrics, and internal medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.