Palliative Medicine Physician
Associate Director, MGB Home-Based Palliative Care
Dr. Calton is a Palliative Medicine specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital and member of the Harvard Medical School Faculty. Palliative Medicine is a medical specialty focused on alleviating the physical, psychological, and social stressors that patients living with serious illness, and their caregivers, may experience. Dr. Calton aims to ensure patients and families have access to high-quality palliative care when and where they need it, with a particular focus outside the hospital walls. Dr. Calton aims to use the programs she designs and leads to: provide the highest quality care to patients and their families, serve as a model for national palliative care programming, and function as a platform for training the next wave of practitioners. At MGH, Dr. Calton provides palliative care in clinic, in the hospital, and through the MGB Home-Based Palliative Medicine program, where she serves as the Associate Director. She is involved in trainee education and curriculum development around symptom management and communication for patients with serious illness. Dr. Calton attended medical school, residency in Internal-Medicine/Primary Care, and fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at UC San Francisco (UCSF). She joined the faculty at MGH in 2021 after eight years on faculty at UCSF, where she served as Director of Home-Based Palliative Care. In recognition of her contributions to the field, she was one of ten individuals selected as Cambia Foundation Sojourn Scholars in 2016; she is also a Fellow of the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.