Director, Serious Illness Care Program, Ariadne Labs
Founding Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital
Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Harvard Medical School
|1972||AB, Stanford University|
|1977||MD, Case Western Reserve University|
|1977-1982||Internship and Residencies in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston|
|1982-1985||Medical Director, Hospice of Cambridge|
|1983-1988||Assistant Director, The New Pathway Project in General Medicine Education|
|1988-1993||Associate Director of Training and Education, Massachusetts Mental Health Center|
|1992-1998||Director of Medical Education Evaluation Research, Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Harvard Medical School (HMS)|
|1995-2000||Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Ambulatory Care and Prevention, HMS|
|1998-2008||Chief, Division of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH)|
|1999-||Co-Director, HMS Center for Palliative Care|
|2000-2006||Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Medicine), HMS|
|2006-||Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, HMS|
|2008-2014||Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care|
Susan D. Block, MD is the founding Chair of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at DFCI and BWH, Co-Founder of the HMS Center for Palliative Care, and Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at HMS. She is also the Director of the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs, a joint center for healthcare innovation at BWH and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is board-certified in internal medicine and psychiatry.
Dr. Block has been a national leader in the development of the field of palliative medicine. She has led major innovative educational and quality improvement projects in a variety of areas and is known internationally as an expert in medical education and faculty development. Dr. Block has contributed to research in medical education, palliative care, psycho-oncology, and health system change. She is the author of more than 200 publications and has won numerous awards for education, research, and leadership.
With her late husband, J. Andrew Billings, MD, she founded the HMS Center for Palliative Care and led Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP) for 16 years.