Susan D. Block, MD

Susan D. Block, MD

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

Educational and professional experience
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
Current teaching and research interests

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.