Director, Inpatient Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women's Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center
Associate Director, Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
|1990-1995||BS in Biology, Northeastern University|
|1995-2000||MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School|
|2000-2003||Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency, Yale University|
|2003-2004||Geriatrics Fellowship, Yale University|
|2005-2006||Palliative Care Fellowship, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI)|
|2006-||Attending Physician, DFCI and Brigham and Women’s Hospital|
Jane deLima Thomas, MD, FAAHPM’s academic focus is teaching clinician self-awareness in communicating with patients, families, other clinicians, and learners. She teaches medical students, residents, fellows, and CME audiences about communications skills such as breaking bad news, having goals of care discussions, leading conflictual family meetings, and managing patient requests for hastened death. Additionally, she has taught nationally about mindfulness of emotion in the clinical encounter, the role of hope in palliative care, and clinician self-care. Her publications include giving feedback to learners, interprofessional communication in palliative care, managing misunderstandings about prognosis, and self-care for clinicians caring for patients with advanced cancer.
Her teaching has roots in her clinical practice as a palliative care physician; the desire to teach others to be effective, empathic communicators springs from her own deep pleasure when she can achieve that with her patients. At Brigham and Women’s Hospital she attends on the consult service and the Intensive Palliative Care Unit; in both settings she precepts learners at all levels of training. As a result of her efforts as a clinician, teacher, and administrator, she was awarded the 2013 Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award, which is given to five US physicians annually for leadership in advancing the art of end-of-life care.