Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH

Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH

Chair of Pediatrics, Mass General for Children, Massachusetts General Hospital

Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Educational and professional experience
1985 BS, McGill University
1990 MD, Harvard Medical School
1998 MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
1990-1991 Intern, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston
1993-1994 Resident, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston
1994-1997 Fellow in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and Children's Hospital, Boston
1996-1998 Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Services Research, Children's Hospital
1998-1999 Fellow in Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School
1997- 2023 Attending Physician, DFCI and Children's Hospital, Boston

1997- 2023

Director, Pediatric Palliative Care, DFCI and Boston Children's Hospital
2008 - 2023  Chief, Division of Pediatric Palliative Care, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, DFCI


Current teaching and research interests

Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH's research program is aimed at easing suffering and enhancing wellbeing in children with advanced cancer and their families. She completed a multi-centered randomized controlled trial aimed at evaluating the impact of routine provider and family child-reported feedback of symptom distress and quality of life scores in pediatric advanced cancer, using a handheld computer system, PediQUEST. She is currently conducting formative research to develop the next intervention, PediQUEST Response.

Dr. Wolfe also co-leads the Pediatric Palliative Care Research Network. She mentors several junior investigators in pediatric palliative care research. From an education perspective, Dr. Wolfe is the former co-director of the pediatric track of the program in Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP) and is a co-investigator on the EPEC-Pediatrics project. In 2023, Dr. Wolfe became Chair of Pediatrics at the Mass General for Children at Massachusetts General Hospital.