James A. Tulsky, MD

James A. Tulsky, MD

Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Chief, Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Co-Director, Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Educational and professional experience
1981 AB, Biology and Society, Cornell University
1987 MD, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
1987-1990 Resident, Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
1990-1991 Chief Medical Resident, Internal Medicine, UCSF
1991-1993 Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, Clinical epidemiology/bioethics, UCSF
1993-1999 Assistant Professor, Division of General Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC
1999-2006 Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC 
2002 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
2006-2015 Professor of Medicine and Nursing, Duke University, Durham, NC 
2006 Award for Research Excellence from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
2012-2015 Chief, Duke Palliative Care, Duke University, NC
2013 George L. Engel Award from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare
2014 American Cancer Society Pathfinder in Palliative Care award
2015- Chief, Division of Palliative Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
2015-  Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 
2015- Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School 

 

Current teaching and research interests

James A. Tulsky, MD, has a longstanding interest in doctor-patient communication and quality of life in serious illness, and has published widely in these areas. His current research focuses on the evaluation and enhancement of communication between oncologists and patients with advanced cancer; identification of clinical, psychosocial, and spiritual trajectories of patients at the end of life; development of self-management interventions for patients with life-limiting illness; and evaluating the role of palliative care in congestive heart failure.

He is a Founding Director of VitalTalk, a non-profit devoted to nurturing healthier connections between clinicians and patients through communication skills teaching.