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James A. Tulsky, MD

Palliative Medicine

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James A. Tulsky, MD


  • Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care
  • Institute Physician
  • Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School


Clinical Interests

  • Palliative medicine
  • Psychosocial care
  • Symptom management

Contact Information

  • Appointments617-632-6464
  • Office Phone Number617-582-9201
  • Fax617-632-6180


Dr. Tulsky received his A.B. from Cornell University, his M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, and completed internal medicine training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  He continued at UCSF as chief medical resident and subsequently as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.  He was on the faculty of Duke University from 1993-2015, lastly as Professor of Medicine and Nursing and Chief, Duke Palliative Care.  He joined Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 2015 to be Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care. Dr. Tulsky has a longstanding research interest in clinician-patient communication and quality of life in serious illness. 

Board Certification:

  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine


  • Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, University of California, San Francisco


  • University of California San Francisco, Internal Medicine
  • University of California, San Francisco, Internal Medicine, Chief Resident

Medical School:

  • University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago

Recent Awards:

  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers 2002
  • Award for Research Excellence, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2006
  • Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award, American Cancer Society 2014


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