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Tracy Anne Balboni, MD, MPH, FAAHPM

Radiation Oncology

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Tracy Anne Balboni, MD, MPH, FAAHPM


  • Institute Physician
  • Professor of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School
  • Program Director, Harvard Radiation Oncology Program
  • Vice Chair of Education, Brigham and Women's Hospital | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


Clinical Interests

  • Palliative medicine
  • Spine Oncology
  • Spirituality and Medicine

Contact Information

  • Appointments617-732-7948


Dr. Balboni is a radiation oncologist who focuses on the multidisciplinary management of cancer patients with metastatic disease, and clinically serves within the Spine Tumor Program, the Stereotactic Bone Radiotherapy Program, and within the Supportive and Palliative Radiation Oncology Service at the Dana-Farber/Brigham Cancer Center.  She currently serves as Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School and as Program Director for the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. She holds degrees from Stanford University, Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.  She is dually boarded in radiation oncology and palliative medicine. Dr. Balboni’s primary research interests are located at the intersection of oncology, palliative care, and the role of spirituality in the experience of life-threatening illness. 

Board Certification:

  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2012
  • Radiation Oncology, 2008


  • Harvard Radiation Oncology Program


  • Harvard Radiation Oncology Program

Medical School:

  • Harvard Medical School


Spirituality and Medicine, Spine Oncology, and Palliative Medicine

My primary research interests are in palliative care, including the psychosocial aspects of advanced cancer and radiotherapy for palliation. Within the psychosocial aspects of advanced cancer, I have a particular focus on the role of religion and spirituality in the experience of cancer. This includes the impact of religion/spirituality on coping and end-of-life medical care and the impact of spiritual care in the medical setting on patient end-of-life outcomes. My research also includes improving radiotherapy for palliation, such as studying applications of new radiotherapy technologies to palliation, and involvement in clinical research in the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Head and Neck Oncology Research Group.


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