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William F. Pirl, MD, MPH


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William F. Pirl, MD, MPH


  • Vice Chair, Psychosocial Oncology
  • Physician
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Clinical Interests

  • Psychiatric care for adults with cancer

Contact Information

  • Appointments617-632-6181
  • Office Phone Number617-632-2691
  • Fax617-632-6136


Dr. Pirl received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and completed psychiatry training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was a psycho-oncology fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and later earned a MPH at Harvard School of Public Health. He was on the faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital from 1999-2016, where he was the Director of the Center for Psychiatric Oncology and Behavioral Sciences. He joined Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 2018 as Vice Chair for Psychosocial Oncology, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care.

Board Certification:

  • Integrative Medicine, 2017
  • Psychiatry, 1999
  • Psychosomatic Medicine, 2004


  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


  • Massachusetts General Hospital

Medical School:

  • Harvard Medical School


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