The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.


James Tulsky MD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

James Tulsky, MD, is Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Chief of the Division of Palliative Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He has a longstanding interest in understanding and improving clinician-patient communication and the experience of patients living with serious illness.  Current projects include an NPCRC funded study on decision-making among patients, family members and oncologists, and a PCORI funded study evaluating an online communication skills training tool for oncologists undergoing maintenance of certification with the ABIM.  Dr. Tulsky is the recipient of numerous awards for his work including the 2002 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the 2006 Award for Research Excellence from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the 2013 George L. Engel Award from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, and the 2014 American Cancer Society Pathfinders in Palliative Care Award.