Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH

Division Chief, Pediatric Palliative Care Service, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care

Director, Pediatric Palliative Care, Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital

Institute Physician

Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Office Phone: 617-632-5286
Appointment Phone: 617-632-5042
Fax: 617-582-7271
Preferred Contact Method: email


Treatment Centers
Palliative Medicine
Clinical Interests
Pediatric palliative care, Symptom management


Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA  02215


Board Certifications
Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2008
Palliative Medicine, 2004
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Boston Children's Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Boston Combined Residency Program, Boston Children's Hospital/Boston Medical Center, Pediatrics
Children's Hospital Boston
Medical School
Harvard Medical School, 1990
Dr. Joanne Wolfe is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Palliative Care in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and the Director of Palliative Care at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH), and is a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She holds an MD degree (1990) from Harvard Medical School and an MPH (1998) from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), the palliative care service that she directs, received a 2001 Citation of Honor from the American Hospital Association's Circle of Life Awards program for its innovative approach to caring for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Dr. Wolfe's research is focused on easing suffering and promoting well-being in children with serious illnesses and their families. Using PediQUEST, a computerized data collection system, she completed a multicentered randomized trial aimed at assessing the effect of routinely providing child-reported symptom and quality-of-life feedback to clinicians and families. She found that feedback promotes child psychological well-being. PediQUEST is now web-based and is useful in all care settings, including the home. Using this adaptation, she will study a strengthened intervention, PediQUEST Champions, adding a clinician whose mandate it is to respond to child distress. She also mentors junior investigators focusing on additional domains of distress including financial hardship, the stem cell transplant experience and resilience. Finally, she co-directs an emerging pediatric palliative care research network, "Peppercorn."

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