Janet Abrahm, MD

Janet Abrahm, MD

Internal Medicine Boston, MA

Division of Adult Palliative Care DFCI and BWH

Office Address

  • 450 Brookline AVe
    Dana Farber Cancer Institute D-2010
    Boston, MA 02215
    Phone: (617) 632-6464
    Fax: (617) 632-6180

Janet Abrahm, MD

Internal Medicine Boston, MA

Division of Adult Palliative Care DFCI and BWH

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Internal Medicine: Hospice & Palliative Medicine
  • Clinical Interests: Palliative Care; Neoplasms; Terminal Care; Lung Neoplasms; Pain; Spinal Cord Compression; Patient Care Team

Faculty Appointments & Work History

  • Institute PhysicianDana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Boston, MA
  • Attending PhysicianBrigham and Woman's Hospital
    Boston, MA
  • ProfessorHarvard Medical School
    Boston, MA
    Instructor, Medicine (2001); Associate Professor, Anesthesia (2001-2006); Associate Professor, Medicine (2001-2011)
  • Associate PhysicianBrigham and Women's Hospital
    Boston, MA
    Director, Pain and Palliative Care Fellowship (2001-2007); Director, Pain and Palliative Care Program (2001-2013)
  • Co-ChairBrigham and Women's Hospital
    Boston, MA
    Chair, Practice Model Subcommittee, Inpatient Palliative Care Unit Steering (2003-2005); Chair, Inpatient Palliative Care Unit Steering (2006-2007)
  • Associate Hospice Medical DirectorHospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston
    Danvers, MA
  • Professor of MedicineHarvard Medical School
    Boston, MA
  • ChairAmerican Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    Secretary of the Academy (2007-2009)
  • ChairAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology
    Chair, Scientific Subcommittee, Patient Care (2004-2005)
  • ChiefDana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Boston, MA
    Director, Pain and Palliative Care Fellowship (2001-2007); Director, Pain & Palliative Care Program (2001-2013)
  • Associate DirectorHarvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care
  • ChairAmerican College of Physicians
  • Site Visit ConsultantMidwest Bioethics Center
    Kansas City, MO
  • Attending PhysicianPennsylvania Hospital
  • Attending PhysicianPresbyterian Hospital
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Co-DirectorHospital of the University of Pennsylvania
    Fellowship Director, Palliative Care Fellowship & Chair, Cancer Pain Guideline Sub-Comm (1997-2000)
  • Medical DirectorWissahickon Hospice of the University of Pennsylvania Health System
    Bala Cynwyd, PA
    Director, Education and Research (1997-2000)
  • Founder and ChairUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Medical Oncology ConsultantUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Center for Continuing Education
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Visiting Assistant ProfessorMedical College of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Adjunct Assistant ProfessorPhiladelphia College of Pharmacy and Science
    Philadelphia, PA
  • ChairVeteran's Health Administration District 4
  • SecretaryAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
    Philadelphia, PA
    Secretary, Sub-Specialty Board of Hematology (1987-1992)
  • Associate Chief of StaffPhiladelphia VA Medical Center
    Philadelphia, PA
    Director, Hematology/Oncology Clinic (1983-1994); Chief, Hematology/Oncology Section (1984-1994); Chief, Medical Service & Site Director, PRIME (1994-1996)
  • ChairPhiladelphia VA Medical Center
    Chair, Blood Utilization Committee (1983-1984); Chair, Human Studies Comm-Institutional Review Board (1988-1994); Secretary, Medical Faculty Senate Steering Comm (1988-1990)
  • Medical OncologistPhiladelphia VA Medical Center
    Philadelphia, PA
    Attending Physician, Medicine / Hematology/Oncology (1982-1983)
  • Attending PhysicianHospital of the University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
    Philadelphia, PA
    Assistant Professor, Medicine (1980-1988); Associate Professor, Medicine (1989-2000);

Education & Training

  • University of Pennsylvania Health SystemUniversity of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Massachusetts General HospitalMassachusetts General Hospital
  • Massachusetts General HospitalMassachusetts General Hospital
  • University of California San Francisco School of MedicineUniversity of California San Francisco School of Medicine
  • University of California

Certifications & Licensure

  • MA State Medical LicenseMA State Medical License2000 - 2017
  • CA State Medical LicenseCA State Medical License1976 - 2017
  • American Board of Internal MedicineInternal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal MedicineHospice & Palliative Medicine
  • American Board of Internal MedicineMedical Oncology
  • American Board of Internal MedicineHematology

    Awards, Honors, & Recognition

    • Nominee Charles McCabe Faculty PrizeHarvard Medical School, 2014
    • America's Top DoctorsCastle Connolly, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
    • Boston MagazineCastle Connolly, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

    Publications & Presentations


    Journal Articles

    • Bridging the gap: a palliative care consultation service in a hematological malignancy-bone marrow transplant unit  Selvaggi KJ, Vick JB, Jessell SA, Lister J, Abrahm JL, Bernacki R, J Commun Support Oncol, 1/1/2014
    • Ask the Hematologist What is your approach to assessment and management of patients with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy  Abrahm JL, The Hematologist, 1/1/2014
    • Integrating palliative care into comprehensive cancer care  Abrahm JL, JNCCN, 1/1/2012

    Books/Book Chapters

    • Abeloff’s Clinical Oncology. Chapter: Caring for patients at the end of life. Page 682 - 693
      Nabati L, Abrahm JL
      Editors: Niederhuber JE, Armitage JO, Doroshow JH, Kastan MB, Tepper JE.Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, Philadelphia, PA
      Edition 5th,2014
    • The teaching hospital: Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Evolution of Academic Medicine. Chapter: Palliative care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Page 302 - 307
      Abrahm JL
      Editors: Tishler PV, Wenc C, Loscalzo J.McGraw Hill Educaton, New York, NY
    •  Chapter: Palliative medicine: Symptom management in palliative medicine. 
      Selvaggi, KJ, Abrahm, JL
      Editors: Nabel, EG.ACP medicine [online]. Hamilton (ON): Decker Intellectual Properties


    • Creating evidence-based computable algorithms providing real-time specific symptom management suggestions in both a community and an academic outpatient thoracic oncol... Abrahm JL, Lobach DF, Johns E, Halpenny B, Saunders T-A, Del Fiol G, Rabin MS, Calarese P, Berenbaum II, Zaner K, Finn K, Berry DL, Cooley ME, MACC Annual Meeting, Berlin, Germany, 6/28/2013
    • Programmatic approach and educational resources for mesothelioma Abrahm JL, International Mesothelioma Interest Group Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 1/1/2012
    • A systematic approach for testing complex clinical decision algorithms implemented through Web Services. (Poster Session) Cooley ME, Halpenny B, Saunders T-A, Abrahm J, Kawa M, Guilherme D, Loback D, AMIA Annual Symposium, 10/24/2011


    • Clinical Essentials of Palliative Care Boston, MA - 1/1/2014
    • Palliative and Supportive Care 1/1/2014
    • A Comprehensive Guide to Caring for Your Patients 1/1/2014


    • Intranet based pain competency examination and Pain Resource Document Abrahm J, DFCI
    • Guidelines for assessment and management of nausea and vomiting. (Clinical Resource and Teaching Tool) M. Lynch, B Fowler, J Abrahm, DFCI and BWH
    • Pain Management Tables and Guidelines. (Clinical Resource and Teaching Tool) Fowler B, Lynch M, Abrahm J, Phantumvanit. V, Greenberg H, Robins E, Correll D, DFCI and BWH

    Hospital Affiliations

    Insurance Accepted

    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
    • BCBS Massachusetts Blue Care Elect PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Great West PPO
    • Harvard Pilgrim HMO
    • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
    • Multiplan PHCS PPO
    • Multiplan PPO
    • Tufts Health Plan PPO
    • UniCare PPO
    • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
    • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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