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
    PA
  • 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
  • UCSFUCSF
  • 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

    PubMed

    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
      2014
    •  Chapter: Palliative medicine: Symptom management in palliative medicine. 
      Selvaggi, KJ, Abrahm, JL
      Editors: Nabel, EG.ACP medicine [online]. Hamilton (ON): Decker Intellectual Properties
      2012

    Abstracts/Posters

    • 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

    Lectures

    • 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

    Other

    • Intranet based pain competency examination and Pain Resource Document Abrahm J, DFCI
      1/1/2014
    • Guidelines for assessment and management of nausea and vomiting. (Clinical Resource and Teaching Tool) M. Lynch, B Fowler, J Abrahm, DFCI and BWH
      1/1/2013
    • 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
      1/1/2013

    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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