Dr. Jennifer Temel is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Cancer Outcomes Research Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center. She is also the Clinical Director of Thoracic Oncology at the MGH Cancer Center and provides oncology care for patients with lung and esophageal cancer. Her research focuses on improving palliative, supportive and end of life care for patients with cancer and their families. She has received funding from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the American Cancer Society to study novel methods of improving the care of cancer patients.
One of the main focuses of Dr. Temel’s research involves studying the integration of palliative and oncology care in patients with advanced cancers. Her work in this area has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and JAMA. She was awarded a National Cancer Institute mid-career development award to mentor others in palliative and end of life care in oncology and serves as the co-Principal Investigator on a National Cancer Institute grant to conduct a workshop on methods in supportive oncology research for junior faculty.
Dr. Temel recently received the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, the American Cancer Society Pathfinder Award for her impact on the field of palliative care, and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society Award for Outstanding Education and Training.