Chittenden, Eva, MD

Associate Director, Palliative Care, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine , Harvard Medical School


Dr. Chittenden is a general internist and is the Associate Director of the MGH Palliative Care Unit. Eva joined the Unit in 2008 as Director of Educational Programs. Prior, she was Associate Director of the Palliative Care Service at the University of California, San Francisco, where she developed educational programs for medical students, residents and nurse practitioners. Her main interests in palliative care have been resident, medical student and hospitalist education, code status and advance directive discussions, and the use of reflection in clinical practice. Prior to UCSF, she worked for two years on the Navajo Reservation in northern Arizona and for two years at Alameda County Medical Center, an inner city public hospital in Oakland, California. She is originally from New York City, and did her medical training and residency at Harvard Medical School and Boston's Beth Israel Hospital.

"I love the mix of medical, emotional, and spiritual issues that come up when working with people and families struggling with life-threatening illness. I work with a wonderful and diverse team of providers, oversee educational programs that encourage learners to see beyond the traditional medical model, and continue to grow myself in both emotional and intellectual domains. What could be more fulfilling?"


Neither Dr. Chittenden nor any member of her family has relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.