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Eric Lewis Krakauer, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Attending Physician, Division of Palliative Care & Geriatrics, Director, Global Palliative Care Program, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Krakauer led development of a method for estimating palliative care need in every country in the world for the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care. His research also addresses ethical issues in palliative care and implementation of palliative care education and clinical services in low- and middle-income countries.

Dr. Krakauer received MD and PhD degrees from Yale University, trained in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and completed fellowships in general internal medicine and in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School. At Massachusetts General Hospital, where he has practiced medicine and palliative care since 1997, he co-founded one of the first palliative care specialist training programs in the US and co-chaired the hospital’s clinical ethics committee. Since 2001, he has provided training and technical assistance for ministries of health, major hospitals, medical schools, and colleagues in low- and middle-income countries including Vietnam, Bangladesh, Rwanda, Malawi, Haiti, and the Russian Federation, to help integrate palliative care into healthcare systems and healthcare education. While serving as Medical Officer for Palliative Care at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Switzerland, he edited WHO manuals on integrating palliative care into primary health care, into pediatrics, and into responses to humanitarian crises. He also has served on the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Medicine & Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he helped to found one of the first academic departments of palliative care in the developing world.

Affiliations

  • Visiting Associate Professor and Honorary Chair, Department of Palliative Care, University of Medicine & Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Quality of life among advanced cancer patients in Vietnam: a multicenter cross-sectional study.
Authors: Authors: Huyen BT, Van Anh PT, Duong LD, The THN, Guo P, Van Thuc P, Khue LN, Krakauer EL, Harding R.
Support Care Cancer
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Design and Evaluation of a Novel Mobile Phone Application to Improve Palliative Home-Care in Resource-Limited Settings.
Authors: Authors: Harding R, Carrasco JM, Serrano-Pons J, Lemaire J, Namisango E, Luyirika E, Immanuel T, Paleri AK, Mathews L, Chifamba D, Mupaza L, Martínez CL, Zirimenya L, Bouësseau MC, Krakauer EL.
J Pain Symptom Manage
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Symptom prevalence, burden and correlates among people living with HIV in Vietnam: a two-centre self-report study.
Authors: Authors: Le Dai D, Pham TVA, Bui TTH, Than TNH, Pham VT, Luong NK, Harding R, Krakauer EL.
AIDS Care
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Innovation in a Crisis: Lessons Learned from the Rapid Development of an End-of-Life Palliative Care Unit during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Authors: Authors: Drutchas A, Kavanaugh A, Cina K, Rinehart T, Krakauer EL, Doyle K, Davila C, Byrne-Martelli S, Kamdar M.
J Palliat Med
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Cervical Cancer-Associated Suffering: Estimating the Palliative Care Needs of a Highly Vulnerable Population.
Authors: Authors: Krakauer EL, Kwete X, Kane K, Afshan G, Bazzett-Matabele L, Bien-Aimé DDR, Byrne-Martelli S, Connor S, Correa R, Devi CRB, Diop M, Gafer N, Goodman A, Grover S, Hasenburg A, Irwin K, Thanh Khanh Q, Kumar S, Nevzorova D, Truong QXN, Rajagopal MR, Randall T, Rassouli M, Sessa C, Spence D, Torode JS, Trimble T, Varghese C, Fidarova E.
JCO Glob Oncol
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Augmented Package of Palliative Care for Women With Cervical Cancer: Responding to Refractory Suffering.
Authors: Authors: Krakauer EL, Kane K, Kwete X, Afshan G, Bazzett-Matabele L, Ruthnie Bien-Aimé DD, Borges LF, Byrne-Martelli S, Connor S, Correa R, Devi CRB, Diop M, Elmore SN, Gafer N, Goodman A, Grover S, Hasenburg A, Irwin K, Kamdar M, Kumar S, Nguyen Truong QX, Randall T, Rassouli M, Sessa C, Spence D, Trimble T, Varghese C, Fidarova E.
JCO Glob Oncol
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Essential Package of Palliative Care for Women With Cervical Cancer: Responding to the Suffering of a Highly Vulnerable Population.
Authors: Authors: Krakauer EL, Kane K, Kwete X, Afshan G, Bazzett-Matabele L, Ruthnie Bien-Aimé DD, Borges LF, Byrne-Martelli S, Connor S, Correa R, Devi CRB, Diop M, Elmore SN, Gafer N, Goodman A, Grover S, Hasenburg A, Irwin K, Kamdar M, Kumar S, Truong QXN, Randall T, Rassouli M, Sessa C, Spence D, Trimble T, Varghese C, Fidarova E.
JCO Glob Oncol
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Creation and validation of a Vietnamese version of the Frommelt Attitudes Toward Care of the Dying Scale.
Authors: Authors: Nguyen TL, Annoussamy LSC, Krakauer EL.
Int J Palliat Nurs
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"I Wish I Could Die So I Would Not Be in Pain": A Qualitative Study of Palliative Care Needs Among People With Cancer or HIV/AIDS in Vietnam and Their Caregivers.
Authors: Authors: Pham VA, Nguyen H, Krakauer EL, Harding R.
J Pain Symptom Manage
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Assessing and Addressing the Need for Cancer Patient Education in a Resource-Limited Setting in Haiti.
Authors: Authors: Schleimer LE, Desameau PG, Damuse R, Olsen M, Manzo V, Cardenas C, Mehrtash H, Krakauer EL, Masamba L, Wang C, Bhatt AS, Shulman LN, Huang FW.
Oncologist
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