Susan Block

Dr. Block was a panelist for the Forum’s discussion on Living the Best Life Possible.

Susan Block, MD, is Director of the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs. As Director, Susan oversees the research and execution of the Serious Illness Care Program.

In addition, Susan is the founding chair of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Co-Director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care, and professor of psychiatry and medicine at Harvard Medical School. This palliative care program is one of the largest in the United States. Susan has been a national leader in the development of palliative medicine, has led major innovative, educational projects in a variety of areas, is known internationally as an expert in medical education, faculty development, and palliative care, and has contributed to research in medical education, palliative care, psycho-oncology, and health system change. She is the author of over 150 publications and has won numerous awards for education, research, and leadership.

Susan received her AB from Stanford University and her MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Susan completed residencies in both internal medicine and psychiatry at Beth Israel Hospital and is board certified in both fields.