Justin Sanders

Justin Sanders

Associate Director of Innovation, Serious Illness Care Program

Justin Sanders, MD, MSc, is an associate faculty with the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs, where his work focuses on disparities in care of the seriously ill.

Justin is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician in the Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care department at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. As a Fulbright Scholar, Justin studied barriers to utilization of hospice services among South Asian Muslims in East London, UK. Justin has a BA in Art History from Haverford College, an MD from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and an MSc in medical anthropology from University College London. He completed internship, residency and a chief residency in Family and Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and is a recent graduate of the Harvard Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Fellowship.

Justin’s academic interests lay at the intersection of culture, communication, and serious illness, with a focus on disparities and quality measurement in serious illness communication. He is a 2016 recipient of the Cambia Health Sojourn Scholars Award, a leadership focused career development award for future leaders in palliative care.

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New viewpoint highlights strategies for communicating prognosis with patients

A new viewpoint written by palliative care experts at Ariadne Labs and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) highlights key strategies for communicating prognosis with patients. The viewpoint discusses the challenges associated with delivering difficult news to patients and how not receiving this information can create patient anxiety and distance them… Continue reading New viewpoint highlights strategies for communicating prognosis with patients

Aug 15 2019
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New study on Serious Illness Care Program underscores significant benefit of more, better, and earlier conversations between clinicians and patients

BOSTON, MA – Across the United States, millions of individuals face serious, life-limiting illness like cancer, heart disease and stroke, respiratory disease and diabetes. The final year of life with serious illness can be filled with emotional distress and uncertainty about treatment options. When people with serious illness have conversations with their doctors and nurses… Continue reading New study on Serious Illness Care Program underscores significant benefit of more, better, and earlier conversations between clinicians and patients

Mar 14 2019
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Three Ariadne Labs faculty are recognized for their work to advance the field of palliative care

Through support from the Cambia Health Foundation’s Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program, three Ariadne Labs faculty lead the way to advancing the field of palliative care in the U.S. Compared to other medical specialties, palliative care is young. In fact, American medical accreditors did not recognize Hospice and Palliative Medicine as a subspecialty until 2006. With… Continue reading Three Ariadne Labs faculty are recognized for their work to advance the field of palliative care

Sep 27 2018