Eric Lewis Krakauer
Eric Lewis Krakauer, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Krakauer is Assistant Professor of Medicine and of Global Health & Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing internist and palliative medicine specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Krakauer has been an active member of the Massachusetts General Hospital Optimum Care Committee, one of the first clinical ethics consultation committees in the country, since 1997. Since that time, he also has chaired the hospital’s Life Sustaining Treatment Policy Committee. In this role, he led implementation of  an innovative “due process”  approach to resolving intractable conflict over life sustaining treatment for the Optimum Care Committee . He also led the design and implementation of a new system for writing code status orders to better honor patients’ values. Since 2008, he has served as Co-Chair of the Optimum Care Committee. He frequently lectures on ethical, cultural and social issues in end-of-life care and on optimum use of life sustaining treatment, and he has published numerous papers in these areas.

Dr. Krakauer also is active in global health. He has been teaching in Vietnam since 2001 when he founded the Vietnam-CDC-Harvard Medical School AIDS Partnership (VCHAP, now called HAIVN) to provide training and technical assistance in HIV/AIDS treatment to Vietnam’s physicians and nurses in partnership with the Ministry of Health and thereby to help enable introduction and scale-up of anti-retroviral therapy. As Director of International Programs at the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care since 2005, Dr. Krakauer has assisted Vietnam’s Ministry of Health and major cancer centers and general hospitals to integrate pain relief and palliative care into the country’s cancer care and overall healthcare systems. He and his team have trained over 1000 Vietnamese clinicians in pain relief, palliative care, and end-of-life ethics and provided technical assistance with palliative care policy development, accessibility of morphine and other essential palliative medicines, and implementation of clinical programs. In addition, he works with Partners In Health (PIH), a charitable organization based in Boston, to integrate pain relief and palliative care into PIH’s pioneering cancer treatment programs for the rural poor in Rwanda, Malawi, and Haiti.

A member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Hospice & Palliative Care, his current research focuses on clinical and policy aspects of palliative care for poor and medically underserved populations around the world and on clinical and ethical issues in end-of-life care.

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Integrating palliative care and symptom relief into responses to humanitarian crises.
Authors: Authors: Krakauer EL, Daubman BR, Aloudat T.
Med J Aust
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Palliative Care-Related Knowledge, Attitudes, and Self-Assessment Among Physicians in Vietnam.
Authors: Authors: Tsao L, Slater SE, Doyle KP, Cuong DD, Khanh QT, Maurer R, Minh Thy DN, Quoc Thinh DH, Tuan TD, Van Dung D, Khue LN, Krakauer EL.
J Pain Symptom Manage
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Palliative care and symptom relief for people affected by multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
Authors: Authors: Krakauer EL, Dheda K, Kalsdorf B, Kuksa L, Nadkarni A, Nhung NV, Selwyn P, Shin S, Skrahina A, Jaramillo E.
Int J Tuberc Lung Dis
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Global palliative radiotherapy: a framework to improve access in resource-constrained settings.
Authors: Authors: Elmore SNC, Grover S, Bourque JM, Chopra S, Nyakabau AM, Ntizimira C, Krakauer EL, Balboni TA, Gospodarowicz MK, Rodin D.
Ann Palliat Med
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Training in Global Palliative Care Within Palliative Medicine Specialist Training Programs: A Moral Imperative.
Authors: Authors: Rhee JY, Foley K, Morrison RS, Centeno C, Krakauer EL.
J Pain Symptom Manage
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Alleviating the access abyss in palliative care and pain relief-an imperative of universal health coverage: the Lancet Commission report.
Authors: Authors: Knaul FM, Farmer PE, Krakauer EL, De Lima L, Bhadelia A, Jiang Kwete X, Arreola-Ornelas H, Gómez-Dantés O, Rodriguez NM, Alleyne GAO, Connor SR, Hunter DJ, Lohman D, Radbruch L, Del Rocío Sáenz Madrigal M, Atun R, Foley KM, Frenk J, Jamison DT, Rajagopal MR.
Lancet
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Universal health coverage and intersectoral action for health: key messages from Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition.
Authors: Authors: Jamison DT, Alwan A, Mock CN, Nugent R, Watkins D, Adeyi O, Anand S, Atun R, Bertozzi S, Bhutta Z, Binagwaho A, Black R, Blecher M, Bloom BR, Brouwer E, Bundy DAP, Chisholm D, Cieza A, Cullen M, Danforth K, de Silva N, Debas HT, Donkor P, Dua T, Fleming KA, Gallivan M, Garcia PJ, Gawande A, Gaziano T, Gelband H, Glass R, Glassman A, Gray G, Habte D, Holmes KK, Horton S, Hutton G, Jha P, Knaul FM, Kobusingye O, Krakauer EL, Kruk ME, Lachmann P, Laxminarayan R, Levin C, Looi LM, Madhav N, Mahmoud A, Mbanya JC, Measham A, Medina-Mora ME, Medlin C, Mills A, Mills JA, Montoya J, Norheim O, Olson Z, Omokhodion F, Oppenheim B, Ord T, Patel V, Patton GC, Peabody J, Prabhakaran D, Qi J, Reynolds T, Ruacan S, Sankaranarayanan R, Sepúlveda J, Skolnik R, Smith KR, Temmerman M, Tollman S, Verguet S, Walker DG, Walker N, Wu Y, Zhao K.
Lancet
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Palliative Care in Vietnam: Long-Term Partnerships Yield Increasing Access.
Authors: Authors: Krakauer EL, Thinh DHQ, Khanh QT, Huyen HTM, Tuan TD, The THN, Cuong DD, Thuan TV, Yen NP, Van Anh P, Cham NTP, Doyle KP, Yen NTH, Khue LN.
J Pain Symptom Manage
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Palliative Care in Rwanda: Aiming for Universal Access.
Authors: Authors: Krakauer EL, Muhimpundu MA, Mukasahaha D, Tayari JC, Ntizimira C, Uhagaze B, Mugwaneza T, Ruzima A, Mpanumusingo E, Gasana M, Karamuka V, Nkurikiyimfura JL, Park P, Barebwanuwe P, Tapela N, Elmore SN, Bukhman G, Leng M, Grant L, Binagwaho A, Sezibera R.
J Pain Symptom Manage
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National palliative care capacities around the world: Results from the World Health Organization Noncommunicable Disease Country Capacity Survey.
Authors: Authors: Sharkey L, Loring B, Cowan M, Riley L, Krakauer EL.
Palliat Med
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