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Dementia Palliative Care Clinical Trials Program
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Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH


Dr. Ritchie is the Kenneth L. Minaker Chair in Geriatrics and Director of Research for the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also the director of the Center for Aging and Serious Illness Research at MGH within the Mongan Institute, designed to bring together researchers across MGH and the Boston community to improve the well-being of older adults and enhancing the lived experience of those with advanced illnesses.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Ritchie has built and led palliative care programs and run research programs focused on the intersection of geriatrics and palliative care. She is board certified in geriatrics and palliative care, with long-standing experience in clinical care delivery and advanced illness research. Dr. Ritchie is co-chair of the NINR-funded Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC) and directs the Investigator Development Center which conducts PCRC’s annual Clinical Trials Intensive. She is past president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She serves as a member of the National Quality Forum (NQF) Standing Committee for Palliative and End of Life Care, and the Exclusions Committee of the National Center for Quality Assurance. She co-directs the national Home-based Primary Care and Palliative Care Consortium. Dr. Ritchie has longstanding funding from NIH and foundations and is the author/co-author of over 250 publications. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Palliative Medicine National Leadership Award and the Coalition for Compassionate Care’s Compassionate Care Innovator Award.

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