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Michael J. Balboni, PhD, ThM, MDiv

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Phone: (617) 582-9186


Michael_Balboni@dfci.harvard.edu

Michael J. Balboni, PhD, ThM, MDiv

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Instructor, Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Instructor, Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

My primary research interests are in palliative care, with a focus on the religious and spiritual dimensions of the experience of life-threatening illness. I am particularly interested in prospective correlations between religious and spiritual characteristics of patients, physicians, and family caregivers and medical outcomes. My work also aims to develop and test spiritual care training for medical professionals and clergy.

Publications

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  • Balboni MJ, Puchalski CM, Peteet JR. The Relationship between Medicine, Spirituality and Religion: Three Models for Integration. 2014. PubMed
  • Balboni MJ, Sullivan A, Enzinger AC, Epstein-Peterson ZD, Tseng YD, Mitchell C, Niska J, Zollfrank A, Vanderweele TJ, Balboni TA. Nurse and Physician Barriers to Spiritual Care Provision at the End of Life. J Pain Symptom Manage 2014. PubMed
  • Balboni TA, Balboni M, Enzinger AC, Gallivan K, Paulk ME, Wright A, Steinhauser K, VanderWeele TJ, Prigerson HG. Provision of spiritual support to patients with advanced cancer by religious communities and associations with medical care at the end of life. JAMA Intern Med 2013; 173:1109-17. PubMed
  • Peteet JR, Balboni MJ. Spirituality and religion in oncology. CA Cancer J Clin 2013. PubMed
  • Balboni MJ, Sullivan A, Amobi A, Phelps AC, Gorman DP, Zollfrank A, Peteet JR, Prigerson HG, Vanderweele TJ, Balboni TA. Why is spiritual care infrequent at the end of life? Spiritual care perceptions among patients, nurses, and physicians and the role of training. J Clin Oncol 2013; 31:461-7. PubMed
  • Phelps AC, Lauderdale KE, Alcorn S, Dillinger J, Balboni MT, Van Wert M, Vanderweele TJ, Balboni TA. Addressing spirituality within the care of patients at the end of life: perspectives of patients with advanced cancer, oncologists, and oncology nurses. J Clin Oncol 2012; 30:2538-44. PubMed
  • Risse GB, Balboni MJ. Shifting Hospital-Hospice Boundaries: Historical Perspective on the Institutional Care of the Dying. Am J Hosp Palliat Care 2012. PubMed
  • El Nawawi NM, Balboni MJ, Balboni TA. Palliative care and spiritual care: the crucial role of spiritual care in the care of patients with advanced illness. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care 2012; 6:269-74. PubMed
  • Balboni T, Balboni M, Paulk ME, Phelps A, Wright A, Peteet J, Block S, Lathan C, Vanderweele T, Prigerson H. Support of cancer patients' spiritual needs and associations with medical care costs at the end of life. Cancer 2011; 117:5383-91. PubMed
  • Winkelman WD, Lauderdale K, Balboni MJ, Phelps AC, Peteet JR, Block SD, Kachnic LA, VanderWeele TJ, Balboni TA. The relationship of spiritual concerns to the quality of life of advanced cancer patients: preliminary findings. J Palliat Med 2011; 14:1022-8. PubMed
  • Maciejewski PK, Phelps AC, Kacel EL, Balboni TA, Balboni M, Wright AA, Pirl W, Prigerson HG. Religious coping and behavioral disengagement: opposing influences on advance care planning and receipt of intensive care near death. 2011. PubMed
  • Balboni MJ, Babar A, Dillinger J, Phelps AC, George E, Block SD, Kachnic L, Hunt J, Peteet J, Prigerson HG, Vanderweele TJ, Balboni TA. "It Depends": Viewpoints of Patients, Physicians, and Nurses on Patient-Practitioner Prayer in the Setting of Advanced Cancer. J Pain Symptom Manage 2011. PubMed
  • Alcorn SR, Balboni MJ, Prigerson HG, Reynolds A, Phelps AC, Wright AA, Block SD, Peteet JR, Kachnic LA, Balboni TA. "If God wanted me yesterday, I wouldn't be here today": religious and spiritual themes in patients' experiences of advanced cancer. J Palliat Med 2010; 13:581-8. PubMed
  • Balboni TA, Paulk ME, Balboni MJ, Phelps AC, Loggers ET, Wright AA, Block SD, Lewis EF, Peteet JR, Prigerson HG. Provision of spiritual care to patients with advanced cancer: associations with medical care and quality of life near death. J Clin Oncol 2010; 28:445-52. PubMed
  • Kinghorn WA, McEvoy MD, Michel A, Balboni M. Professionalism in modern medicine: does the emperor have any clothes? Acad Med 2007; 82:40-5. PubMed
  • Vallurupalli M, Lauderdale K, Balboni MJ, Phelps AC, Block SD, Ng AK, Kachnic LA, Vanderweele TJ, Balboni TA. The role of spirituality and religious coping in the quality of life of patients with advanced cancer receiving palliative radiation therapy. J Support Oncol 2012; 10:81-7. PubMed
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