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William Pirl, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Director, Center for Psychiatric Oncology and Behavioral Sciences, Massachusetts General Hospital

Contact Info

William Pirl
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA, 02114
Mailstop: YAW 9A
Phone: 617-724-9151


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DF/HCC Program Affiliation

Cancer Survivorship
Palliative Care

Lab Website

MGH Psychiatric Oncology Service

Research Abstract

My research focuses on the identification and management of psychological and cancer-related symptoms and their influence on medical outcomes. Ongoing projects include a clinical trial for the treatment of depression in advanced cancer and a large longitudinal database of standardized assessments of physical and psychological symptoms in thoracic oncology patients. I am particularly interested in the association between depression and survival in patents with advanced non-small cell lung cancer and its underlying mechanisms, including physiological, behavioral, and differences in medical care.


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