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Muriel Gillick is a physician specializing in the care of elderly patients and adults of all ages who are facing serious, life-threatening illness. She is a staff physician at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and a Professor of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She provides consultation to patients at the Brigham and Women Hospital, a major Harvard teaching hospital.
Dr. Gillick attended Swarthmore College, where she received a B.A. in history. She then went on to Harvard Medical School for an M.D. degree and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital. Her geriatric training took place at Boston University Medical Center. She also spent a year as a research fellow in the Mellon Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is board-certified in both Geriatrics and in Palliative Medicine.
Before coming to Harvard Vanguard and the Brigham, Dr. Gillick was Physician-in-Chief at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged, a premier long-term care facility in the Boston area. She also served as Director of the Harvard Geriatrics Fellowship Program, which trains young physicians to specialize in geriatric medicine.
The major focus of Dr. Gillick's work is caring for patients near the end of their lives. She is particularly interested in helping patients and their families figure out what approach to medical care makes most sense for them, given their underlying health status, their values, and their goals.