Joan M. Teno, M.D., M.S.




Research Interests: Dr. Teno led the effort in the design of the Study to Understand Prognoses and Preferences for Outcomes and Risks of Treatments (SUPPORT) intervention analysis and was lead author in twelve publications from that research effort, which ranged from the role of advance directives to describing the dying experience of seriously ill and older adults. Both as a researcher and clinician,


Dr. Teno has devoted her career to understanding how to measure and improve the quality of end of life care for vulnerable populations. She was the lead investigator in a research effort to create a Toolkit of Instruments to Measure Care at the End of Life (TIME). In this grant effort, she created the Brown University Family Evaluation of Hospice Care, that was in part adapted into CAHPS Hospice Survey. She has led a state wide effort to improve pain management in nursing homes, for which she has received an award from the American Cancer Society.


Dr. Teno has served on numerous advisory panels including the Institute of Medicine, World Health Organization and American Bar Association and as grant peer reviewer for the National Institutes of Health. She has been the recipient of funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Teno's focus has been on measuring and evaluating interventions to improve the quality of medical care for seriously ill and dying patients.


Over 200 research articles have been published in leading medical journals focusing on examining medical care for dying persons and frail persons residing in nursing homes.


Education and Training:

College: 1982, Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Medical School: 1982, Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA

Residency: 1982-1985, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI

Fellowship: 1987-1990, Brown University, Providence, RI

Other Advanced Degrees:1990, Community Health with a specialty in Gerontology and Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Brown University, Dept. of Community Health, Providence, RI


Bibliography: Link to NCBI Collections


Clinic Information: Attending-HMC Inpatient Palliative Care Service


General Information: Email Dr. Teno