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Mary K. Buss, MD, MPH
Director, Outpatient Palliative Care; Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program Director
Department + Services
Palliative Care Services, Palliative Care
Clinical Focus Areas
Palliative Care, Medical Oncology
Research Focus Areas
Models of palliative care delivery, early integration of outpatient palliative care, quality of life in cancer patients
Seeing Patients In
|Programs + Specialties
|Training + Education
Georgetown School of Medicine; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Oncology); Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Pallaitive Care)
||Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Medical Oncology
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Tufts Medical Center
South Building, 7th Floor
800 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
Phone #: 617-636-7957
Fax #: 617-636-9080
2015 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award
1. Death by Chocolate: The Palliative Management of Dysphagia. Warren A, Buss MK. J Palliat Med. 2021 Dec 27:1-5. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2021.0487.
2. Different Associations Between Inpatient or Outpatient Palliative Care and End-of-Life Outcomes for Hospitalized Patients With Cancer. Yeh JC, Urman AR, Besaw RJ, Dodge LE, Lee KA, Buss MK. JCO Oncol Pract. 2021 Dec 16:OP2100546. doi: 10.1200/OP.21.00546
3. Palliative Care Education for Surgical Residents: Current Practices and Future Directions. Allar BG, Weinstock J, Buss MK, Kent TS. J Surg Educ. 2022 Jan-Feb;79(1):3-7. doi: 0.1016/j.jsurg.2021.06.021.
4. Patient Perceptions of Treatment Benefit and Toxicity in Advanced Cancer: A Prospective Cross-Sectional Study. Patell R, Einstein D, Miller E, Dodge L, Halleck J, Buss M.JCO Oncol Pract. 2021 Feb;17(2):e119-e129. doi:10.1200/ /OP.20.00517. Epub 2021 Jan 14.
5. Communication Skills Training for Internal Medicine Residents Using a Brief Animated Video. Patell R, Maddaleni G, Dodge L, Buss M, Freed J.J Cancer Educ. 2020 Jul 13. doi: 10.1007/s13187-020-01825-y
6. Would You Refer This Patient With Cancer to a Palliative Care Specialist? Reynolds EE, Buss MK, Schlechter BL. Ann Intern Med. 2019 Sep 17;171(6):448. doi: 10.7326/L19-0374.
7. Phase II Study of Avelumab in Patients With Mismatch Repair Deficient and Mismatch Repair Proficient Recurrent/Persistent Endometrial Cancer. Konstantinopoulos PA, Luo W, Liu JF, Gulhan DC, Krasner C, Ishizuka JJ, Gockley AA, Buss M, Growdon WB, Crowe H, Campos S, Lindeman NI, Hill S, Stover E, Schumer S, Wright AA, Curtis J, Quinn R, Whalen C, Gray KP, Penson RT, Cannistra SA, Fleming GF, Matulonis UA. J Clin Oncol. 2019 Oct 20;37(30):2786-2794. doi: 10.1200/JCO.19.01021. Epub 2019 Aug 28.
8.Managing Opioid Use Disorder in the Setting of a Terminal Disease: Opportunities and Challenges. Sager ZS, Buss MK, Hill KP, Driver JA, Skarf LM.J Palliat Med. 2020 Feb;23(2):296-299. doi: 0.1089/jpm.2019.0101.
9. Palliative Care and Communication Training in Neurosurgery Residency: Results of a Trainee Survey. Miranda SP, Schaefer KG, Vates GE, Gormley WB, Buss MK. J Surg Educ. 2019 Nov-Dec;76(6):1691-1702. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2019.06.010
10. Models of Outpatient Palliative Care Clinics for Patients With Cancer. Finlay E, Newport K, Sivendran S, Kilpatrick L, Owens M, Buss MK. J Oncol Pract. 2019 Apr;15(4):187-193. doi: 10.1200/JOP.18.00634. Epub 2019 Mar 25.PMID: 30908140 Review.
Dr. Buss joined Tufts Medical Center in 2022 with the goal of expanding the ambulatory clinic and opening a fellowship. Her clinical practice is primarily in the outpatient setting, where she enjoys collaborating and learning from colleagues of other specialties. Previously, she practiced as both a medical oncologist and a palliative medicine specialist. She has been responsible for opening and leading a transdisciplinary outpatient palliative care clinic, starting a Hospice Palliative Care Fellowship in 2017 and overseeing the expansion of the Section of Palliative Care at another institution.
Her scholarly work focuses on improving the integration of palliative care into the care of patients with cancer and other advanced illnesses. She is invested in developing and studying the impact of innovative models for delivering palliative care to patients. Dr. Buss has co-designed communication skills curricula for oncology fellows, pulmonary/critical care fellows and internal medicine residents as well as taught communication skills at workshops across the country through VitalTalk. She loves mentoring trainees and early career faculty in scholarly projects. In 2015, she received a Cunniff-Dixon Early Career Physician Award from the Hastings Center, which recognizes physicians who advance end-of-life care. She is an active member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), serving as the co-chair of the annual assembly in 2020.
Dr. Buss graduated from Williams College with a degree in Bio-Medical Ethics. She completed her medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, followed by residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical School, Hematology-Oncology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a Palliative Care fellowship at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Outside of work, she shares a home with three amazing daughters, a supportive husband, and a spoiled dog. Faith and church inform her world view, helping her make sense of suffering seen in the incredibly gratifying work of supporting the seriously ill and their families.
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)