Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH

Adjunct Professor of Medicine

We need a whole-person, person and carer-centered approach anchored in compassion, empathy and love.

Current Work

Christine is a geriatrician, palliative care physician and health services researcher. Her vision is to work with others to improve the well-being of persons living with dementia and those caring for them, to optimize the care they receive and reduce the social isolation and stigma they often experience.

Personal Hero

My father, David J Seel

Words of Strength

Connection, collaboration, community

Vision

To reduce the scale and impact of dementia, we need to bring together a community of people committed to preventing dementia, and to improving the well-being and flourishing of those living with dementia. This requires a whole-person, person and carer-centered approach anchored in compassion, empathy and love.

Strategy

Christine is a geriatrician and palliative care physician who cares for those living with dementia and their carers. She works with colleagues to improve community-based strategies and health care delivery models for those living with dementia by integrating the principles of geriatrics and palliative care into their care, especially for those living in the community.

Motivation

Christine is working with GBHI colleagues across the world to listen to the needs of those living with dementia and their carers and developing and testing solutions to improve quality of life for those affected by dementia.

Education & Experience

Christine is the Kenneth L. Minaker Chair in Geriatrics and Director of Research for the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is a board-certified geriatrician and palliative care physician focused on optimizing quality of life for those with chronic serious illness. As a clinician investigator, she conducts observational studies, mixed methods research, clinical trials and implementation science studies. These studies include the Dementia Palliative Care Study, a qualitative study seeking to understand clinical care providers’ and caregivers of persons with dementia’s experience with advanced dementia; CRESCENT, an adaptation of Care Ecosystem, a dementia care coordination intervention focused on community-dwelling older adults; and DetectCID, a study to improve the detection of dementia in primary care settings.

Awards & Honors

1991 Aesculapian Award for Excellence in the Practice of Clinical Medicine 2001 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society 2003 Provost Exemplary Advising Award, University of Louisville 2004 VA National Mark Wolcott Award for Excellence in Clinical Care Delivery 2008 UAB Healthcare Leadership Academy 2008 Birmingham Business Journal Healthcare Advocacy Hero 2012 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) PDIA National Leadership Award 2015 President, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2017 Pellegrino Bioethics Award 2017 AAHPM Visionary in Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2018 Compassionate Care Innovator Award, California Coalition for Compassionate Care 2019 Academic Senate Distinction in Mentoring Award for full Professors, University of California San Francisco