Justin Sanders

Justin Sanders
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justin.sanders [at] mcgill.ca

Justin Sanders, MD, MSc, FAAHPM

Kappy and Eric M. Flanders Chair of Palliative Care

Director, Palliative Care McGill

Associate Professor, McGill University



Dr. Sanders has a BA in Art History from Haverford College, an MD from the University of Vermont, and an MSc in Medical Anthropology, which he completed at the University College London as a US-UK Fulbright Post-graduate Scholar. Dr. Sanders completed residency and chief residency in Family and Social Medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. He completed his fellowship in the Harvard Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He was a research fellow in cancer communications outcomes research and then the Associate Director of Innovation in the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs, a joint health systems innovation center at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 


Research interests: 

My research interests lie at the intersection of culture, communication, and serious illness, with a focus on promoting authentic healing relationships. I work in qualitative and mixed-methods. I am one of three principal investigators in the Virtual Communications Research Lab, in which we use virtual technologies to study the emotional and cognitive impact of verbal, non-verbal, and environmental aspects of communication.






Communication, Serious Illness, Cancer, Disparities, Culture, Palliative Care, Qualitative Research, Mixed-methods research


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