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

  • Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, School of Medicine
  • Clinician Scientist, Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, School of Medicine


Joan M Teno is a  physician health services researcher with over 25 years of experience conducting research that has impacted and transformed end of life care in the US. She is a board certified internist with added qualifications in geriatrics, hospice, and palliative medicine. Dr. Teno was a hospice medical director for 18 years.  She is currently the project leader of a program project grant studying attending physician staff for persons with multimorbidity, past recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Investigator Award, and investigator on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contract on creating the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Hospice Survey and updating the hospice payment model. Over the past decade, she has been the PI of two National Institute on Aging (NIA) grants working with Drs. Mor, Mitchell, and Gozalo that provided the authoritative evidence base of the effectiveness of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) feeding tube in persons with advance dementia. In recognition of this body of work, Dr. Teno was part of the study panel of the 2014 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on reforming how we care for seriously ill and dying persons in America.  In 2018, Dr. Teno was named one of the visionaries in hospice and palliative care. Throughout Dr. Teno’s career, she has been one of the leaders in defining and operationalizing how we measure the quality of care for those who are dying through bereaved family member surveys and use of administrative data.    


  • M.D., 1982, Drexel University
  • M.S., 1990, Brown University
  • Internship:

    • Rhode Island Hospital
  • Residency:

    • Rhode Island Hospital
  • Fellowship:

    • Roger Williams Hospital, Geriatrics
    • T32 Fellow Brown University Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research
  • Certifications:

    • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    • Geriatrics
    • Internal Medicine

Honors and awards

  • Inaugural NHPCO Quality Leadership Award in recognition of work as a researcher and a clinician dedicated to understanding how to measure and improve the quality of care for people at the end of life at the NHPCO’s 28th Management and Leadership Conference – Cutting Edge of the Care Continuum. National Harbor, MD, April 25, 2013.
  • John Mendelson Award, University of Texas MD Anderson Hospital, October 12, 2017.
  • Visonary in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, AAHPM Annual Assebly, March 16, 2018
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) Award for Excellence in Scientific Research on 1/20/2005 at the Annual Assembly of AAHPM and HPNA in New Orleans, LA.

Memberships and associations

  • Academy Health

Areas of interest

  • care of seriously ill; quality measurement serious ill and hospice; consumer assessment of the quality of care;



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