Jimmie C. Holland, MD

Wayne E. Chapman Chair in Psychiatric Oncology
Jimmie C. Holland, MD -- Wayne E. Chapman Chair in Psychiatric Oncology

As a psychiatrist for more than 30 years, I have devoted my career to helping patients, their families, and medical staff as they cope with the psychological burden of cancer and its treatment. I have directed a support group for patients with lung cancer for over 15 years, and I now also co-lead a group for older adults who are coping with illness and cancer. This intervention is also being offered over the telephone to housebound elderly.

Over the years, I pioneered ways in which counseling, psychosocial interventions, and medications can reduce the distress experienced by cancer patients and their families. My research focuses on psychotherapy for elderly patients with cancer. As such, I am part of the hospital-wide 65+ Program in which we provide both clinical services and conduct research in helping older patients cope with cancer and illness.

Appointments for New Patients
Clinical Expertise

Psychological and Psychiatric Problems of Patients with Cancer and Their Families; Bereavement Counseling

Languages Spoken

MD, Baylor College of Medicine


Malcolm Bliss Mental Health Center; Massachusetts General Hospital; Edward J. Meyer Memorial Hospital


National Institute of Mental Health; Harvard Medical School

Board Certifications


Publications by Jimmie C. Holland

Jimmie Holland, MD and Sheldon Lewis. The Human Side of Cancer. Harper Collins, Quill Books 2000.

Jimmie Holland, MD. Psychosocial Distress in the Patient with Cancer: Standards of Care & Treatment Guidelines. Oncology Symptom Management 1999; 10 :19-24

Jimmie Holland, MD. Editor, Textbook of Psycho-Oncology. Oxford University Press 1998.

Jimmie Holland, MD with Sheldon Lewis. Emotions and Cancer: What do we Really Know? (Chap 5). Mind, Body, Medicine: How to Use Your Mind for Better Health. (Eds) D Goleman & J Gurin, Consumer Report Books 1993.

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