Harvey Max Chochinov OM, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FRSC

Founder, Canadian Virtual Hospice
Virtual Hospice Executive Committee
Virtual Hospice National Advisory Committee

Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov is known around the world for his research into the emotional and psychological needs of dying patients. His work exploring dignity in palliative care has been published in journals such as The Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal. Dr. Chochinov is a sought-after speaker and regularly lectures internationally.

His A, B, C and D guide to patient care – A for attitude, B for behaviour, C for compassion and D for dialogue – reminds doctors and other health professionals to make time for kindness and humanity in health care. Dr. Chochinov’s research shows that something as simple as a kind word or sympathetic touch influences how patients experience illness. 

Dr. Chochinov established the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit at CancerCare Manitoba and holds the only Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Order of Manitoba for his work in palliative care. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.



  • MD: University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1983)
  • Fellowship: Psychiatric Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York (1987)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Psychiatry) (1987)
  • PhD: University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1998)

Recent Awards

  • Dr. John M. Bowman Memorial Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation Award (2009)
  • O. Harold Warwick Prize, National Cancer Institute of Canada/Canadian Cancer Society (2008)
  • Elected Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2007)
  • Elected Fellow, Royal Society of Canada (2006)
  • J.M. Cleghorn Award for Excellence and Leadership in Clinical Research, Canadian Psychiatric Association (2006)

Academic Affiliation

  • Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Community Health Sciences and Family Medicine (Division of Palliative Care) at the University of Manitoba

Research Affiliations

  • Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care (2002-present)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Emerging Team (NET) grant to study end-of-life care and vulnerable populations
  • Governing Council, Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)
  • Chair, Standing Committee on Ethics, CIHR
  • Chair, Research Advisory Board, Manitoba Health Research Council
  • Advisory Board, Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research
  • Riverview Health Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Clinical Affiliation

  • Head of the Clinical Services and Academic Affairs, Department of Psychosocial Oncology, Manitoba Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation

Selected Publications


  • Chochinov HM, Breitbart W. Series editor(s) Palliative Medicine. 2nd ed.. New York: Oxford University Press; 2009.
    Book Chapters

  • Breitbart W, Gibson C, Chochinov HM. Psychiatric Issues in End of Life Care. Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine. Editor: J. Levenson. American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. 2004. pp.979-1007.
  • Skakum K, Chochinov HM. Chapter 9, Anxiety and Depression. Palliative Medicine, A Case-based manual. Edited by MacDonald N., Oneschuk D., Hagen N., Doyle D. Oxford University Press 2005.
  • Ganzini L, Chochinov HM. Psychiatry at the end of life. In Grossberg G, Sadavoy J, Jarvik L, Meyers B (eds.): Comprehensive Review of Geriatric Psychiatry, 3rd Edition, Norton Press, New York 2004:1265-1280.
  • Breitbart W, Chochinov HM. Passik S. Psychiatric Aspects of Palliative Care, in Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine (D. Doyle, G. Hanks eds), Third Edition. Oxford University Press, New York, NY. 2003:746-774.
    Recent Journal Articles

  • Ens CD, Chochinov HM, Berard JL, Harlos MS, Stenekes SJ, Wowchuk SM. Pediatric palliative care online: the views of health care professionals. Journal of Palliative Care. 2008 Spring; 24 (1): 41-8.
  • Thompson G, Chochinov HM. Dignity based approaches in the care of the terminally ill. Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care. 2008; 49-53.
  • Chochinov HM. The five research C's. Palliative and Supportive Care. 2007 Sep;5(3):203-5.
  • Chochinov HM. Dignity and the essence of medicine: the A, B, C, and D of dignity conserving care. British Medical Journal. 2007 Jul 28;335(7612):184-7.
  • Chochinov HM, Kristjanson LJ, Hack TF, Hassard T, McClement S, Harlos M. Burden to others and the terminally ill. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2007 Nov;34(5):463-71. Epub 2007 Jul 5.
  • Chochinov HM, Kristjanson LJ, Hack TF, Hassard T, McClement S, Harlos M. Personality, neuroticism, and coping towards the end of life. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2006 Oct;32(4):332-41.
  • Chochinov HM, Krisjanson LJ, Hack TF, Hassard T, McClement S, Harlos M. Dignity in the terminally ill: revisited. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2006 Jun;9(3):666-72. 


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