Akiko Shimamura, Md, Phd
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Dana-Farber founder Sidney Farber, MD, pioneered the concept of patient-centered care, in which patients are seen not only by physicians and nurses, but also by specialists in other areas of cancer care, such as social work, nutrition, integrative therapies, and many others. Today, Dana-Farber’s wide range of patient and family support services help our patients to move through their cancer experiences. And involving patients and their families in care decisions is standard practice across our Institute.