James Joseph Parris, MD, PhD

Adjunct Instructor, Medicine

James Parris
1400 VFW Parkway


I am currently the medical director of the VA Boston Hospital in Home program. The program is designed to provide hospital-level services to veterans in their homes using an interdisciplinary team consisting of an attending physician, physician assistant, nursing team, pharmacist, and social worker. I also attend on the general medicine wards and palliative care consult service at the West Roxbury VA Hospital. Prior to medical school, I did research on human embryonic stem cell differentiation and obtained my PhD from Newcastle University as a Marshall Scholar. I attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then completed my internship, residency, and chief residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Between my residency and chief residency, I worked for one year as a hospitalist at BIDMC and affiliated community sites. I completed a clinical fellowship in the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute / Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I am interested in novel methods of care delivery and using the skills and principles of palliative care for patients with complex medical and psychosocial needs.


  • University of Delaware, BS
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, MD/PhD


  • Published on 2/5/2018

    Ricotta DN, Parris JJ, Parris RS, Sontag DN, Mukamal KJ. The Burden of Guardianship: A Matched Cohort Study. J Hosp Med. 2018 09 01; 13(9):595-601. PMID: 29401209.

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  • Published on 5/11/2017

    Parris J, Hale A. Death and Dignity: Exploring Physicians' Responsibilities After a Patient's Death. Am J Med. 2017 Aug; 130(8):996-999. PMID: 28502816.

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  • Published on 8/1/2005

    Parris JJ, Cooke VG, Skarnes WC, Duncan MK, Naik UP. JAM-A expression during embryonic development. Dev Dyn. 2005 Aug; 233(4):1517-24. PMID: 15977176.

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