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Andrew Tyler Putnam, MD, BA

Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and Assistant Professor of Nursing; Director, Palliative Pain and Symptom Management, Palliative Medicine; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

Contact Information

Andrew Tyler Putnam, MD, BA

Patient Care Location

Office Location

  • Laboratory for Medicine and Pediatrics (LMP)
    15 York Street, Rm 1072
    New Haven, CT 06510
    Information and appointments:203.785.6977

Mailing Address

  • General Internal Medicine

    333 Cedar Street, PO Box 208028

    New Haven, CT 06520-8028

    United States



Dr. Putnam is a specialist in Palliative Medicine who was Director of the Palliative Care Program at Georgetown University for 11 years. His interests include pain and symptom management in people with severe disease including cancer and physician-patient communication.

Dr. Putnam is a graduate of Yale University and received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in family medicine at State University of New York at Stony Brook and a fellowship in palliative medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Education & Training

  • Fellowship
    Massachusetts General Hospital (2001)
  • Residency
    State University of New York - Stony Brook (1999)
  • Internship
    State University of New York - Stony Brook (1997)
  • MD
    University of Connecticut School of Medicine (1996)
  • BA
    Yale University, History (1980)


  • Medical Management of Common Cancer Related Problems
    New York, NY, United States 2016
    34th Annual Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium
  • Palliative Care; Making Cancer Treatment Possible
    Stony Brook, NY, United States 2013
    State University of New York at StonyBrook, Family Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Medical Management of Common Cancer Related Problems
    San Francisco, CA, United States 2012
    Society of Interventional Radiologists, Scientific Meeting
  • Pain Control in Wound Care
    Bethesda, MD, United States 2011
    Wound Management Course
  • Practical End-of-Life Care
    Washington, DC, United States 2009
    Internal Medicine Grand Rounds

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Department of Medicine Teaching AwardGeorgetown University Medical Center2011
Make-A-Difference AwardNeurofibromatosis Mid-Atlantic Association2011
Innovative Hospital PartnerCapital Hospice2010

Professional Service

JNCCN—Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer NetworkReviewer2022 - Present
Communication, Culture and Engagement Task ForceWorking to improve the quality of life for clinicians in Smilow CancerCenter2020 - Present
Oncology Safety and Quality CouncilQuality monitoring in Smilow Cancer Hospital2015 - 2019
Advanced Care Planning Work GroupWorking to improve advance care planning in Yale New Haven Hospital.2015 - 2019
Advanced Care Planning Education SubcommitteeImproving advance care planning education of clinicians at Yale New Haven Hospital2015 - 2019
Yale Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Clinical Curriculum CommitteeClinical Curriculum Committee2015 - Present
Yale Hospice and Palliative Medicine FellowshipFellow Selection Committee2015 - Present
Medical Marijuana Policy CommitteeOrganized the implementation of certification for medical marijuana in Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven2014 - 2018
NCCNAdult Cancer Pain Panel2014 - 2017
Journal of Palliative MedicineReviewer2012 - 2019
Palliative Medicine Steering Leadership Task ForceCommittee responsible for formation of ethics policy with in the hospital.2012 - 2017
Pain Curriculum CommitteeEvaluating the teaching of pain at Yale University School of Medicine2012 - 2015
Journal of Pain and Symptom ManagementReviewer2012 - 2013
Greater Washington Partnership for End-of-Life CarePublic Policy Committee2008 - 2010
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative MedicineWorkforce Capacity Task Force2008 - 2010
DC Pain CollaborativeImproving pain education for medical professionals in Washington DC2007 - 2010
William Wendt CenterImproving end-of-life care in the Washington DC area2007 - 2010
Working Group on End-of-Life Care, Pontifical Academy for Life, The Vatican, ItalyWorking Group to advise the Vatican on the requirement for nutrition and hydration at the end-of-life2003 - 2004

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