Meet Hunter Groninger, MD, MA

Hunter Groninger

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Bio and Featured Works

Hunter Groninger serves as Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University, Director of the Section of Palliative Care at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and Scientific Director for Palliative Care at the MedStar Health Research Institute. He grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, completed his undergraduate degree at Princeton University and master’s degree at the University of Paris-Sorbonne in comparative and French literature. After completing his medical degree and training in internal medicine at the University of Virginia, Dr. Groninger completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Capital Hospice in Washington, DC. Dr. Groninger is also a Master Facilitator with the Education for Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EPEC) Program at Northwestern University, a Faculty Affiliate in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Virginia, and a grant-funded investigator at the MedStar Health Research Institute. Some of his current studies include palliative care delivery in cardiovascular medicine, innovative symptom management strategies, language and word choice in complex communication, and the medical humanities. Select citations can be seen at (new window)


Internal Medicine


French (Speak Read Write)

Featured Works

Featured Publication1.JAMA Internal Medicine: Ambiguity in End-of-Life Care Terminology— What Do We Mean by “Comfort Care?”

Featured Publication2.Nature Reviews: Kinase inhibitors and monoclonal antibodies in oncology – clinical implications

Featured Publication3.Weaning Continuous Cardiac Inotropes at End of Life: Case Studies and Institutional Clinical Guidelines

Featured Publication4.Virtual reality for pain management in advanced heart failure: A randomized controlled study

Academic Appointment(s)


Professor, SOM – Medicine Academic Department


University of Virginia-Main Campus – M.D.

Université Paris 4 Sorbonne – M.A., French

Princeton University – B.A., Comparative Literature