• Kerry Hennessy, RN, MSN, AOCN

    Yawkey Center for Cancer Care
    Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Phone: 617-632-5135
    Email: kerry_mahar@dfci.harvard.edu


    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    450 Brookline Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215


    I have been a registered nurse in oncology since 1989 and have worked as staff nurse, hospice team member, nurse clinician, nurse educator, and clinical nurse specialist. Though I never dreamed I'd do it, I speak locally, nationally and even internationally on topics related to palliative care, chemotherapy safety, and various cancers and their treatments.  I have been an active member of The Oncology Nursing Society for many years and currently sevrve as the coordinator for the staff education special interest group. I have spent many years as an active member of the program planning team for our local chapter here in Boston.


    Education and Training
    Salem State College, BS, 1985
    MGH Institute for Health Professions, RN, 1989
    MGH Institute for Health Professions, MSN, 1991

    Advaned Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN)

    Select Publications

    • Changing the Culture Through Collaboration.  Janet Abrahm MD, Kerry Mahar RN, Eileen Molina RN, Nancy Murphy RN and Bridget Fowler PharmD.  American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assembly January 2005.
    • Multidisciplinary Development of Palliative Care Symptom Guidelines.  Mahar, Kerry RN, Murphy, Nancy RN, and Molina, Eileen RN ONS 32nd Annual Congress.  Abstract/Podium Presentation ( May 2007).
    • Mahar K. Practical Applications: Overcoming Barriers to Chemotherapy Safety in Nursing. The Oncology Nurse. Vol. 1 No. 5, Oct/Nov 2008. (suppl)
    • Different Strokes For Different Folks. Mahar, Kerry RN,  Leifeste, Kathleen RN, and Blecher, Carol RN.  ONS 36th Annual Congress, Staff Education SIG Educational Program (May 2011).
    • The 5 W’s of Chemo Competency. Mahar, Kerry RN, Levine, Aran RN, and Toth, Millie RN. ONS 36th Annual Congress, Instructional Session (May 2011).