Kelly Edwards Irwin, MD, MPH

PCORT Fellow Kelly Edwards Irwin
Attending Psychiatrist, MGH Cancer Center and MGH Schizophrenia Program
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Irwin is a faculty psychiatrist at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center and MGH Schizophrenia Program. Her research and clinical interests focus on health disparities for individuals with severe mental illness (SMI). In collaboration with Dr. William Pirl and Dr. David Henderson, she is developing a research and clinical program centered on improving cancer outcomes for people with SMI throughout the continuum of cancer care including screening, early detection, treatment, and end-of-life care. She is currently designing and piloting a collaborative care intervention for patients with SMI at the time of cancer diagnosis.

Dr. Irwin graduated from Harvard University in 2001, worked with Doctors for Global Health in El Salvador, and then returned to Harvard Medical School, receiving her MD in 2008. She completed her residency in psychiatry at MGH and McLean where she served as a chief resident and joined the faculty at MGH as a staff psychiatrist in 2012. She received the Dupont-Warren Fellowship from Harvard Medical School in 2013 and the Program in Cancer Outcomes Research Training (PCORT) fellowship in 2015.


  • Irwin, K. E., Henderson, D. C., Knight, H. P. & Pirl, W. F. (2014). Cancer care for individuals with schizophrenia.. Cancer, 120(3), 323-334. [Online version]