Walter Moczynski, DMin, BCC

Walter Moczynski, DMin, BCC

Director, Center for Spiritual Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Walter Moczynski, DMin, BCC

Walter V. Moczynski is the Director for the Center for Spiritual Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston and a Board Certified Chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains. He completed his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, is a certified field education supervisor for Harvard Divinity School and faculty at Harvard Medical School for the course Spirituality and Healing in Medicine. He holds a Doctorate of Ministry degree, a Masters of Theological Studies degree and a Masters of Divinity degree and is an ordained minister.

Dr. Moczynski has over 25 years experience in chaplaincy, focusing in areas of crisis intervention, spiritual healing, medical ethics, grief and loss and chaplaincy formation. He has a rich diversified background in working with community, religious and health care leaders in caring for people in need from family and youth violence, to substance abuse support programs and health care disparities. He developed and continues a clinical spiritual care practicum for theological students exploring chaplaincy.

As an educator, he is a former Instructor in Ministry at Harvard Divinity School for the module Theologically Thinking about Grief and Loss and former Teaching Fellow at both Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Extension School for the course Ethics in Medicine. He participated at Harvard Medical School in the Patient-Doctor Relationship program sharing spiritual care issues with medical students. His leadership positions have included State Representative and Certification Chair for the Association of Professional Chaplains.  He has been a member of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and The Children’s Hospital Ethics Advisory Committee, Boston. At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute he assisted the development of an Ethics Advisory Committee, became a member and co-chaired the committee. Dr. Moczynski has authored and co-authored on a wide range of chaplaincy topics, from “Spiritual Healing as Alternative, Complementary and Integrative Therapy: A Potential Slippery Slope” to “Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy”.

 Internationally Dr. Moczynski has co-chaired the International Task Force on Medical Ethics and Health Care Chaplaincy and co-edited the international book, Medical Ethics in Health Care Chaplaincy-Essays. He developed an international chaplain exchange program in Germany and is developing future programs.

 Dr. Moczynski is the recipient of national and local awards such as recognition for outstanding leadership and professional service from the Association of Professional Chaplains, Partners in Excellence Award for outstanding leadership during the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Excellence in Management Award for exemplary leadership in staff development, mentoring, professionalism and competency. Dr. Moczynski lectures nationally and internationally to community, medical and spiritual care professionals.