Benjamin Roberts

Benjamin S. Roberts, MSN, RN

Benjamin S. Roberts, MSN, CRNP

Palliative Care
Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care

In the end, it all comes down to the people. The Division is full to the brim of a rare and special blend of scientific & clinical rigor plus authenticity & compassion.


I came to nursing after my grandfather’s death. I witnessed his health care team & and myself struggle to listen deeply to his wish to ‘go home’ rather than attempt to rehab back to health. I viewed nursing as a key avenue to help align medical care with patients’ own values, preferences, and beliefs. Once a nurse, I quickly discovered that Palliative Care makes these principles an explicit part of the clinicians’ mission. With colleagues, I developed, implemented, and studied the first end of life simulation at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, which remains a component of Masters students’ curriculum to this day. After this foray into palliative care education, I was privileged to meet the director of our program here, and have never looked back.

My wife is also a nurse – the best I’ve ever met. Her specialty is in Labor & Delivery. Outside of my work and family, music is my greatest passion. I’ve played drums since I was in my high-chair, and spent about six years playing jazz professionally in the New York area before coming to Baltimore to pursue nursing.

Selected Publications
  • Wright, R & Roberts, B. Palliative Care in the Emergency Department. Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. 2019 Feb 15: 652-659. 10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0053. Roberts B, Wright SM, Dy SM, Wu DS. Narrative Approach to Goals of Care Discussions: Assessing the Use of the 3-Act Model in the Clinical Setting [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jun 26]. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020;S0885-3924(20)30539-X.

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  • Roberts B, Wright SM, Christmas C, Robertson M, Wu DS. COVID-19 Pandemic Response: Development of an outpatient palliative care toolkit based on narrative communication. 2020, in press. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. In press, 2020.

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