Palliative Care

An EU Framework 7 Programme

Dr Diane Meier

Dr Diane Meier

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA

Work Package Roles:

  • WP5: Collaborator

Dr. Diane E. Meier is Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization devoted to increasing the number and quality of palliative care programs in the United States. Under her leadership the number of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals has more than tripled in the last 10 years. She is also Vice-chair for Public Policy and Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; and Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. In 2009-2010, she was a Health and Aging Policy Fellow in Washington, DC.

Dr. Meier was recognized in 2010 by HealthLeaders as one of 20 Americans who make health care better. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation 'genius award' Fellowship in 2008. Other recognition includes the Open Society Institute Faculty Scholar's Award of the Project on Death in America, the Alexander Richman Commemorative Award for Humanism in Medicine, the Founders Award of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 2007, AARP's 50th Anniversary Social Impact Award 2008, Gold Humanism Honor Society National Honoree 2008, Castle Connelly's Physician of the Year Award 2009, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Oberlin College in 2010, and the American Cancer Society's 2012 Medal of Honor. She is currently Principal Investigator of an NIH-NCI-funded five-year multisite study on the outcomes of hospital palliative care services in cancer patients.

Dr. Meier has over 200 publications in major peer-reviewed medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. She authored Palliative Care: Transforming the Care of Serious Illness (Jossey Bass, 2010), edited the first textbook on geriatric palliative care, as well as four editions of Geriatric Medicine, and has contributed to more than 20 books on the subject of geriatrics and palliative care.

Diane E. Meier received her BA from Oberlin College and her MD from Northwestern University Medical School. She completed her residency and fellowship training at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. She has been on the faculty of the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 1983.

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