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Cynthia Pan

  • ADJUNCT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
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    Director of Education, Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute

    Dr. Pan is Director of Education of the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, and Assistant Professor of Geriatrics and Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She grew up in Taiwan and South America, and moved to the US in 1979. She attended Harvard/Radcliffe and obtained a B.A. in Biology, SUNY at Stony Brook for medical school, completed a primary care internal medicine residency at the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY), and geriatrics fellowship training at Harvard Medical School's Division on Aging. She joined the faculty of the Departments of Geriatrics and Medicine at Mount Sinai in 1997. She has served as Director of Education at the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute at Mount Sinai since 1999. Since then, she has been working with the School of Medicine's new curriculum reform to ensure that palliative care is taught throughout all four years of medical school.

    In 1999, Dr. Pan was awarded a five year Geriatric Academic Award (GACA), administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration, to enhance her educational leadership in Geriatric Palliative Care. She is also a member of the Ethnogeriatrics Committee at the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). Since 4/2000, she has served on the national Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary & Community Based Linkages, to The Secretary of Health and Human Services. Since 1/2002, she has been serving on the Pain Management Clinical Expert Panel, convened by the American Medical Association (AMA), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), & the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Dr. Pan is an active clinician and teaches medical students and house staff in geriatric and palliative care in out-patient and in-patient settings. She has presented in both geriatrics and palliative care national societies, and works to bridge the gap between the two fields.


Pan CX, Glynn RJ, Mogun H, Choodnovskiy I, Avorn J. Definition of race and ethnicity in older people in Medicare and Medicaid. J Am Geriatr Soc 1999; 47(6): 730-733.

Pan CX, Meier DE. "Clinical Aspects of End-of-life Care." In: Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Year 2000: Focus on the End-of-life: Scientific and Social Issues. Ed. Lawton P. Springer Publishing Company 2000 Nov; 20: 273-308.

Pan CX, Morrison R, Ness J, Fugh-Berman A, Leipzig RM. Complementary and alternative medicine in the management of pain, dyspnea, and nausea and vomiting near the end of life. A systematic review. J Pain Symptom Manage 2000 Nov; 20(5): 374-87.

Cherniack EP, Senzel RS, Pan CX. Correlates of use of alternative medicine by the elderly in an urban population. J Altern Complement Med 2001 Jun; 7(3): 277-280.

Pan CX, Morrison RS, Meier DE, Natale DK, Goldhirsch SL, Kralovec P. How prevalent are hospital-based palliative care programs? Status report and future directions. J Palliat Med 2001 September; 4(3): 315-324.

Pan CX, Soriano RP, Fischberg DJ. Palliative Care Module within a Required Geriatrics Clerkship: Taking Advantage of Existing Partnerships. Acad Med 2002; 77: 936-937.

Cohen R, Ek K, Pan CX. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use by older adults: a comparison of self-report and physician chart documentation. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2002; 57: M223-M227.

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