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Diane Meier

  • PROFESSOR Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
  • PROFESSOR Medicine
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  • Hospice & Palliative Medicine

  • Geriatric Medicine

  • American Board of Internal Medicine


  • MD, Northwestern University Hospital

  • Residency, Internal Medicine
    Oregon Health Sciences University

  • Fellowship, Geriatric Medicine
    Veterans Affairs Medical Center


    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 Vice-Chair for Public Policy and Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics; and was the founder and Director of the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, 1997-2011, all at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

    Dr. Meier was named one of 20 People Who Make Healthcare Better in the U.S. by HealthLeaders Media 2010. She received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in September of 2008 and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Oberlin College in 2010. Other honors include 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, and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award 2009. She is currently Principal Investigator of an NCI-funded five-year multisite study on the outcomes of hospital palliative care services in cancer patients.  Dr. Meier served as one of Columbia University’s Health and Aging Policy Fellows in Washington DC during the 2009-2010 academic year, working both on the Senate’s HELP Committee and the Department of Health and Human Services.

    Dr. Meier has over 100 peer reviewed publications in the medical literature. Her most recent book, Palliative Care: Transforming the Care of Serious Illness, was published by Jossey in 2010. She edited the first textbook on geriatric palliative care, as well as four editions of Geriatric Medicine.  As one of the leading figures in the field of palliative medicine, Dr. Meier has appeared numerous times on television and in print, including ABC World News Tonight, Open Mind with Richard Hefner, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the New Yorker, AARP, and Newsweek. She figured prominently in the Bill Moyers series On Our Own Terms, a four-part documentary aired on PBS.

    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 Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 1983.  


  • 2009 -
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Manfredi PL, Morrison R, Morris J, Goldhirsch S, Carter J, Meier D. Palliative care consultations: how do they impact the care of hospitalized patients?. J Pain Symptom Manage 2000 Sep; 20(3): 166-73.

Carney MT, Meier DE. Palliative care and end-of-life issues. Anesthesiol Clin North America 2000 Mar; 18(1): 183-209.

Morrison R, Flanagan S, Fischberg D, Cintron A, Siu A. A novel interdisciplinary analgesic program reduces pain and improves function in older adults after orthopedic surgery. Journal of the American Geriatric Society 2009; 57: 1-10.

Kelley A, Morrison R, Wenger N, Ettner S, Sarkisian C. Determinants of treatment intensity for patients with serious illness: a new conceptual framework. Journal of Palliative Medicine 2010; 13(7): 807-813.

Nierman DM, Schechter CB, Cannon LM, Meier DE. Outcome prediction model for very elderly critically ill patients. Crit Care Med 2001 Oct; 29(10): 1853-1859.

Meier DE. Palliative care programs: what, why, and how?. Physician Exec 2001 Dec; 27(6): 43-47.

Meier DE. United States: Overview of cancer pain and palliative care. J Pain Symptom Manage 2002 Aug; 24(2): 265-269.

Gelfman L, Meier D, R. Does palliative care improve quality? A survey of bereaved family members. J Pain Symptom Management 2008; 26: 22-28.

Morrison R, Meier DE, editors. Geriatric Palliative Care. New York, Oxford University Press; 2003.

Epstein AS, Goldberg GR, Meier DE. Palliative care and hematologic oncology: The promise of collaboration. Blood reviews 2012 Nov; 26(6).

Boockvar KS, Meier DE. Palliative care for frail older adults: . JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association 2006 Nov; 296(18).

Morrison RS, Penrod JD, Cassel JB, Caust-Ellenbogen M, Litke A, Spragens L, Meier DE. Cost savings associated with US hospital palliative care consultation programs. Archives of internal medicine 2008 Sep; 168(16).

Meier DE, Brawley OW. Palliative care and the quality of life. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2011 Jul; 29(20).

Meier DE, Brawley OW. Palliative care and the quality of life. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2011 Jul; 29(20).

Adler ED, Goldfinger JZ, Kalman J, Park ME, Meier DE. Palliative care in the treatment of advanced heart failure. Circulation 2009 Dec; 120(25).

Kelley AS, Meier DE. Palliative care--a shifting paradigm. The New England journal of medicine 2010 Aug; 363(8).

Domino SE, Bodurtha J, Nagel JD. Interdisciplinary research career development: building interdisciplinary research careers in women's health program best practices. Journal of women's health (2002) 2011 Nov; 20(11).

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Dr. Meier did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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