Rolfe S Morrison

Rolfe S Morrison, MD

  • PROFESSOR | Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
  • PROFESSOR | Medicine
  • PROFESSOR | Anesthesiology


Geriatrics, Palliative Care, Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine

Dr. R. Sean Morrison is Director of the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute and the National Palliative Care Research Center, organizations devoted to improving care for persons with serious illness and their families and enhancing the knowledge base of palliative care in the United States. He is also  Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; and Hermann Merkin Professor of Palliative Medicine in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. During 2009-2010, he served as President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  

Dr. Morrison is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine's 2010 PDIA National Leadership Award and the 2013 Excellence in Scientific Research Award; the American Geriatrics Society’s Outstanding Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award, the Open Society Institute Faculty Scholar’s Award of the Project on Death in America, a Paul Beeson Faculty Scholars Award, a Brookdale National Fellowship, and Faculty Council and Distinguished Educator Awards from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  His current research focuses on improving the management of pain in older adults and on developing and evaluating models of palliative care delivery in  hospitals and the community.

Dr. Morrison has received over $45 million dollars in research funding and published over 125 research articles.  His work has appeared in all major peer-reviewed medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He edited the first textbook on geriatric palliative care, recently edited a new textbook on evidenced-based palliative care, and has contributed to more than 20 books on the subject of  palliative care. As one of the leading figures in the field of palliative medicine, Dr. Morrison has appeared numerous times on television and in print, including ABC World News Tonight, The Factor with Bill O’Reilly, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, theWashington Post, the New York Daily News, and Newsweek. 

Dr. Morrison received his BA from Brown University and his MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center followed by fellowship training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He has been on the faculty of the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 1995.  




Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Geriatric Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine


MD, University of Chicago

Residency, Internal Medicine, New York Hospital

Fellowship, Geriatric Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital

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