Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care
Director of the Hertzberg Palliative Care institute
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
PO Box 1070
New York, NY 10029
Diane E. Meier, MD, 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 five years. She is also director of the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute; professor of geriatrics and internal medicine; and Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
Dr. Meier 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 a National Cancer Institute-funded five-year multisite study on the outcomes of hospital palliative care services in cancer patients.
Dr. Meier has published extensively in all major peer-reviewed medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. 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, and has contributed to more than 20 books on the subject of geriatrics and palliative care. 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 York Daily News, Newsday, the New Yorker, AARP, and Newsweek. She figured prominently in the Bill Moyers series On Our Own Terms: Dying in America, a four-part documentary aired on PBS.
Dr. Meier received her BA degree from Oberlin College and her MD degree from Northwestern University Medical School. She completed her residency and fellowship training at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.