Diane E. Meier

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Diane E. Meier, MD
Born (1952-04-15)April 15, 1952
Princeton, New Jersey
Citizenship American
Fields geriatrics, palliative care
Institutions Mount Sinai Medical Center
Alma mater Oberlin College, Northwestern University
Known for geriatric and palliative care advocacy
Notable awards MacArthur Fellowship

Diane E. Meier, MD, (born April 15, 1952) is an American geriatrician and the director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. As an internationally recognized expert on palliative medicine, Meier has appeared in media including The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,[1] ABC World News Tonight, The Open Mind with Richard Heffner,[2] the New York Times,[3] the Los Angeles Times, USA Today,[4] the New York Daily News,[5] Newsday, The New Yorker and Newsweek. She was featured in the Bill Moyers series On Our Own Terms: Dying in America, a four-part PBS documentary in 2002.[6]

Meier is the director of the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and professor of geriatrics and internal medicine and the Cather Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.[7] She has published more than 100 articles, four books and twenty-nine book chapters. She has completed fifteen grant projects and is currently the principal investigator on two grants. Under Meier's leadership, since 2004 CAPC doubled the number of palliative care programs in the U.S.[7] She is one of four resident 2009-2010 Health and Aging Policy Fellows working with the U.S. Senate HELP committee.[8]

Meier is a 2008 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship,[9][10] and is listed among New York Magazine‍‍ '​‍s Best Doctors of 2009.[11]


Meier was born in Princeton, New Jersey in 1952. She earned a BA in psychology from Oberlin College in 1973[12] and earned her MD at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago in 1977. She completed both an internship and a residency at Oregon Health Sciences from 1977 to 1981 and completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the VA Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.

In 1983, Meier joined the Mount Sinai School of Medicine as an instructor in the Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development. She was named associate professor in 1990 and professor of geriatrics and medicine as well as professor of medical ethics in 1998. From 1995 until 2003 she served as chief of the Division of Geriatrics in Mount Sinai's Department of Medicine, and from 1995 to the present she has directed Mount Sinai's Palliative Care Program. In 1999 she was named director of both the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute and the Center to Advance Palliative Care.

Meier served on the board of directors for Choice in Dying from 1994–1998 and on the board of directors for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, 2006-2007. Since 2000 she has sat on the board of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice Care. She serves or has served on national committees including the National Palliative Care Research Center (Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee) and the U.S. Senate’s Health Care Services Task Force.[13] She sits on the editorial boards of the journals Drugs & Aging, Interdisciplinary Topics in Gerontology, Journal of Palliative Medicine, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management and Internal Medicine News.

Honors and awards[edit]

  • Dean’s List. Oberlin College, 1973
  • Phi Beta Kappa. Oberlin College, 1973
  • Faculty Scholar, Open Society Institute Project on Death in America, 1995–1998
  • Alexander Richman Commemorative Award for Humanism in Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1998[8]
  • Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics, September 1998
  • Eleventh Faculty Achievement Award in Clinical Science, Committee of 1000, Mount Sinai Medical Center, 1998
  • Co-chair, National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, 2002–2007
  • Jacobi Medallion for Outstanding Achievement, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, March 2005
  • Project on Death in America National Leadership Award of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, February 2007
  • Founders Award of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, April 2007[14]
  • MacArthur Fellowship, September 2008 [10]
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society National Honoree, November 2008[8]
  • AARP 50th Anniversary Social Impact Award, November 2008[8]
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award, March 2009[8]
  • Mount Sinai Alumni Association Dr. Sidney Grossman Distinguished Humanitarian Award, January 2009
  • Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year Award 2009
  • Health and Aging Policy Fellowship, 2009–2010


Meier has completed 15 grants. Active grants include:

  • Archstone Foundation; Donaghue Foundation; John A. Hartford Foundation; Brookdale Foundation; Milbank Foundation for Rehabilitation; Mill Park Foundation; New York Community Trust; New York State Health Foundation; Olive Branch Fund; Partnership for Palliative Care; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; The Atlantic Philanthropies; United Hospital Fund; U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs; Y.C. Ho/Helen and Michael Chiang Foundation. December 1999- November 2011; Total direct costs: $36.5 million
  • Palliative care for hospitalized cancer patients: National Cancer Institute NCI-NIH (R01 CA116227-01); August 2006 – August 2011; Direct costs: $5.2 million


  • Hughes RG, Isaacs SL, Meier DE, (eds). Palliative Care: Transforming the Care of Serious Illness. Wiley/Jossey-Bass: March 2010. ISBN 978-0-470-52717-7
  • Cassel CK, Leipzig RM, Cohen HJ, Larson EB, Meier DE, (eds). Geriatric Medicine. 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-387-95514-3
  • Cassel CK, Leipzig RM, Cohen HJ, Larson EB, Meier DE, eds. Geriatric Medicine: An Evidence-Based Approach. 4th ed. New York: Springer-Verlag, 2003. ISBN 0-387-95514-3
  • Morrison RS, Meier DE (eds). Geriatric Palliative Care. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-19-514191-1


Partial list:

  • Meier DE, Lim B, Carlson MD. Raising the standard: palliative care in nursing homes. Health Affairs (Millwood). 2010 Jan-Feb;29(1):136-40. PMID 20048372
  • Meier DE, Casarett DJ, von Gunten CF, Smith WJ, Storey CP. Palliative Medicine: Politics and Policy. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 31 December 2009. PMID 20043709
  • Adler ED, Goldfinger JZ, Kalman J, Park ME, Meier DE. Palliative care in the treatment of advanced heart failure. Circulation. 22 December 2009;120(25):2597-606. Review. PMID 20026792
  • Weissman D, Morrison RS, Meier DE. Center to Advance Palliative Care Palliative Care Clinical Care and Customer Satisfaction Metrics Consensus Recommendations. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 18 November 2009. PMID 19922199
  • Meier DE, Beresford L. Palliative care seeks its home in national health care reform. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2009 Jul;12(7):593-7. PMID 19594342
  • Meier DE. Finding my place. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2009 Apr;12(4):331-5. PMID 19327069
  • Horton JD, Lee S, Brown SR, Bader J, Meier DE. Survival trends in children with hepatoblastoma. Pediatric Surgery International. 2009 May;25(5):407-12. Epub 24 March 2009. PMID 19308432
  • Weissman DE, Meier DE. Center to advance palliative care inpatient unit operational metrics: consensus recommendations. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2009 Jan;12(1):21-5. PMID 19284258
  • Meier DE, Beresford L. Palliative care cost research can help other palliative care programs make their case. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2009 Jan;12(1):15-20. PMID 19284257
  • Weissman DE, Meier DE, Spragens LH. Center to Advance Palliative Care palliative care consultation service metrics: consensus recommendations. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2008 Dec;11(10):1294-8. PMID 19115885
  • Meier DE. Voices. Why palliative care matters to patients and to your bottom line. Interview by Bill Santamour. Hospitals & Health Networks. 2008 Nov;82(11):16, 19. PMID 19093402
  • Weissman DE, Meier DE. Operational features for hospital palliative care programs: consensus recommendations. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2008 Nov;11(9):1189-94. PMID 19021479
  • Meier DE, Beresford L. Palliative care professionals contribute to state legislative and policy initiatives. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2008 Oct;11(8):1070-3. PMID 18980444
  • Ferrell B, Connor SR, Cordes A, Dahlin CM, Fine PG, Hutton N, Leenay M, Lentz J, Lund-Person J, Meier DE, Zuroski K. The national agenda for quality palliative care: The National Consensus Project and the National Quality Forum. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2007;33:737-744. PMID 17531914
  • Morrison RS, Meier DE, Fischberg D, Moore C, Degenholtz H, Litke A, Maroney-Galin C, Siu AL. Improving the management of pain in hospitalized adults. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2006;166:1033-1039. PMID 16682579
  • Meier DE. Palliative care as a quality improvement strategy for advanced, chronic illness. Journal for Healthcare Quality. 2005;27: 33-39. PMID 16416890
  • Nelson JE, Meier DE, Litke A, Natale DA, Siegel RE, Morrison RS. The symptom burden of chronic critical illness. Critical Care Medicine. 2004;32:1527-1534. PMID 15241097
  • Morrison RS, Meier DE. Clinical Practice. Palliative care. The New England Journal of Medicine. 2004;350(25):2582-90. PMID 15201415
  • Meier, DE. United States: Overview of cancer pain and palliative care. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2002;24:265-269. PMID 12231160
  • Meier DE, Back A, Morrison RS. The inner life of physicians and the care of the seriously ill. JAMA. 2001; 286:3007-3014. PMID 11743845


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  2. ^ "The Open Mind Online Digital Archive". Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  3. ^ Jane E. Brody (November 18, 2003). "Diane Meier; Providing Care, When the Cure Is Out of Reach". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Malcolm Ritter (April 9, 2009). "FDA reverses to let hospice painkiller stay on the market". USA Today. 
  5. ^ Patrice O'Shaughnessey (January 12, 1997). "A Life and Death Battle Assisted Suicide Debate Touches 3". New York Daily News. 
  6. ^ "On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying - End-of-Life Tools". Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  7. ^ a b "The Center to Advance Palliative Care". Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Health and Aging Policy Fellows". Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  9. ^ Patricia Cohen (September 23, 2008). "25 Receive $500,000 ‘Genius’ Fellowships". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ a b "MacArthur Foundation". Retrieved 2010-03-29. 
  11. ^ "Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.". Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  12. ^ "Oberlin College News". Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  13. ^ "National Consensus Project". Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  14. ^ "Diane E. Meier, MD; National Physician Of The Year Awards Honoree". Retrieved 2010-02-19. 

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