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About Diane E. Meier

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. Diane E.'s Posts:

Caring for the Caregiver

Well-meaning friends and relatives may say to those caring for a loved one with a serious illness that “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.” But you do not have to handle it alone. Caregiving can be relentless, exhausting and overwhelming. For sole caregivers, there can be a sense of loneliness and isolation. People often assume that palliative […]

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Putting Pain in the Past: Palliative Care

Several years ago, I met a young woman (I will call her Catherine) who received a new diagnosis of leukemia. Not surprisingly, she and her family were overwhelmed with the news. She had always been so healthy. While her illness was serious, she was actively in treatment and had every hope for recovery. At the same time, she was exhausted […]

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Helping Families Understand Palliative Care – Part I

As a doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, I’ve seen firsthand the enormous impact that caring for someone with a serious medical condition can have on a caregiver’s daily life—from managing medications to dealing with physical and emotional stress. I’m also a palliative care specialist and it’s one of my goals to help patients and caregivers understand what […]

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