Diane E. Meier


Director Emeritus & Strategic Advisor, Center to Advance Palliative Care

Professor, Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Dr. Diane E. Meier is immediate past CEO of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC.org), a national organization devoted to increasing access to quality palliative care for people living with a serious illness and their families 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 co-director of the Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center; Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; Professor of Medicine; Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics; and was the founder and Director of the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, 1997-2011, all at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

Dr. Meier was named one of 20 People Who Make Healthcare Better in the U.S. by HealthLeaders Media 2010, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2013. She received the Gustav O. Lienhard Award of the National Academy of Medicine and the AHA-HRET TRUST Award, both in 2017, as well as a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2008. Dr. Meier served as a Health and Aging Policy Fellow in Washington DC in 2009-2010, working both on the Senate’s HELP Committee and at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Meier has over 200 peer-reviewed publications in the medical literature. Her most recent book, Meeting the Needs of Older Adults with Serious Illness: Challenges and Opportunities in the Age of Health Reform, was published in 2014.