Center to Advance Palliative Care Director, Diane E. Meier, MD Named 2017 TRUST Award Recipient by The Health Research & Educational Trust

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is pleased to announce that CAPC Director, Diane E. Meier, MD has been selected as the 2017 TRUST Award recipient by The Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association (AHA). Dr. Meier will be honored at a reception on July 27, 2017, in San Diego, during the Health Forum/American Hospital Association Leadership Summit.

The TRUST Award is presented annually by HRET to a health care leader who has made significant contributions to improving the U.S. health care delivery system, honoring individuals who have exhibited visionary leadership in the health care field and who symbolize HRET’s mission to use research and education to improve health care quality in policy and practice. Under Dr. Meier’s leadership the number of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals has more than tripled in the last 10 years.

“Diane’s leadership in the field of palliative care has been transformative,” said Jay Bhatt, DO, president of HRET and chief medical officer of the AHA. “A pioneer and innovator in the field, she has led through clinical practice, scholarship and teaching to expand and integrate high-value palliative care in health care delivery.”

“I am honored to receive this prestigious award, on behalf of myself and of CAPC,” said Dr. Meier. “We strive each day to expand and improve knowledge and skills needed so that more medical providers and health systems can provide palliative care to those with serious illness and their families. We share a common goal with HRET of advancing health in our communities.”

In addition to her role as Director of CAPC, Dr. Meier is also 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 from 1997-2011 – all at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She has been on the faculty of the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 1983.

Dr. Meier is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2008 MacArthur Fellowship―a $500,000, no-strings-attached “genius award” for individuals who have shown exceptional creativity in their work and the promise to do more. She received her MD from Northwestern University Medical School and completed her residency and fellowship training at Oregon Health Sciences University.

Dr. Meier has more than 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 by Humana Press in 2014. She edited the first textbook on geriatric palliative care, as well as four editions of Geriatric Medicine.

About CAPC

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national, member-based organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious illness. CAPC provides hospitals, hospices, payers and other health care organizations with the tools, training, technical assistance and metrics needed to support the successful implementation and integration of palliative care. To learn more about CAPC, visit


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