Featured Experts
    • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    • Family Medicine
    • Director, Adult Palliative Medicine, Department of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center

    Dr. Craig D. Blinderman is currently the director of the Adult Palliative Medicine Service at Columbia University Medical Center/New-York Presbyterian Hospital and Co-Director of the Center for Supportive Care and Clinical Ethics in the Department of Medicine. He was previously an attending physician on the Palliative Care Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital and co-directed the MGH Cancer Pain Clinic from 2007-2010.

    Dr. Blinderman received his undergraduate degree in chemistry (Boston University) and a M.A. in philosophy (Columbia) before earning his medical degree from Ben Gurion University in Israel. He completed both a residency in Family Medicine and a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in NY. He then went on to complete a Medical Ethics fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

    Dr. Blinderman has published numerous original articles, reviews and chapters in the following areas: early palliative care in lung cancer patients (Temel et al. NEJM 2010), comfort care for the dying patient (NEJM, 2015), medical ethics, existential distress, symptom assessment and quality of life in chronic lung and heart failure patients, as well as cancer pain management, and the management of pain in patients with a history of substance abuse. He currently is the section editor for Case Discussions in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. Dr. Blinderman also serves on the advisory board and teaches at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.

    His academic interests include: decision-making at the end of life, the role of palliative care in public health, palliative care in developing countries, medical ethics, and the integration of contemplative care and meditation in medical practice. He also has a strong interest in teaching and developing programs to improve students’ and residents' skills in communication and care for the dying.

  • Diane E. Meier, M.D., FACP, 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 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. Dr. Meier is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2008 MacArthur Fellowship.. She was named one of 20 People Who Make Healthcare Better in the U.S. by HealthLeaders Media 2010 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Oberlin College in 2010. In 2012, she was awarded American Cancer Society’s Medal of Honor for Cancer Control in recognition of her pioneering leadership of the effort to bring non-hospice palliative care into mainstream medicine. Other honors include the Open Society Institute Faculty Scholar’s Award of the Project on Death in America, the Founders Award of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 2007, AARP’s 50th Anniversary Social Impact Award 2008, Castle Connelly’s Physician of the Year Award 2009 and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award 2009. Dr. Meier served as one of Columbia University’s Health and Aging Policy Fellows in Washington DC during the 2009-2010 academic year, working both on the Senate’s HELP Committee and the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Meier has published more than 200 original peer review papers, and several books. Her most recent book, Meeting the Needs of Older Adults with Serious Illness: Challenges and Opportunities in the Age of Health Care Reform, was published by Humana in 2014. She edited the first textbook on geriatric palliative care, as well as four editions of Geriatric Medicine.  Diane E. Meier received her BA from Oberlin College and her MD from Northwestern University Medical School. She completed her residency and fellowship training at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. She has been on the faculty of the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 1983. She lives in New York City.

    • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    • Internal Medicine

    Timothy E. Quill, MD is the Thomas and Georgia Gosnell Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) where his is also Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Medical Humanities and Nursing.  He was the Founding Director of the URMC Palliative Care Division and a Past President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

    Dr. Quill has published and lectured widely about various aspects of the doctor-patient relationship, with special focus on end-of-life decision making, including delivering bad news, nonabandonment, discussing palliative care earlier, and exploring last-resort options.  He is the author of several books on end-of life, including Physician-Assisted Dying:  The Case for Palliative Care and Patient Choice (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), Caring for Patients at the End of Life:  Facing an Uncertain Future Together (Oxford University Press, 2001), A Midwife Through the Dying Process:  Stories of Healing and Hard Choices at the End of Life (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), and Palliative Care and Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2014).  He is also an author of over 150 articles published in major medical journals including “Death and Dignity:  A Case of Individualized Decision Making” published in 1991 in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Dr. Quill was the lead physician plaintiff in the New York State legal case challenging the law prohibiting physician-assisted death that was heard in 1997 by the U.S. Supreme Court (Quill v. Vacco). 

    Dr. Quill received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College (1971), and his M.D. from the University of Rochester (1976).  He completed his Internal Medicine Residency in 1979 and a Fellowship in Medicine/Psychiatry Liaison in 1981, both from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  Dr. Quill is a Fellow in the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, a Fellow in the American College of Physicians, an ABMS certified palliative care consultant, and a past board member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

    • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    • Chair, Association of Palliative Medicine Professionals Standards Group at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

    Appointed Consultant at Royal Trinity Hospice and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in 1998. Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London since 2002. Honorary consultant at Royal Hospital Chelsea (Chelsea Pensioners). Chair, Royal Marsden Partners Palliative Care Group (West London). Chair, Association of Palliative Medicine Professionals Standards Group. Areas of special interest include palliative care in non-malignant diseases. End-of-life care involvement currently includes developing local resources to improve quality of end of life care include education, care pathways, audit and measurement of outcomes.

    • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    • Medical Oncology
    • Outpatient palliative care
    • Breast oncology
    Co-Director, Outpatient Palliative Care, Massachusetts General Hospital; Breast Oncologist, Massachusetts General Hospital

     

    Jennifer Shin, MD, MPH is a medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer and a palliative care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital.  She is the Co-Director of the MGH Palliative Care Clinic.

     

    Dr. Shin received her undergraduate education at Stanford University and her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania.  She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital.  She completed a fellowship in hematology-oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in palliative medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.  Her specific clinical and research interests include quality of life in patients with breast cancer and patient-physician communication.  She enjoys teaching medical residents and fellows.

     

    • Internal Medicine
    • Interventional Cardiology
    National correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine, Cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Instructor at Harvard Medical School
    Dr. Lisa Rosenbaum is a national correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine, cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and instructor at Harvard Medical School. She earned her MD from the University of California, San Francisco, and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She then completed cardiology fellowship at Weill-Cornell New York Presbyterian Hospital, followed by the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars’ program at the University of Pennsylvania.