For her leading role in driving awareness and adoption of palliative care services in the United States, the National Academy of Medicine awarded the Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care to Diane Meier, Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City.

Meier established the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute at Mount Sinai, which was a model program to help patients and families navigate the complexity of illness and devise strategies for managing pain and other symptoms, and she is the Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care. Her efforts have spurred huge growth in the nation’s palliative care capacity; there are now over 1,800 programs in the U.S. dedicated to this type of care, and more than 80 percent of people in U.S. hospitals have access to palliative care teams.

Dr. Meier is a long-time John A. Hartford Foundation grantee.