AARP Names Diane E. Meier, MD, One of New York’s Top 50 Champions of Social Change

Diane E. Meier, MD, Director of Mount Sinai’s Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, has been awarded AARP’s 50th Anniversary Social Impact Award. Dr. Meier was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2008.

New York, NY
 – January 5, 2009 /Press Release/  –– 

Diane Meier, MD, the Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics, Chief of the Division of Geriatrics for the Department of Medicine at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and a MacArthur Fellow for 2008, has been honored by AARP with its 50th Anniversary Social Impact Award.

Dr. Meier has been a faculty member in the Mount Sinai Department of Geriatrics since 1983. She established and is the Director of Mount Sinai’s Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, a model program that assists patients and families in navigating the complexities of serious illness and devises strategies for managing pain and other symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, and loss of appetite.

She also directs the Center to Advance Palliative Care, an organization affiliated with Mount Sinai which provides health care professionals with the tools, training, financial guidance, and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care programs in hospitals and other health care settings.

AARP was founded by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired school teacher who used every opportunity to focus America’s leaders and the public on the needs of others. In commemoration of its 50th year, AARP is recognizing the achievements of New Yorkers who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to enhancing the lives of New Yorkers, improving their communities, and inspiring others.

This year AARP is celebrating 50 years of helping people achieve independence, choice and control throughout their lives, said Lois Aronstein, AARP New York State Director. "In honor of this milestone, AARP New York is paying tribute to the legacy and successes of 50 New Yorkers, like Dr. Meier, whose work and achievements live up to Dr. Andrus’ motto and who have been our champions of social change."

Dr. Meier has our thanks and gratitude for raising awareness and fostering a dialogue on these complex issues to professionals, the media, and to families throughout New York, said Aronstein.

For more information on AARP’s 50th Anniversary Social Impact Award recipients across the state, visit

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center
The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. Founded in 1852, Mount Sinai today is a 1,171-bed tertiary-care teaching facility that is internationally acclaimed for excellence in clinical care. Last year, nearly 50,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients, and there were nearly 450,000 outpatient visits to the Medical Center.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine is internationally recognized as a leader in groundbreaking clinical and basic-science research, as well as having an innovative approach to medical education. With a faculty of more than 3,400 in 38 clinical and basic science departments and centers, Mount Sinai ranks among the top 20 medical schools in receipt of National Institute of Health (NIH) grants.

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50+. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. It produces AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 34.5 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's 40 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and its website, It has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.