Palliative Care Specialist Diane Meier, MD, FACP, Named to U.S. Senate HELP Committee Fellowship Post

Director of both the Center to Advance Palliative Care and the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, Dr. Meier has an extraordinary opportunity to take part in the federal policy-making process.

New York, NY
 – January 4, 2010 /Press Release/  –– 

Diane Meier, MD, FACP, Professor of Geriatrics and the Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has been selected as a 2009-2010 Health and Aging Policy Fellow with the United States Senate HELP Committee.

The HELP committee has jurisdiction over issues such as workforce, medical education and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As one of four resident fellows, Dr. Meier will participate in the policymaking process on the federal level as on the Committee, which also oversees public health and health insurance statutes to address emerging threats and changing patterns in the healthcare industry.

Dr. Meier is also Director of both the Center to Advance Palliative Care and the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2008 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

This is an enormous honor and a tremendous opportunity to gain insight into how health care policy is made, especially during this time of health reform, said Dr. Meier. "My hope is that the field of palliative care will be the ultimate beneficiary of this experience."

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program, in partnership with the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program, is a highly selective non-partisan program that provides a unique opportunity for health and aging professionals to obtain the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans. Founded in 1953, the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program is the nation's oldest and most prestigious congressional fellowship devoted to expanding knowledge and awareness of Congress throughout the United States and worldwide.

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.