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Judith E Nelson, MD, JD
Pulmonary Medicine
    • Position
    • ADJUNCT PROFESSOR | Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
    • Specialty
    • Pulmonary Medicine
    • Language
    • English
    • Hospital Affiliation
    • The Mount Sinai Hospital
Dr. Nelson received her JD from Harvard Law School, and MD from New York University School of Medicine.  She is Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and is on the faculty of Mount Sinai’s Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute.  She is Associate Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit and Respiratory Care Unit at Mount Sinai Medical Center.  She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine, and Palliative Medicine.  Dr. Nelson’s research interests relate to integration of palliative care with critical care in ICUs.  She received a Faculty Scholar Award from the Project on Death in America, the 2002 Roger C. Bone Award for Advances in End-of-Life Care from the CHEST Foundation of the American College of Chest Physicians, and the 2003 Grenvik Family Award for Ethics from the Society of Critical Care Medicine.  In 2010, she was named by New York Magazine as one of New York’s Top Doctors in the field of pulmonary/critical care medicine.  Dr. Nelson is Principal Investigator of a multi-center study funded by NIH to improve communication and decision-making for patients with chronic critical illness.  She is also the recipient of a K07 Academic Career Leadership Award from the National Institute on Aging.  With support from NIA and the Center to Advance Palliative Care, she launched The IPAL-ICU Project™ at to assist in improving palliative care for ICU patients and their families.  Dr. Nelson worked with the Transformation of the ICU Program by VHA, Inc. to develop the Care and Communication Bundle of ICU palliative care quality measures, which is posted on the AHRQ National Quality Measures Clearinghouse Website and is the basis for several other multi-ICU collaboratives to improve ICU palliative care.  She has participated as faculty in training ICU physicians and nurses in skills for communicating with families of critically ill patients.  She is currently working with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Veterans Integrated Service Network 3, and VHA, Inc. on programs to improve ICU palliative care quality.  Dr. Nelson has authored numerous publications and lectures frequently across the United States as well as abroad. 


Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Critical Care Medicine
Pulmonary Disease
American Board of Internal Medicine


MD, NYU School of Medicine

Residency, Internal Medicine
Mount Sinai Sch. of Medicine CUNY

Residency, Internal Medicine
Mount Sinai Hospital

Fellowship, Pulmonary/Crit Care
Mount Sinai Hospital