The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) presented Diane E. Meier, MD, the 2013 Edward Henderson Award in recognition of her many invaluable contributions to the field of geriatrics. Dr. Meier received the award and delivered the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture during AGS’ Annual Scientific Meeting held recently.
Dr. Meier’s Henderson Lecture, Palliative Care: Transforming the Care of Serious Illness, examined how palliative medicine and geriatrics have developed an evidence base, demonstrating models of care delivery that have improved care quality and reduced costs. She discussed the challenges in improving access to these proven care delivery models to all persons in need.
“We are thrilled to present Dr. Meier with the 2013 Henderson Award,” said AGS President James Pacala, MD. “Dr. Meier has devoted her career to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services in hospitals and other health-care settings for people facing serious illnesses, and for their family caregivers.”
Dr. Meier is the Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and the Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics and Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai. Under her leadership, the number of palliative care programs in American hospitals has more than doubled in the last 5 years. ■