Diane E. Meier, MD is Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization devoted to increasing access to palliative care in the United States. Under her leadership the number of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals has more than tripled in the last decade. She is co-director of the Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center; Vice-Chair for Public Policy and Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics; and was founder and Director of the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, all at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Meier’s numerous grants and awards include a MacArthur Fellowship, acknowledgement as one of 20 People Who Make Healthcare Better and AARP. She's Principal Investigator of an NCI-funded multisite study on hospital palliative care services in cancer patients and consults on numerous projects evaluating palliative care.