Division of General Internal Medicine

Division of General Internal Medicine
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Nina Ross O'Connor, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Attending, Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse; Philadelphia, Pa
Attending, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pa
Director, Palliative Care Program, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
Director of Palliative Care, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Medical Director, Penn Wissahickon Hospice
Department: Medicine

Contact information
3400 Spruce Street
White Building, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 478-2250
BA (Biology)
Yale University, 1999.
University of Virginia School of Medicine, 2003.
Post-Graduate Training
Family Medicine Residency, University of Virginia Department of Family Medicine; Charlottesville, VA , 2003-2006.
Faculty Development Fellowship, University of Virginia Department of Family Medicine; Charlottesville, VA , 2006-2007.
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania Division of Geriatrics; Philadelphia, PA , 2010-2011.
Board Certified in Family Medicine , 2006.
Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine , 2012.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Palliative care consultation, ICU palliative care, end-of-life discussions, inpatient hospice

Description of Other Expertise

End-of-life education, communication

Description of Research Expertise

Renal palliative care, hospice, end-of-life care

Selected Publications

O'Connor NR, Moyer ME, Kirkpatrick JN: Scripted Nurse Visits: A Resource-Efficient Palliative Care Model for Ventricular Assist Devices Journal of Palliative Medicine July 2016.

Sagin A, Kirkpatrick JN, Pisanni BA,Fahlberg BB, Sundlof AL, and O’Connor NR: Emerging Collaboration Between Palliative Care Specialists and Mechanical Circulatory Support Teams: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management July 2016.

O'Connor NR, Casarett DJ: Which patients need palliative care most? Challenges of rationing in medicine's newest specialty. Journal of Palliative Medicine 19(7), July 2016.

Darrah NJ, O'Connor ND: Towards safer transitions: A curriculum to teach and assess hospital-to-hospice handoffs. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 51(6), June 2016.

O'Connor NR, Moyer ME, Behta M, Casarett DJ. : The impact of inpatient palliative care consultations on 30-day hospital readmissions. Journal of Palliative Medicine 18(11): 956-61, November 2015.

Sagin A, O'Connor NR: Palliative care in liver transplantation, When to consult a specialist. Contemporary Liver Transplantation. Cataldo Doria (eds.). Springer International Publisher, 2015.

Corcoran A, Darrah N, O'Connor N: Palliative care after discharge: Services for the seriously ill in the home and community. Pantilat S, Anderson W, Gonzales M, Widener E, eds. Hospital-Based Palliative Medicine. John Wiley and Sons, Inc, 2015.

O’Connor Nina R,Hu Rong, Harris Pamela S,Ache Kevin, Casarett David J: Hospice admissions for cancer in the final days of life: independent predictors and implications for quality measures. Journal of Clinical Oncology 32(28): 3184-9, October 1 2014.

O’Connor Nina R, Dougherty Meredith, Harris Pamela S, Casarett David J: Survival after dialysis discontinuation and hospice enrollment for end stage renal disease. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 8(12): 2117-22, Dec 2013.

O'Connor Nina R, Corcoran Amy M: End-stage renal disease: symptom management and advance care planning. American Family Physician 85(7): 705-10, Apr 1 2012.

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Last updated: 08/24/2016
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