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Nina Ross O'Connor, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Chief of Palliative Care, Penn Medicine
Chief Medical Officer, Penn Medicine at Home
Clinical Lead, Penn-Temple Regional Response Health Collaborative for COVID-19
Department: Medicine

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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.
Trainer, Serious Illness Care Program, Ariadne Labs, 2017.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Palliative care consultation, end-of-life discussions, hospice

Description of Other Expertise

End-of-life education, post-acute services, communication skills training

Description of Research Expertise

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

Selected Publications

Hatchimonji JS, Huston-Paterson HH, Dortche K, Orji W, Ganta N, O'Connor N, Kaplan LJ, Martin ND: Do we know our patients' goals? Evaluating preoperative discussions in emergency surgery. Am J Surg 220(4), Oct 2020.

Starr LT, Ulrich CM, Junker P, Huang L, O'Connor NR, Meghani SH: Patient Risk Factor Profiles Associated With the Timing of Goals-of-Care Consultation Before Death: A Classification and Regression Tree Analysis. Am J Hosp Palliat Care 37(10), Oct 2020.

Manz CR, Chen J, Liu M, Chivers C, Regli SH, Braun J, Draugelis M, Hanson CW, Shulman LN, Schuchter LM, O'Connor N, Bekelman JE, Patel MS, Parikh RB: Validation of a Machine Learning Algorithm to Predict 180-Day Mortality for Outpatients With Cancer. JAMA Oncol Sept 2020.

Kumar P, Wixon-Genack J, Kavanagh J, Sanders J, Paladino J, O'Connor NR: Serious Illness Conversations With Outpatient Oncology Clinicians: Understanding the Patient Experience. J Oncol Pract Aug 2020.

Dingfield LE, Brooks MK, O'Keefe D, Uy J, Vanston VJ, O'Connor N: Palliative Care Pandemic Support for Long-Term Care J Palliat Med May 2020.

Starr LT, Ulrich CM, Junker P, Appel SM, O'Connor NR, Meghani SH: Goals-of-Care Consultation Associated With Increased Hospice Enrollment Among Propensity-Matched Cohorts of Seriously Ill African American and White Patients J Pain Symptom Manage May 2020.

Starr LT, Ulrich CM, Appel SM, Junker P, O'Connor NR, Meghani SH: Goals-of-Care Consultations Are Associated with Lower Costs and Less Acute Care Use among Propensity-Matched Cohorts of African Americans and Whites with Serious Illness J Palliat Med April 2020.

Manz CR, Parikh RB, Evans CN, Chivers C, Regli SH, Bekelman JE, Small D, Rareshide CAL, O'Connor N, Schuchter LM, Shulman LN, Patel MS: Integrating machine-generated mortality estimates and behavioral nudges to promote serious illness conversations for cancer patients: Design and methods for a stepped-wedge cluster randomized controlled trial. Contemp Clin Trials 23, Jan 2020.

Parikh RB, Manz C, Chivers C, Regli S, Braun J, Draugelis M, Schuchter L, Shulman L, Navathe A, Patel M, O'Connor N: Machine Learning Approaches to Predict 6-Month Mortality Among Patients With Cancer. Jama Netw Open 2(10), Oct 2019.

Paladino J, Kilpatrick L, O’Connor N, Prabhakar R, Kennedy A, Neal B, Kavanagh J, Sanders J, Block S, Fromme E.: Training Clinicians in Serious Illness Communication Using a Structured Guide: Evaluation of a Training Program in Three Health Systems. J Palliat Med Sept 2019.

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