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Nina Ross O'Connor, MD

Professor of Clinical Medicine
Chief Medical Officer, Penn Medicine at Home (inclusive of home health, home infusion, home palliative care, and hospice)
Chief Medical Officer, Subacute and Therapy Services, Penn Medicine (inclusive of post-acute networks, outpatient therapy sites, acute rehabilitation unit, and LTACH)
Clinical Lead, Penn-Temple Long Term Care RISE Team (funded by PA Department of Health)
Department: Medicine

Contact information
150 Monument Road, Suite 300
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
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, post-acute care

Description of Other Expertise

Physician leadership, workplace culture, quality and patient safety, medical education, communication skills training, post-acute and long term care

Description of Research Expertise

Serious illness communication, hospice, palliative care, long term care

Selected Publications

Kilaru AS, Porges SB, Grossman L, Delgado MK, Morgan AU, Chaiyachati KH, Asch DA, Greysen SR, Lockwood AC, Hemmert KC, McGinley S, Mannion N, Huffenberger AM, Bressman E, O'Connor N, Khan N, Balachandran M, Snider CK, Xiong A, Mitra N, Lee KC: An accelerated hospital observation pathway to reduce length of stay for patients with COVID-19. Am J Manag Care 28(6): 262-268, Jun 2022.

Starr LT, Ulrich CM, Perez GA, Aryal S, Junker P, O'Connor NR, Meghani SH. : Hospice Enrollment, Future Hospitalization, and Future Costs Among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Patients Who Received Palliative Care Consultation. Am J Hosp Palliat Care 39(6): 619-632, June 2022.

Vaughn DM, Johnson PC, Jagielo AD, Topping CEW, Reynolds MJ, Kavanaugh AR, Webb JA, Fathi AT, Hobbs G, Brunner A, O'Connor N, Luger S, Bhatnagar B, LeBlanc TW, El-Jawahri A: Factors Associated with Health Care Utilization at the End of Life for Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. J Palliat Med 25(5): 749-756, May 2022.

Parikh RB, Manz CR, Nelson MN, Evans CN, Regli SH, O'Connor N, Schuchter LM, Shulman LN, Patel MS, Paladino J, Shea JA: Clinician perspectives on machine learning prognostic algorithms in the routine care of patients with cancer: a qualitative study. Support Care Cancer 30(5): 5363-4372, May 2022.

Li EH, Ferrell W, Klaiman T, Kumar P, O'Connor N, Schuchter LM, Chen J, Patel MS, Manz CR, Parikh RB: Impact of Behavioral Nudges on the Quality of Serious Illness Conversations Among Patients With Cancer: Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial. JCO Oncol Pract 18(4): 495-503, April 2022.

Paladino J, Sanders J, Kilpatrick LB, Prabhakar R, Kumar P, O'Connor N, Durieux B, Fromme EK, Benjamin E, Mitchell S: Serious Illness Care Programme-contextual factors and implementation strategies: a qualitative study. BMJ Support Palliat Care Feb 2022.

Takvorian SU, Bekelman J, Beidas RS, Schnoll R, Clifton ABW, Salam T, Gabriel P, Wileyto EP, Scott CA, Asch DA, Buttenheim AM, Rendle KA, Chaiyachati K, Shelton RC, Ware S, Chivers C, Schuchter LM, Kumar P, Shulman LN, O'Connor N, Lieberman A, Zentgraf K, Parikh RB: Behavioral economic implementation strategies to improve serious illness communication between clinicians and high-risk patients with cancer: protocol for a cluster randomized pragmatic trial. Implement Sci 16(1): 90, Sept 2021.

Webb JA, Traeger LN, Jagielo AD, Vaughn DM, Elyze M, Longley RM, Fathi AT, Hobbs GS, Brunner AM, O'Connor NR, Luger SM, Gustin JL, Bhatnagar B, Horick NK, El-Jawahri A: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Cancer 127(14): 2500-2506, July 2021.

Starr LT, O'Connor NR, Meghani SH: Improved Serious Illness Communication May Help Mitigate Racial Disparities in Care Among Black Americans with COVID-19. J Gen Intern Med 36(4): 1071-1076, April 2021.

El-Jawahri A, LeBlanc TW, Kavanaugh A, Webb JA, Jackson VA, Campbell TC, O'Connor N, Luger SM, Gafford E, Gustin J, Bhatnagar B, Walker AR, Fathi AT, Brunner AM, Hobbs GS, Nicholson S, Davis D, Addis H, Vaughn D, Horick N, Greer JA, Temel JS: Effectiveness of Integrated Palliative and Oncology Care for Patients With Acute Myeloid Leukemia: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Oncol 7(2): 238-245, Feb 2021.

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