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Nina Ross O'Connor, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Chief Medical Officer, Penn Medicine Hospice (formerly known as Penn Wissahickon Hospice)
Chief, Palliative Care Program, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Medical Director, Penn Home Palliative Care (formerly known as Caring Way)
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

Parikh RB, Manz C, Chivers C, Regli SH, Braun J, Draugelis ME, Schuchter LM, Shulman LN, Navathe AS, Patel MS, O'Connor NR: 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.

Swarm RA, Paice JA, Anghelescu DL, Are M, Bruce JY, Buga S, Chwistek M, Cleeland C, Craig D, Gafford E, Greenlee H, Hansen E, Kamal AH, Kamdar MM, LeGrand S, Mackey S, McDowell MR, Moryl N, Nabell LM, Nesbit S; BCPS, O'Connor N, Rabow MW, Rickerson E, Shatsky R, Sindt J, Urba SG, Youngwerth JM, Hammond LJ, Gurski LA: Adult Cancer Pain, Version 3.2019, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. J Natl Compr Canc Netw 17(8), August 2019.

Courtright KR, Chivers C, Becker M, Regli SH, Pepper LC, Draugelis ME, O'Connor NR: Electronic Health Record Mortality Prediction Model for Targeted Palliative Care Among Hospitalized Medical Patients: a Pilot Quasi-experimental Study. J Gen Intern Med July 2019.

Lakin JR, Desai M, Engelman K, O'Connor N, Teuteberg WG, Coackley A, Kilpatrick LB, Gawande A, Fromme EK: Earlier identification of seriously ill patients: an implementation case series. BMJ Support Palliat Care June 2019.

Kossman DA, Wolfrom SD, Haines S, Bagga M, Denno M, Ljubic L, O'Connor N: Just-in-Time Interdisciplinary Education for Hospice Care of Ventricular Assist Device Patients. J Palliat Med June 2019.

Courtright KR, O'Connor ND: Towards Scalable Hospital-Based Palliative Care: Challenges and Opportunities for Hospitalists. J Hosp Med 13(12): 881-2, December 2018.

Bansal AD, O'Connor NR, Casarett DJ: Perceptions of hospitalized patients and their surrogate decision makers on dialysis initiation: A pilot study. BMC Nephrol 19(1): 197, Aug 2018.

O'Connor NR: Hospice Among Hemodialysis Patients: Too Little Too Late to Impact Care Delivery or Costs? Am J Kidney Dis 35(7): 966-971, July 2018.

Foxwell AM, Moyer ME, Casarett DE, O'Connor NR: Palliative Care Office Hours for patients with hematologic malignancies: An innovative model for symptom management and education. Journal of Palliative Medicine 20(10): 1149, October 2017.

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