Senior Fellow

Salimah Meghani, PhD, MBE, RN, FAAN

  • Professor, Biobehavioral and Health Sciences, Penn Nursing
  • Term Chair, Palliative Care, Penn Nursing

Salimah Meghani, PhD, MBE, RN, FAAN is a Professor of Nursing & Term Chair of Palliative Care, and Associate Director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the intersections of health disparities, decision science, and pain and symptom outcomes among seriously ill oncology patients. Dr. Meghani has a long-standing commitment to advancing the field of palliative care. Between 2005-2007, she served on the Taskforce to Improve Quality at the End of Life for Pennsylvanians and on the Patient Life-Sustaining Wishes Advisory Committee to assess the feasibility of POLST paradigm in Pennsylvania. Between 2012-2014, she was appointed to serve on the Institute of Medicine Study Committee that authored the report, Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life. More recently, she was a member of the National Academy of Medicine Planning Committee on Pain and Symptom Management for People with Serious Illness in the Context of the Opioid Crisis. Dr. Meghani is a past Chair of the American Pain Society’s Pain Disparities Shared Interest Group, and currently serves on the Editorial Board of Pain Medicine, the official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. She also serves as a Section Head Editor for the Journal of Pain Research. Her scholarship on pain, palliative care, and pain care disparities has been consistently disseminated in high impact journals and has informed clinical practice guidelines and policies.

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