Dr. R. Sean Morrison is the Hermann Merkin Professor of Palliative Care and Vice-Chair for Research in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is the director of the National Palliative Care Research Center, whose mission is to develop the knowledge base to meet the need of seriously ill patients and their families. (www.npcrc.org).
Dr. Morrison received his MD from the University of Chicago in 1986 and completed residency training in internal medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center from 1990-1993. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1993-1996) after which he joined the faculty at Mount Sinai in the department of geriatrics. He has received numerous awards for his research in geriatrics and palliative care, edited the first text-book on geriatric palliative care, and has published over 100 research articles in palliative care and geriatrics. His research focuses on decision making at the end of life, pain and symptom management in older adults, and health services research in palliative care.
Dr. Morrison chaired the NIA-C Study Section of the National Institutes of Health (2007-2009) and is the scientific officer of the Palliative and End-of-Life Care Review Panel of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He is the President-elect of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. In addition to his research and administrative activities, Dr. Morrison maintains an active clinical practice in which he cares for healthy older adults and for persons living with serious illness and their families. Dr. Morrison was featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series "On Our Own Terms" and is a frequent commentator on issues related to palliative care and geriatrics in the national media.
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