Professor of Gerontological Nursing
Lucy Walker Term Professor
Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital

When other teenagers were babysitting, Sarah Hope Kagan was helping older friends and relatives recover after an injury or illness.

Dr. Kagan still cares for older people, combining evidence and relationships to help them manage health concerns, feel better, and achieve a sense of wellness. She specializes in working with older people living with cancer, which is under-addressed in nursing despite the increasing number of older adults for whom cancer is now a chronic disease.

“By bringing together knowledge, science, professional compassion, and personal empathy, I can help make an older person’s day or life better.”


  • PhD, University of California, San Francisco, 1994
  • MS, University of California, San Francisco, 1989
  • BS, Rush University, 1986
  • AB, University of Chicago, 1984