Professor of Nursing & Term Chair of Palliative Care
Associate Director, NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

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 Patient Life-Sustaining Wishes Advisory Committee to assess the feasibility of POLST paradigm in Pennsylvania. Between 2012-2014, Dr. Meghani served 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 (NAM) planning committee on Pain and Symptom Management for People with Serious Illness in the Context of the Opioid Crisis and reviewed NAM report, Assessing Progress on the Future of Nursing. Dr. Meghani is the past Chair of the American Pain Society’s Pain Disparities Shared Interest Group, and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

“My program of research combines an investigation of palliative care and social determinants of health– two layers of vulnerability embedded in the context of the complex healthcare system. I am committed to helping students and fellows develop skills and the scholarly tools to broach this important area of research.”


  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, 2005
  • MBE, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, 2005
  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, 2001
  • BSN, The Aga Khan University, School of Nursing , 1997