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

Salimah H. Meghani has a long-standing commitment to advancing the field of palliative care through scholarship and service. During 2005-2007, she served on the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s state task force that assessed the status of palliative care in the state and formulated recommendations for improving advanced illness care for Pennsylvanians. Between 2007-2009, Dr. Meghani served on the Pennsylvania Patient Life-Sustaining Wishes Advisory Committee. This committee was appointed by the PA Secretary of Health to assess the feasibility of implementing Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment paradigm in Pennsylvania. This effort led to the endorsement of Pennsylvania POLST to ensure that seriously ill patients’ treatment wishes are documented and honored across healthcare settings. Dr. Meghani served as a member of the Institute of Medicine (now NAM) Study Committee that authored the report, Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.  Dr. Meghani was recently appointed on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine planning committee on Pain and Symptom Management for People with Serious Illness in the Context of the Opioid Crisis. She is one the core-co leads on the NIH/NINR-funded Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group. 

“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