University of Pennsylvania Health System
Chief Medical Officer, Penn Medicine at Home
Dr. Nina O’Connor attended Yale University and completed medical school, residency, and a faculty development fellowship at the University of Virginia. She later completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the faculty at Penn in 2013 and quickly assumed leadership for the palliative care program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She founded the palliative care program at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and served as program director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship from 2014 to 2017. In 2016, O’Connor became chief of palliative care for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the chief medical officer for Penn Hospice. In this role, she supports palliative and end-of-life care for all Penn Medicine hospitals and practices. O’Connor ‘s interests include measurement of palliative care value, barriers to hospice care, and serious illness communication training. She is partnering with the Penn Center for Innovation to redesign care for patients with advanced heart failure and with Harvard’s Ariadne Labs to implement systematic conversations about goals and values for all Penn patients with a serious illness.