Wednesday, September 24, 2008
A large congratulations from Pallimed and the palliative medicine community to Dr. Diane Meier, who was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship this week from the MacArthur Foundation*. The fellowship is also know as the 'Genius Grant' since it is given to accomplished individuals in various fields who demonstrate commitment, creativity, and the ability to inspire others. The MacArthur Fellowship award is a generous unrestricted $500,000 grant.
As the director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, Dr. Meier has helped many hospitals around the country establish and maintain palliative care teams which has in turn affected probably hundreds of thousands of families and patients, if not more. Her leadership with this program as well as her numerous contributions to the palliative care literature makes her one of the pillars of palliative medicine.
Here is a short video (2:38) from the MacArthur Foundation** featuring Dr. Meier.
At the end of the video clip, Dr. Meier accepts the award graciously on behalf of palliative care and all the people who are making it happen. Congratulations and many thanks for your contributions over the years to the field!
What would you do if you got a Genius Grant?
*For all you NPR listeners out there this is the Macfound.org people.
**Slight criticism of choice of language by the MacArthur Foundation in the comments