Diane Meier, M.D., founder and executive director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), is stepping down as the leader of that organization this coming April. Chief Strategy Officer Brynn Bowman will succeed Meier as executive director.
Meier, a geriatrician and palliative care specialist, has been a leading voice in the movement to improve access to palliative care in the United States. She is the author of more than 200 articles and several books and has appeared in numerous media outlets, including Hospice News.
“This leadership transition comes at the right time for CAPC. Our foundation is clearly established and we have achieved rapid, sustainable momentum across the nation,” said Meier. “I’ve worked alongside Brynn for over seven years. She is a seasoned CAPC strategist with an impressive track record of success in driving growth and innovation.”
In addition to her role at CAPC, Meier is vice-chair for public policy and professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine and Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Meier also founded the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine, where she served as director between 1997 and 2011.
Meier will have a continued role at CAPC as director emerita and strategic medical advisor.
Meier’s successor Bowman was instrumental to the launch of CAPC’s membership model and first offering of online educational content, a palliative care curriculum that has seen more than 70,000 clinician trainees at 1,700 organizations.
CAPC is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving access to quality palliative care for patients suffering from serious illness. The group is affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
“Together with the entire CAPC team and our colleagues, I will build on Diane Meier’s vision and the solid foundation she has put into place,” said Bowman. “I am deeply committed to further accelerating the value we bring to all of our member organizations, the entire U.S. health care system, and to all patients and families living with serious illness.”