Judith E. Nelson, MD, JD, is appointed as Attending Physician and Associate Chief of the Palliative Medicine Service in the Division of Supportive Care and Survivorship. She is also appointed in Critical Care.
Dr. Nelson received her JD from Harvard Law School, and MD from New York University School of Medicine. She completed residency and fellowship at Mount Sinai in New York, and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Palliative Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and Critical Care Medicine.
Dr. Nelson’s research interests relate to integration of palliative care with intensive care and with oncologic care. She received a Faculty Scholar Award from the Soros Foundation’s Project on Death in America, the Roger Bone Award for Advances in End-of-Life Care from the American College of Chest Physicians, and the Grenvik Family Award for Ethics from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Nelson is Principal Investigator of a multi-center study funded by NIH to improve communication and decision-making for patients with chronic critical illness on prolonged mechanical ventilation. With support from an NIA K07 Academic Career Leadership Award and the Center to Advance Palliative Care, she launched The IPAL-ICU Project, of which she is Director, to assist in improving palliative care for ICU patients and families.
Dr. Nelson came to MSKCC with international recognition for her contributions to the advancement of high-quality palliative care for patients with acute and chronic critical illness, and for their families. She has been a pioneer in formulating an integrated model in which critical care and palliative medicine are seen as mutually enhancing.